A thorough introduction to nursing as a profession, this 4th edition updates an always-popular text. The book starts with the history of nursing and its coming of age, and goes on to discuss professional socialization. Written by Kay Chitty along with other expert contributors, it examines the theories surrounding the profession - including role definition, major concepts in the field, finance, culture, the health care delivery system, and the challenges facing nurses in the future.
- Interviews with established and respected professional nurses examine today's issues.
- News Notes use press clippings to show perceptions of nurses and the nursing profession.
- Research Notes offer insights gained from evidence-based practice as well as nursing research.
- Real-life case studies accompany the professional behaviors mentioned in the text.
- Critical Thinking questions and self-development activities help students apply their knowledge, begin their own professional socialization, and develop a personal philosophy of nursing.
- Learning aids include key terms and learning objectives to begin each chapter, and a summary of key points at the end.
- Historical notes and vignettes supplement and emphasize the content.
- The book is updated throughout, with topics including Medicare, the nursing shortage, recruitment and retention, managed care and health reform, plus national health insurance.
- Adds new content on educational patterns in nursing, group communication, nursing informatics, and nursing roles within the community.