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Overview

The primary purpose of THE PRACTICE ENVIRONMENT OF NURSING: ISSUES AND TRENDS is to provide the registered nursing student with tools to build the required problem-solving skills to do the job. With contributions from expert clinicians, administrators and educators, this resource was developed with an eye toward what is needed for the successful transition into practice. Written in a manner that encourages the students and the professor to become engaged in an active discussion, each chapter contains case studies that may be used individually or as a group assignment. In addition, Internet Assignments and Written Assignments are placed throughout the chapters to encourage individual critical thinking, continuing dialog, thoughtful discussion and classroom debate. THE PRACTICE ENVIRONMENT OF NURSING: ISSUES AND TRENDS can be used in the traditional setting or accompany an online course. The Online Companion™ includes links to relevant websites, learning activities, case studies, and practice questions. To assist faculty, THE PRACTICE ENVIRONMENT OF NURSING: ISSUES AND TRENDS also features the Instructor Resource to Accompany The Practice Environment of Nursing, which includes an Instructor's Manual, Testbank in ExamView consisting of over 600 questions and a presentation done in PowerPoint© for each chapter in the book.

Karin A. Polifko-Harris,

Dr. Karin Polifko's career has spanned both the academic and service fields of health care. Currently, Dr. Polifko is the Vice President, Operations and Academic Affairs, where she is responsible for development of the Remington College of Nursing, and other nursing programs within the Remington Colleges system. Along with teaching experience at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, she has held positions as Consulting Dean, South College, Tennessee, as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Florida and as Chair and Graduate Director at Christopher Newport University, Virginia. Dr. Polifko has extensive administrative experience in a variety of health care settings, in the roles of Vice President of System Development and Research, Administrative Director and Director of Nursing. Past consulting projects include program development, organizational change assessment and evaluation, outcomes systems management, and leadership assessment. Her first textbook, Case Applications in Nursing Leadership and Management was published in 2004, and a second, Concepts of the Nursing Profession, was published in 2007. Dr. Polifko received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, her Doctorate in Public Administration and a certificate in Advanced Policy Analysis from Old Dominion University.
  • Each chapter opens with a list of objectives.
  • Internet exercises in each chapter engage readers in active learning and critical thinking while stretching their skills online.
  • Innovative writing exercises in each chapter build upon information covered by providing written activities requiring thoughtful analysis and critical thinking.
  • Web links throughout each chapter involve students in active learning.
  • A challenging case study at the end of the chapter applies the chapter content and sets the stage for engaging class discussion.
PART 1: PAST TO PRESENT IN THE PROFESSION.
1. The current state of the nursing discipline.
2. Evolution of the medical and allied health professions.
3. Progression of the nursing field: Past and present.
4. Nursing workforce issues.
5. Where are all the nursing faculty?
6. The newest nursing specialties.
PART 2: THE ENVIRONMENT THAT INFLUENCES NURSING CARE.
7. Policy: Assessment, development, analysis and evaluation.
8. Health policy.
9. The political influence on the nursing profession.
10. The financial health care environment.
11. Insurance – and its effects on health care in the U.S.
12. Cost, access and quality: Critical health care issues.
13. Information and life long learning.
14. Evidence-based practice.
15. Trends in workplace safety.
PART 3: TRANSITION AND GROWTH.
16. The successful mentor / mentee relationship.
17. The nursing role in the next decade.
18. Test taking strategies, including NCLEX, GRE & certification exams.
19. Transitioning from student to professional nurse.
20. Achieving life-work balance.
21. Health literacy.
22. Advocacy in the public arena.
23. The practice environment: Anticipating the future.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133482287
  • ISBN-13: 9781133482284
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  • ISBN-10: 1428317929
  • ISBN-13: 9781428317925
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FOR INSTRUCTORS

The Practice Environment of Nursing

ISBN: 9781428317925
The primary purpose of THE PRACTICE ENVIRONMENT OF NURSING: ISSUES AND TRENDS is to provide the registered nursing student with tools to build the required problem-solving skills to do the job. With contributions from expert clinicians, administrators and educators, this resource was developed with an eye toward what is needed for the successful transition into practice. Written in a manner that encourages the students and the professor to become engaged in an active discussion, each chapter contains case studies that may be used individually or as a group assignment. In addition, Internet Assignments and Written Assignments are placed throughout the chapters to encourage individual critical thinking, continuing dialog, thoughtful discussion and classroom debate. THE PRACTICE ENVIRONMENT OF NURSING: ISSUES AND TRENDS can be used in the traditional setting or accompany an online course. The Online Companion™ includes links to relevant websites, learning activities, case studies, and practice questions. To assist faculty, THE PRACTICE ENVIRONMENT OF NURSING: ISSUES AND TRENDS also features the Instructor Resource to Accompany The Practice Environment of Nursing, which includes an Instructor's Manual, Testbank in ExamView consisting of over 600 questions and a presentation done in PowerPoint© for each chapter in the book.

Online Companion

ISBN: 9781428317949
Free Online Companion offers Links to websites in the book, student directed Learning Activities for students, Additional case studies, and additional online resources (as applicable). Password protected instructor side also includes the Instructor Resources.

FOR STUDENTS

The Practice Environment of Nursing

ISBN: 9781428317925
THE PRACTICE ENVIRONMENT OF NURSING: ISSUES AND TRENDS takes a clear and frank health policy approach as it offers relevant concept discussions for the future RN to apply in their first professional role as a registered nurse. With the contributions from expert clinicians, administrators and educators in their respective fields, this book covers everything that is needed for the successful transition from student to registered nurse. This book also encourages exploration of the larger social context that forms, molds, and impacts nursing practice. Innovative, current chapters include Health Disparities, Insurance, and Health Policy, as well as vital information on taking the NCLEX Exam, workplace safety and much more.