Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the United States today, with more than 3 million nurses practicing in a variety of settings. Written in clear, accessible language, Principles of Health: Nursing is indispensable to anyone interested in learning more about the profession, a career in nursing, and the role of nurses in today’s health care. Nursing introduces students and researchers to the fundamentals of nursing using easy to understand language that provides a solid background for a deeper understanding and appreciation of this crucial profession.
This work begins with a comprehensive Editor’s Introduction to the topic of nursing. Following the Introduction, Principles of Health: Nursing includes 104 entries arranged in seven broad categories:
- What is Nursing? provides a general overview of the history of nursing and how the profession has evolved over the years.
- Nursing Theory offers in-depth articles outlining the various nursing theories which define what nurses do and why they do it.
- Nursing Theorists profiles thirteen individuals whose nursing theories are based on a variety of concepts, including patient-centered care, stress-reduction, treating a patient’s inter-related systems, scientific knowledge, self-esteem, and interaction between nurse and consumer.
- Becoming a Nurse includes fourteen essays designed to identify the steps necessary to not only become a nurse but to understand the different options available in becoming a successful nurse.
- Skills Needed in Nursing discusses more general skills needed to succeed at nursing, like leadership, time management, interpersonal communication, writing skills, technical skills, community service, public speaking and networking.
- Nursing Specialties includes twenty-three specific types of nursing options available, from more general roles, like staff nurse, travel nurse, and nurse administrator, to very specific ones, such as neonatal, wound care, and clinical research.
- Specific Nursing Care offers a great variety of ways that nurses can use their skills and talents.
Some the entries discussed in this volume include:
Each entry includes an Abstract that provides a brief, concrete summary of the topic and its significance, followed by a detailed essay that provides extensive background to the topic and explains its significance to the field of nursing. Photos and illustrations enhance many of the entries, and a list of Further Reading for those who wish to pursue the topic in more depth appears at the end of each entry. In addition, Principles of Health: Nursing includes helpful back matter, such as a list of Nursing Terminology, a comprehensive General Bibliography, and a Subject Index.
Essays are comprehensive and accessible to high school and undergraduate students and general readers interested in nursing—a must-have resource for students and researchers building a foundation in the study of this topic.
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