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Chosen by Melinda L. Jenkins, PhD, FNP, assistant professor, School of Nursing, Columbia University, New York City


1. Pediatric Primary Care: A Handbook for Nurse Practitioners


By Catherine E. Burns, Ardys M. Dunn, Margaret A. Brady, Nancy Barber Starr, and Catherine G. Blosser. 3rd edition. St. Louis, Saunders.


This comprehensive text is a useful resource, for both the prevention and management of health problems, for pediatric primary care clinicians.


* Discusses assessment, differential diagnosis, management, and prevention


* Each chapter lists "Nursing Diagnoses" related to each problem


* Includes tables, graphics, Internet resources, and references



2. Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach

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By Ann B. Hamric, Judith A. Spross, and Charlene M. Hanson. 3rd edition. St. Louis, Saunders.


This valuable and essential overview of the history, role, and future of advanced practice nursing gives graduate nursing students and practitioners an important context for current clinical interventions.


* Editors are well-known, active contributors to advanced practice education and policy


* Web links, PowerPoint slides, and illustrations are available free of charge to instructors


* Current roles of advanced practice are discussed



3. Guidelines for Nurse Practitioners in Gynecologic Settings


By Joellen W. Hawkins, Diane M. Roberto-Nichols, and J. Lynn Stanley-Haney. 8th edition. New York City, Springer.


This up-to-date reference for women's health care out-lines illnesses, etiologies, typical patient histories, physical examinations, recommended laboratory tests, differential diagnoses, treatments, and follow-up.


* Contains patient education materials that can be copied and distributed


* Chapters are written in an outline format for quick reference


* Every chapter includes Internet resources and a bibliography




Chosen by Cheryl K. Schmidt, PhD, RN, clinical associate professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR


1. Community & Public Health Nursing


By Marcia Stanhope and Jeanette Lancaster. 6th edition. St. Louis, Mosby.


This comprehensive yet readable textbook incorporates current information on evidence-based practice, Healthy People 2010, and nurses' roles in disaster management and infectious disease prevention.


* Discusses real-life scenarios in question-and-answer format


* Includes "Did You Know?" and "What Did You Think?" features


* Appendices include screening and assessment tools and clinical practice guidelines



2. Health Promotion and Aging: Practical Applications for Health Professionals

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By David Haber. 3rd edition. New York City, Springer.


This book includes current research and practical applications to facilitate communication between practitioners and their elderly patients.


* Provides concise descriptions of resources for health maintenance


* Includes assessment tools, resource lists, and illustrations


* Presentation encourages clinicians to become better educators



3. Helping Schoolchildren with Chronic Health Conditions: A Practical Guide

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By Daniel L. Clay. New York City, The Guilford Press.


This outstanding resource is invaluable to interdisciplinary school health care staff who work with chronically ill or disabled schoolchildren.


* Comprehensive descriptions of chronic disorders encountered in schoolchildren


* Includes standard forms, guidelines, and tools to help children succeed


* Lay-flat binding allows easy photocopying and daily use




Chosen by Pamela J. Haylock, MA, RN, doctoral student, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing, Galveston, TX


1. Over the Influence: The Harm Reduction Guide for Managing Drugs and Alcohol


By Patt Denning, Jeannie Little, and Adina Glickman. New York City, The Guilford Press.


These authors offer a holistic approach to the often difficult road to recovery from substance abuse.


* Provides an alternative to 12-step programs


* Includes self-discovery tools, fact sheets, and personal accounts


* Offers tips to families and friends to aid in the recovery process



2. The Nursing Mother's Herbal

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By Sheila Humphrey. Minneapolis, Fairview Press.


This book meticulously explores the use of herbs for health issues, particularly for breastfeeding mothers.


* Integrates scientific exploration of plants and the holistic nursing perspective


* Offers alternative treatment to common health problems


* Includes easy-to-use appendix on plant safety and a list of organizations and Web resources



3. Invitation to Holistic Health: A Guide to Living a Balanced Life


By Charlotte Eliopoulos. Sudbury, MA, Jones and Bartlett.


This book offers insight into the balanced application of technology and natural and complementary therapies for optimal holistic health.


* Includes self-assessment of health habits to facilitate change


* Topics include nutrition, mindful exercise, humor, and remedies


* Suggested readings guide user to more in-depth exploration of each topic




Chosen by Connie Barden, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist, Mercy Hospital, Miami


1. Critical Care Skills: A Clinical Handbook


By Barbara Clark Mims, Kathleen H. Toto, Laura E. Luecke, Mary K. Roberts, Jacqueline D. Brock, and Tracy E. Tyner. 2nd edition. St. Louis, Saunders.


This thorough reference on critical care procedures and interventions excels in its readability and practical application to critical care.


* Sections are organized consistently


* Procedures and explanations are based on current research


* Pocket-sized reference is easy to carry



2. Cardiovascular Nursing Secrets

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By Leslie Davis. St. Louis, Mosby.


This book's comprehensive question-and-answer format offers a well-organized and practical approach to cardiovascular nursing in both inpatient and outpatient settings.


* Lists "top secrets" of cardiovascular nursing for quick reference


* Spotlights specific populations, such as women, older adults, and diabetics


* Discusses current controversies in care



3. Arrhythmia Recognition: The Art of Interpretation


By Tomas B. Garcia and Geoffrey T. Miller. Sudbury, MA, Jones and Bartlett.


Avoiding the usual approach of bombarding the reader with rhythm strips and isolated diagnostic facts, this book provides an in-depth analysis of the most common arrhythmias.


* Describes each rhythm and its variances


* Comprehensively examines arrhythmia recognition and diagnosis


* Includes brilliant color graphics and a 75-rhythm strip test




Chosen by Alma Dixon, EdD, MSN, MPH, RN, dean, Mary Lou Burroughs, MSN, RN, instructor, and Marcia Miller Posey, EdD, MSN, RN, assistant professor, School of Nursing, Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, FL


1. Oncology Nursing Clinical Reference (CD-ROM, PDA Software)


By Shirley E. Otto. St. Louis, Mosby.


This comprehensive and succinct CD-ROM offers nurses information on pain management and end-of-life issues in both adult and pediatric oncology populations.


* Simple to navigate and allows for Internet linking


* Available for use with Windows, pocket PCs, and Palm Pilots


* Includes complementary, alternative, and hormonal therapies



2. Procedures Version 2.2 (CD-ROM)

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By Springhouse. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


This CD-ROM is an excellent aid for health care facilities developing nursing procedures online to ensure that all staff follow Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health-care Organizations requirements.


* Each procedure includes tips on equipment, implementation, and documentation


* Checklists for each procedure allow for tracking of staff competency


* More than 700 illustrations, photos, and video clips



3. HIPAA Health: The Privacy Rule and Health Care Practice


By LearnSomething. Upper Saddle River, NJ, Prentice Hall Health.


This CD-ROM renders the new privacy laws palatable, providing vital information about policies and procedures for clinicians and students.


* Includes a complete overview of privacy regulations


* Incorporates examples to illustrate specific scenarios


* Examination available for the instructor's use




Chosen by Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, associate professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD


1. Health Promotion and Aging: Practical Applications for Health Professionals


By David Haber. 3rd edition. New York City, Springer.


Scientifically sound, clinically relevant, and above all, practical, this text reviews the evidence on aging and suggests ways in which the theories can be used with older adults.


* Comprehensive review of research in health promotion and disease prevention


* Excellent chapter on complementary therapies


* More than 400 references and Web pages relevant to behavioral change



2. Nursing Home Ethics: Everyday Issues Affecting Residents with Dementia

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By Bethel Ann Powers. New York City, Springer.


This exceptional resource realistically presents the challenges caregivers face daily in the care of cognitively impaired older adults.


* Provides case examples of ethical challenges; explains how to create an ethics committee


* Addresses both patient and caregiver perspectives


* Includes analytic approaches such as "descriptive ethics"



3. Gerontologic Palliative Care Nursing: Quality Care to the End of Life


By Marianne Laporte Matzo and Deborah Witt Sherman. St. Louis, Mosby.


This all-inclusive book addresses cultural and spiritual issues in palliative care provided to older adults in a variety of settings.


* Features symptom management in specific diseases


* Addresses traditional treatment, complementary options, and a team approach


* Excellent discussion on advance directives




Chosen by Pamela J. Maraldo, PhD, RN, president, PJM Associates, New York City


1. Consumer-Driven Health Care: Implications for Providers, Payers, and Policymakers


Edited by Regina E. Herzlinger. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass.


This candid collection of essays discusses the causes of our seemingly insurmountable problems in health care and the consumer's ability to exercise control of its delivery.


* Accurately depicts today's well-educated, Internet-searching consumer


* Provides lessons from the financial services, automobile, and retail industries


* Shows all aspects of decision making in the competitive marketplace



2. Escape Fire: Designs for the Future of Health Care

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By Donald M. Berwick. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass.


This collection of warm and timely speeches given at the National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care provides a framework for health care reform.


* Discusses medical error and the ways in which it might be avoided


* Advocates patient-driven change at every level of health care


* Emphasizes the need to examine unorthodox approaches to problem solving



3. Health Policy: Crisis and Reform in the U.S. Health Care Delivery System


By Charlene Harrington and Carroll L. Estes. 4th edition. Sudbury, MA, Jones and Bartlett.


With clarity and depth, contributors to this rich anthology analyze pressing problems ranging from the uninsured to the health problems encountered in globalization.


* Examines failed reform attempts, such as mergers and retail strategies


* Discussion centers on the uninsured and underinsured


* Includes essays on the political and economic dynamics of health care




Chosen by Roberta C. Cavendish, PhD, RN, CPN, associate professor of nursing, City University of New York, The College of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY


1. Handbook of Pediatric Psychology


Edited by Michael C. Roberts. 3rd edition. New York City, The Guilford Press.


This resource fills a gap in contemporary pediatrics, integrating procedures that target the psychological and physical well-being of children, adolescents, and families.


* Evidence-based practice for improved management of child health


* Highlights pediatric pharmacology and psychopharmacology


* Addresses evolving issues in pediatric psychology in the post-9/11 world



2. Breastfeeding and Human Lactation

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Edited by Jan Riordan. 3rd edition. Sudbury, MA, Jones and Bartlett.


This well-organized reference provides information vital to the success of breastfeeding; for practitioners, lactation consultants, and breastfeeding women of diverse cultures.


* Elucidates current research and describes the importance of it


* Provides a cogent argument in support of breastfeeding


* Includes a CD-ROM and color insert that depict proper breastfeeding techniques



3. Infection in the Neonate: A Comprehensive Guide to Assessment, Management, and Nursing Care


By Debbie Fraser Askin. Santa Rosa, CA, NICU Ink.


This focused and comprehensive reference applies microbiology to the understanding of neonatal infections.


* Illuminates neonatal pharmacology


* Excellent appendix supporting the management of care


* CE course provides opportunity for 20 credit hours




Chosen by Diane Lenk, MSN, RN, CS, CWOCN, clinical nurse specialist, Botsford General Hospital, Farmington Hills, MI


1. Care of the Adult with a Chronic Illness or Disability: A Team Approach


By Leslie Jean Neal and Sharron E. Guillett. St. Louis, Mosby.


This book highlights the nurse's role in an interdisciplinary team providing care to adults with chronic illnesses or disabilities.


* Describes treatments, end-of-life issues, and family and caregiver concerns


* Each section includes guidelines for assessment


* Includes tables, illustrations, and resources, including Internet sites



2. Wound Care Essentials: Practice Principles

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By Sharon Baranoski and Elizabeth A. Ayello. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


This scientific and pathophysiologic resource emphasizes caring for both the wound and the patient.


* Discusses acute care, home care, long-term care, and clinics


* Includes information on vascular, diabetic, and sickle-cell ulcers


* Graphics illustrate wound assessment and treatment



3. Rapid Assessment: A Flowchart Guide to Evaluating Signs and Symptoms


By Springhouse. Edited by Stacey Ann Follin. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


This resource gives quick, concise information on more than 200 frequently encountered signs and symptoms.


* Signs and symptoms are arranged alphabetically


* Various diagnostic tests are considered


* Includes special alerts, pediatric pointers, and issues of aging




Chosen by Betty Smith-Campbell, PhD, RN, associate professor, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS


1. Many Voices: Toward Caring Culture in Healthcare and Healing


Edited by Kathryn Hopkins Kavanagh and Virginia Knowlden. Madison, WI, The University of Wisconsin Press.


This research-based book provides a foundation that integrates caring, health, and culture for students in the health care profession.


* Vivid stories illuminate the meaning of culture


* Shows how cultural understanding improves care


* Teaching methods include the use of narratives



2. Academic Nursing Practice: Helping to Shape the Future of Healthcare

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Edited by Lois K. Evans and Norma M. Lang. New York City, Springer.


This guide provides practical information to help develop and implement a nurse-managed practice based on the experiences of people at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and other programs.


* Details strategies such as how to secure financial support and acquire business expertise


* Shows how to set up clinical information systems and incorporate research into practice


* Creates a detailed picture of academic nursing practice



3. Nursing Students with Disabilities: Change the Course


By Donna Carol Maheady. River Edge, NJ, Exceptional Parent Press.


Through stories, the author provides strategies to help students with disabilities and their teachers in navigating nursing programs without compromising education.


* Refreshing first-person accounts given by students with disabilities


* Includes information about individualized programs


* Useful for institutions as nurses age and the number of disabilities among them increases




Chosen by Eloise B. Carthcart, MSN, RN, consultant, Cambridge, MA, and senior associate, Institute for Nursing Healthcare Leadership, Boston


1. Speaking of Nursing: Narratives of Practice, Research, Policy and the Profession


By Donna Diers. Sudbury, MA, Jones and Bartlett.


Diers's honest and provocative voice demonstrates the highly developed skills, judgment, and character that nurses must possess.


* Essays and speeches spanning 40 years of nursing


* Scholarly presentation of the essence and power of nursing practice


* Outlines the development of the nursing profession



2. The Patient Safety Handbook

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Edited by Barbara J. Youngberg and Martin Hatlie. Sudbury, MA, Jones and Bartlett.


This handbook contains contributions by nearly 70 unique perspectives of experts detailing why patient safety systems fail and suggests remedies for today's problems.


* The foreword emphasizes the patient's role in maintaining safety


* Appropriate for students, clinicians, and administrators


* Includes in-depth references and bibliographies



3. Relationship-Based Care: A Model for Transforming Practice


Edited by Mary Koloroutis. Minneapolis, Creative Health Care Management.


This book, highlighting a patient-and-family-centered care model, offers practical information for building a strong nursing practice, gaining professional satisfaction, and providing excellent care.


* Addresses the current health care environment and the challenges it faces


* Offers straightforward and practical information


* Includes questions for self-assessment




Chosen by Susan L. Woods, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, professor and associate dean, academic services, University of Washington, Seattle


1. Instruments for Clinical Health-Care Research


By Marilyn Frank-Stromborg and Sharon J. Olsen. 3rd edition. Sudbury, MA, Jones and Bartlett.


This accessible and well-written book provides health care professionals with information on essential issues that influence the development of clinical research instruments.


* Each chapter includes a published exemplar and a brief critique of it


* Tables include descriptions of research instruments and psychometric indices


* Accessible to researchers, clinicians, and students



2. Reading, Understanding, and Applying Nursing Research: A Text and Workbook

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By James A. Fain. 2nd edition. Philadelphia, F.A. Davis.


Directed to undergraduate nursing students, Fain's text details how to read, present, and critically evaluate research reports, as well as how to apply findings to practice.


* Eighty pages of short-answer, multiple-choice, and critical-thinking questions


* Chapters include learning objectives, key words, and Web resources


* Clear statements concerning the investigative functions of nurses at any educational level



3. Conducting Research in Long-Term Care Settings


By Brenda Lewis Cleary. New York City, Springer.


Cleary provides a framework for conducting research in long-term care by scrutinizing research methodologies and how to implement them.


* Targets nurses working in institutions at which there is reluctance to change


* Addresses both health services and health policy research


* Covers ethics, research design, and the dissemination of findings




Chosen by Donna Wilk Cardillo, MA, RN, president, Cardillo & Associates, Sea Girt, NJ


1. Legal, Ethical, and Political Issues in Nursing


By Tonia Dandry Aiken. 2nd edition. Philadelphia, F.A. Davis.


This in-depth guide to legal and ethical issues is a practical resource for understanding the legal aspects of the workplace.


* Complex subject matter is presented through real examples


* Writing style inspires enthusiasm for legal, ethical, and political issues


* Questions in each chapter encourage thought and discussion



2. Transforming Nurses' Stress and Anger: Steps Toward Healing

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By Sandra P. Thomas. 2nd edition. New York City, Springer.


This self-help guide addresses burnout, oppression, and substance abuse and relates these issues to anger and stress.


* Explores personal accounts of anger and how it affects nurses


* Includes strategies for dealing with anger


* Guides readers to experience healing through understanding



3. How to Survive and Maybe Even Love Nursing School!! A Guide for Students by Students


By Kelli S. Dunham. 2nd edition. Philadelphia, F.A. Davis.


This practical and humorous guide can successfully assist students traveling the path toward professional nursing.


* Valuable tips on choosing a school, taking the NCLEX examination, and securing the first job


* Extensive compilation of Web resources


* Includes illustrations, cartoons, and informative sidebars




Chosen by Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, APRN,BC, assistant professor, Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, Washington, DC


1. Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies for Health and Well-Being


By Brian Luke Seaward. 4th edition. Sudbury, MA, Jones and Bartlett.


This visually appealing text dealing with stress management embraces a holistic philosophy that considers the physiologic and psychological manifestations of stress.


* Comprehensive exploration of stress and coping measures


* Includes case studies, illustrations, and self-assessment exercises


* Includes a relaxation CD



2. Psychiatric Nursing: Contemporary Practice

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By Mary Ann Boyd. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


This text is ideal for nursing undergraduates seeking an understanding of psychiatric disorders and nursing practice.


* Thorough chapters describe the biologic foundations of psychiatric disorders


* NCLEX notes are interspersed throughout


* Contains a CD-ROM and Web links and lists movies that highlight specific disorders


* 3. Transforming Nurses' Stress and Anger: Steps Toward Healing



By Sandra P. Thomas. 2nd edition. New York City, Springer.


A refreshing exploration of an emotion all nurses feel as a result of workplace stressors, interaction with others, and obstacles to good care.


* Explains the precipitants, types, and manifestations of anger


* Includes the findings of current research on stress and anger


* Offers suggestions for self-care and prevention




Chosen by Veneta Masson, MA, RN, nurse and writer, Washington, DC


1. Postcards of Nursing: A Worldwide Tribute


By Michael Zwerdling. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


This colorful coffee-table history offers a pictorial account of a century of nursing worldwide, focusing on the "Golden Age of Postcards" (1907 to World War I).


* Narratives introduce each chapter and provide a context for the images


* Offers a fresh look at the popular history of nursing worldwide


* Contains 580 photographs, cartoons, poster art, and advertisements



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