Professional Nursing Practice: Concepts and Perspectives

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To meet the demands of a dramatically changing health care system, nurses must change and grow. Now, more than ever, they are challenged to be effective members of collaborative health care teams; to creatively implement strategies with clients of diverse cultural backgrounds; to manage personnel and budgets; and to understand holistic healing modalities and complementary therapies. Professional Nursing Practice: Concepts and Perspectives, Third Edition, has been thoroughly revised to address topics such as managed care, critical thinking, and the nature of professional nursing practice today. This text is intended for RNs who are in transition or in bridge programs to pursue BSNs.

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Exploring the professional roles of health promoter, teacher-learner, leader-manager, research consumer, advocate, colleague, and collaborator, as identified by the ANA Standards of Professional Performance, Professional Nursing Practice: Concepts and Perspectives, 4th Ed. details the historical, theoretical, ethical, and legal foundations of professional nursing. Current and comprehensive, it provides a complete discussion of the changing health care system especially as it relates to health care economics, nursing in a culture of violence, and nursing in a culturally and spiritually diverse world. Additional features include:

  • New—Chapters on Returning to School after practicing in the field, Nursing Informatics, and the History of Nursing
  • NewNurse Connect Logo that refers the reader to the Companion Website.
  • Consider (critical thinking) questions — applying content to real-world experiences.
  • Book Shelf — Reading suggestions for contemporary and classic literature.
  • Research Boxes — presents research from all around the world — encourage awareness of evidence based practice and outcomes.
  • Challenges and Opportunities section at the beginning of each chapter.

New — Online Course Management Systems — Ask your Prentice Hall Representative or go to for more information about the Black Board, Course Compass, and WebCT courses that accompany Professional Nursing Practice, 4th Ed.

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To meet the demands of a dramatically changing health care system, nurses must change and grow. Skills in communication and interpersonal relations are needed for nurses to become effective members of a collaborative health care team. Nurses need to think critically and be creative in implementing nursing strategies with clients of diverse cultural and spiritual backgrounds in increasingly diverse settings. They need skills in teaching, collaborating, leading, managing, advocacy, political involvement, and analyzing and applying theory and research findings to practice. Nurses must be prepared to provide care not only in hospitals, but also in client homes and other community-based settings, including clinics, schools, occupational sites, faith-based communities, homeless shelters, and prisons. Their unique role demands a blend of nurturance, compassion, sensitivity, caring, empathy, commitment, courage, competence, and skill based on broad knowledge of the arts, humanities, biological and social sciences, and nursing science. In addition, an understanding of holistic healing modalities and complementary therapies is becoming more essential. In this book we address concepts on which nurses can build their repertoire of professional nursing, knowledge. These concepts include, but are not limited to, wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention; holistic care; multiculturalism; nursing history; technology and informatics; nursing theories and conceptual frameworks; nursing research; and professional empowerment and politics.

Professional Nursing Practice: Concepts and Perspectives, 4th edition, is intended as a text for registered nurses who are in transition or bridge programs to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing. It may also be used in generic nursing programs or in transition or bridge programs for vocational nurses (LPNs or LVNs) to complete the professional nursing baccalaureate degree. This text has been revised extensively to reflect the additional areas of knowledge that practicing nurses require to be effective in the changing health care system. A new organization in the text emphasizes the foundational knowledge related to professional nursing, including nursing history, nursing theory, ethics, and legal aspects; the processes guiding nursing, including communication, group, change, and technology and informatics; nursing in a changing health care-delivery system, including health care economics, cultural and spiritual dimensions of nursing care, nursing in a culture of violence; and nursing in the new millennium, which discusses advanced nursing education and practice and visions for the future of nursing.


There are eight new chapters, one new feature, and a new website created for the fourth edition of Professional Nursing Practice: Conceits and Perspectives.

  • New chapters focus on important topics and concepts for today's nurse. They include Chapter 1, "Beginning the Transition: Journey to Professionalism," Chapter 3, "Historical Foundations of Professional Nursing," Chapter 11, "The Nurse as Advocate," Chapter 12, "The Nurse as Colleague and Collaborator," and Chapter 13, "Communication," Chapter 16, "Technology and Informatics," Chapter 17, "Nursing in an Evolving Health Care Delivery System," and Chapter 18, "Health Care Economics."
  • Nurse Connect logos in each chapter. The web address will take the reader to a website created to support, enhance, and update chapter content. The website has links to nursing, health care, and other sites that provide current information related to the profession and health care.


The fourth edition of Professional Nursing Practice: Concepts and Perspectives retains several of the features that have been well received by faculty and, students who have used previous editions:

  • Updated nursing research notes in each chapter describe relevant studies and relate them to clinical practice.
  • Bookshelf boxes provide additional readings from popular and professional literature that enhance understanding of chapter content. The readings were chosen to pique student interest in exploring additional literary sources outside the classroom. For example, the readings in Chapter 21, "Nursing in a Culturally and Spiritually Diverse World," provide first-person accounts of the personal experiences of people of diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Practicing nurse profiles occur in two chapters, Chapter 19 "Providing Care in the Home and Community," and Chapter 22, "Advanced Nursing Education and Practice." The profiles include information about why these practitioners chose their specific practice areas, what qualities they think are necessary to be a nurse in this setting, what their job entails, and what encouragement they would offer a nurse considering practice in this setting. The profiles provide useful first-person perspectives for readers.
  • "Consider. . ." sections occur in each chapter. This feature presents questions or ideas for readers to reflect upon and discuss. Items are related to the content presented and are intended to stimulate critical thinking. In most cases, the Consider questions encourage readers to apply the chapter content to their own areas of practice, be it a clinical specialty, a geographic area, or a personal belief about practice. These sections can be used as a basis for group discussions in a classroom setting, bulletin board or chat-room discussions for web-based courses, or independent learning.
  • All chapters retained from the previous edition have been completely updated.


This edition is organized into five units, with an introductory chapter preceding the first unit. Units and chapters can be used independently or in any sequence.

  • Chapter 1, "Beginning the Transition: Journey to Professionalism," was created to assist registered nurses as they return to school. It provides information regarding factors influencing nurses' return to school for baccalaureate and higher degrees and overcoming barriers that may interfere with student success.
  • Unit 1, "Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice," focuses on the concepts of professional and professionalism, historical influences on nursing, ethical and legal issues, and nursing theories and conceptual frameworks for nursing.
  • Unit 2, "Professional Nursing Roles," includes information related to the professional roles of health promoter and care provider, learner and teacher, leader and manager, research consumer, advocate, and colleague and collaborator.
  • Unit 3, "Processes Guiding Professional Practice," focuses on processes used in professional nursing practice, including communication process, change process, group process, and the use of technology and informatics.
  • Unit 4, "Professional Nursing in a Changing Health Care Delivery System," includes chapters devoted to nursing in an evolving health care delivery system, health care economics, providing care in the home and community, nursing in a culture of violence, and nursing in a culturally and spiritually diverse world.
  • Unit 5, "Into the New Millennium," looks at the future of nurses and nursing. It includes chapters on advanced nursing education and practice, and visions for the future of nursing.

We hope this book helps learners from diverse backgrounds appreciate the proud heritage of professional nursing, understand what is meant by professional, view nursing as a profession, and develop knowledge and abilities that will contribute to the advancement of the profession. In addition, we hope the knowledge gained will help nurses provide quality care in a constantly changing health care system.

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