Transitions to Professional Nursing Practice - 2nd Edition
Jamie Murphy, The State University of New York at Delhi
Copyright Year: 2020
ISBN 13: 9781641760904
Publisher: Open SUNY
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The author strives to strike a balance in the amount of detail required in an ADN to BSN course that covers a broad range of topics. Clearly, different faculty will have areas where they wish there was more or less depth. As an example,... read more
The author strives to strike a balance in the amount of detail required in an ADN to BSN course that covers a broad range of topics. Clearly, different faculty will have areas where they wish there was more or less depth. As an example, leadership theories are covered briefly in a table in Chapter 4, but I am not sure a student could truly understand and apply these theories to their nursing practice based on the minimal coverage. However, faculty could augment this topic with other resources or case studies if desired.
I found no significant errors or statements that implied bias in this text.
Like most nursing textbooks in this arena, updates will be needed when the new Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Practice are formally adopted soon, since this text is based on the most recent version of the Essentials released in 2008. This issue is not unique to this work, though.
The writing is clear, concise, and accessible to undergraduate students.
The text and chapters flow together and are written with one voice.
Organization of the text is clear. Given the topics, chapters could be used together or in a stand-alone / remix format. Headings are used appropriately and helps organize and divide the content for the reader.
Well organized and easy to follow.
Online version of the text is easy to navigate, with images and tables appearing in appropriate places. Links appear to work. The pdf version of the text offers portability and the ability to print the text easily if students prefer that option.
Well written; no significant grammatical errors noted.
Given the topical coverage, I think the author does an adequate job here. For example, in the communication chapter (Ch 3), differences in gender communication styles are covered, which is something that is important and only in a handful of nursing textbooks. However, little coverage is given to other cultural issues in nursing.
SUMMARY: This book is written for nursing students transitioning into professional nursing practice in an ADN to BSN program. Six chapters, which could be used alone or kept together for an entire course, are written at an appropriate level for most undergraduate students. Chapter 1 lays the foundation for what a profession is and what professional nursing practice specifically is. Chapter 2 overviews the importance of professional development. Chapter 3 discusses communication, including SBAR and interprofessional communication issues. Chapter 4 focuses on leadership and briefly covers major leadership theories applicable to nursing practice. Chapter 5 centers on nursing theory and how it can be used to develop nursing practice. Chapter 6 discusses professional organizations, focusing mainly on the ANA and the benefits to being active in professional organizations. Links to other specialty organizations are included. Overall, this book is a very useful resource for a wide range of nursing students, as faculty can use this as a base for content and then augment it with additional resources, case studies, and application questions. I appreciate the author's efforts for writing this text.
This text covers all of the elements typically covered in a course on professional nursing practice for RN to BSN students. The table of contents is clear and readily links to the key topics and references in each chapter. The first chapter is the... read more
This text covers all of the elements typically covered in a course on professional nursing practice for RN to BSN students. The table of contents is clear and readily links to the key topics and references in each chapter. The first chapter is the most comprehensive and remaining chapters are more focused.
There is no evidence of bias in this text. Tables from other sources are clearly documented and illustrate key content that is best represented in its entirety instead of being paraphrased. Literature cited in this text includes classic as well as recent publications.
The material covered in this text is highly accessible and pertinent to the professional practice of nursing. It would be an excellent choice for faculty teaching a course on professionalism in nursing practice for nurses with an associate's degree seeking a baccalaureate degree. Many sections would be relevant for other courses as well. The Essentials and Competencies of Baccalaureate Education are outlined and provide a foundation for the student as they expand their nursing practice. Specific Essentials are then threaded through the text as relevant content is addressed, such as interprofessional practice. The material on accountability is thoughtful and thorough. Content on ethics appears to be appropriately threaded through the text. This text is a treasure for faculty seeking to introduce a wide range of concepts and content to nurses seeking a BSN. This includes aspects of critical thinking, reflection, research design, the NINR, EBP, leadership, nursing theory, and professional organizations.
The writing style is clear and logically organized.
The text appears to be consistent in the use of terminology.
The text is organized into chapters and sub-elements that can be adopted as required reading for various courses addressing professionalism.
The content is well organized. More complete footers would help readers know where they are on each page. Currently the footers are set up as if the text were in printed format. Students are unlikely to print this electronic document and thus, I would prefer to have the chapter identified in the footer of all pages.
The text has no technological glitches. Tables are well-designed, font size is adequate, and images are few and meaningful.
There appear to be no grammatical errors.
The content is inclusive in resources and images. I would like to see BIPOC intentionally placed in the text.
The next time I teach the professionalism in nursing practice course at my institution, I plan to make this the required textbook . Until now, I used journal articles and web-based content. This text compiles relevant and important content in one volume, which students would likely appreciate. I will also use sections of this text for other courses I teach since the material is compiled and presented in such a clear and accessible format.
This book presents a comprehensive overview of the topics related to transitions into professional nursing practice. Professional nursing practice, baccalaureate education, healthcare in the 21st century, accountability, autonomy, nursing... read more
This book presents a comprehensive overview of the topics related to transitions into professional nursing practice. Professional nursing practice, baccalaureate education, healthcare in the 21st century, accountability, autonomy, nursing philosophy, professional development, interprofessional communication and collaboration, critical thinking, evidence-based practice, leadership, nursing theory and professional organizations are the key topics included.
The content of the book is informed by published evidence in the discipline of nursing. Sources are cited and referenced. The content is current for the most part. There are some older sources used, albeit classic creative works. The content is accurate and without bias.
The content is relevant and focused to the transition into professional nursing. There are links to state laws for New York. For nurses and faculty in other states, they could easily find the nurse state laws for their state of licensure. Necessary updates in the future should be easy and straightforward due to the fabulous organization of the text.
This text is easy to read. It is organized and follows a logical sequence that is consistent throughout the text. The chapters include great tables to organize some of the information for easier absorption of terms and concepts.
The content and terms in this text are internally congruent. The content is consistent, and the layout is consistent throughout the book.
Each chapter includes headings to differentiate different sections. The sections within chapters mix well and are in logical order. White space is fused quite well.
This professional nursing transition text is well-organized and smoothly transitions from one topic to another. Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter and learning exercises/activities at the end of each major concept would be helpful for the learner to know and check their understanding and clarity.
This book is easy to navigate. There are links in the content table that provide quick access to chapters and chapter sections. When in a chapter, one can click on the title at the top to return to the content table or click the arrows at the bottom to previous or next. Tables, figures, and pictures are used effectively to organize information and stress key ideas. The text is available in PDF format and online format. The PDF file is quite large, so having the text online is a plus!
This text is free of grammatical errors.
The author acknowledges the role of culture in nursing practice. Cultural content is woven throughout the text. Examples of cultural relevance in the text are the changing U.S. population, communication, competencies for professional nursing practice, standards of practice, the code of ethics, and standards of professional performance. The text is culturally sensitive and embraced examples that include a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
Overall, this is an excellent OER textbook for the discipline of nursing. Thank you, Dr. Murphy, for your contribution with this creative work!
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1
- Professional Nursing Practice
- Baccalaureate Education
- Healthcare in the 21st Century
- Chapter 2
- Nursing Philosophy
- Professional Development
- Chapter 3
- Interprofessional Communication
- Interprofessional Collaboration
- Critical Thinking
- Evidence-Based Practice
- Chapter 4
- Leadership in Nursing
- Chapter 5
- Nursing Theory
- Chapter 6
- Professional Organizations
About the Book
Transitions to Professional Nursing Practice provides a pivotal learning experience for students transitioning from an associate degree education to a baccalaureate degree. Content includes a broad overview of the nursing profession, the role of accrediting and professional organizations with a strong focus on the American Nurses Association’s foundational documents. The competencies of the Standards of Professional Practice and the Code of Ethics are weaved throughout the text.
Topics covered in this text include professional nursing practice, baccalaureate education, healthcare in the 21st century, autonomy and accountability, nursing philosophy, professional development, communication, interprofessional collaboration, critical thinking, introduction to evidence-based practice, and nursing leadership and theory.
About the Contributors
Dr. Murphy is an Associate Professor at SUNY Delhi in the School of Nursing in their RN to BSN and Master’s program in Nursing Education. She has been a registered nurse for over 35 years, specializing in nursing education, community health, and psychiatric nursing. She earned her PhD from Binghamton University in Rural Nursing. Areas of expertise include conducting research on open education resources and virtual reality in online nursing education, with clinical experience in community health and psychiatric nursing.
Dr. Murphy is an Open SUNY fellow and a member of SUNY Delhi’s Chi Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.