Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, Enhanced Fifth Edition Receives 5 Stars

Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, Enhanced Fifth EditionBusy lactation consultants rely on the latest clinical techniques and research findings in Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, Enhanced Fifth Edition by Karen Wambach and Jan Riordan. In a recent 5-star review, Judy M. Comeaux, DNP, ARNP/PNP, CRNI, from the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health, writing for Doody’s Review Service raves that it,

“… presents up-to-date information…and is well written and organized, making it easy to read. The focus on evidence-based information and clinical practice supports current recommendations by the healthcare community.”

Thoroughly updated and revised with current research, references, and photos, Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, Enhanced Fifth Edition contains a clear clinical focus with more than 2,000 research studies supporting the clinical recommendations found in the text.

  • Topics include placing breastfeeding in its historical context, workplace-related issues, anatomical and biological imperatives of lactation, the prenatal and perinatal periods and concerns during the postpartum period, the mother’s health, and sociocultural issues
  • Contributions from the foremost experts in the field
  • Excellent resource to prepare for certification and practice as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Visit our website to learn more and preview a sample chapter.

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Finding Your Way in Continuous Quality Improvement

Quality ImprovementPlease welcome guest blogger, Anita Finkelman, author of Quality Improvement: A Guide for Integration in Nursing, for a new series on quality improvement.

A Beginning: Our Blog

Welcome to the blog Finding your Way in Continuous Quality Improvement! I am going to refer to “quality improvement” as CQI (continuous quality improvement). Upfront, let’s recognize that not only is healthcare a mixed up, changing area but so is CQI—and a new area. I like to use Alice in Wonderland as a background setting to set my mind around the topic of CQI. Why Alice? It actually is not an uncommon source used in leadership and management, but it has implications for CQI, too.

Alice in Wonderland provides a window into a world that is confusing, often viewed as nonsense; where language and terminology are not clear. There is lack of clarity as to who characters are and what they do. They change, and time is not always based on reality. One of the main characters, the Red Queen, makes it clear that you cannot expect to improve if you allow the status quo to continue. Alice, the main character, struggles in this world to find her way, as if in a maze, not knowing where to go or what her destination may be. Alice is full of questions as she tries to make Wonderland clearer to herself and engage others in Wonderland. She does discover that to be shown something improves her understanding. “What is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures and conversation.” Alice also comments on change, “How puzzling all these changes are! I’m never sure what I’m going to be, from one minute to another.”

So here we are at the beginning—working on making CQI clearer for us and for our students. We want to prepare our students for the real world, as confusing as it might be. We want them to be practicing nurses who engage in CQI.  I will attack various topics for us to consider as we facilitate effective learning and hopefully effective practice and quality care. A dialogue improves our understanding.

What, Another Medication Error?

Medication errors happen every day—and there is much variety in the types and circumstances. Why do we start here? Nurses administer medications. Learning how to do this safely is probably the most critical early learning activity for nursing students. As students get into the clinical area more and more issues come out about medication—increasing risk. What can we do about this?

Getting to Some Solutions

We are busy as faculty. Developing teaching-learning materials take time. As we well know, we sometimes tend to reinvent the wheel or feel we have to start from scratch. I am here to tell you we have a wealth of resources available to us—AND I am sure sharing with colleagues would also go a long way to expedite this prep work and lead to more effective learning.

To begin we must keep at the forefront, at all times, that health care has moved away from the Blame Environment. We know what this is—you make a medication error, and you are blamed with little consideration given to all of the many, many factors that might have led to that error in the system and with individuals. This blog posting is not directed at this major change in error response to a Culture of Safety, but it is important to remember it so that we know this is an overall perspective of errors that now impacts the learning experience.

There are many resources available to us from government resources and through other organizations. I want to begin by highlighting several and what how you might use them.

An Ongoing Update in Medication Administration

We begin with a great resource from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) (http://ismp.org/). This website is rich with resources for us. It not only provides resources but also an update on FDA alerts. For example, here is a list of the tools it features:

  • Special Error Alerts
  • High Alert Medications
  • Confused Drug Name List
  • Error-Prone Abbreviations List
  • Names with Tall Man Letters—to avoid errors with look-alike drugs

Check out the tools on the main website at http://ismp.org/.

An important option on this website: Sign-up for the free Nurse Advise-ERR. This electronic newsletter provides you with resources for effective facilitation of learning about medication administration.

What can you do with these resources? They can be used to provide examples and guidelines that you can incorporate in the cases you develop for students that might be used for individual assignments or team assignments. It is critical to incorporate this type of information in simulation as students engage in learning about medications and administration of medications. Even after they learn about the basics of incorporating them in complex simulation experiences we must remind students that learning about medications and administration of medications is an ongoing process. Students can also be directed to the ISMP website and asked to describe how they might use this information source. These resources are important to us as they reflect current concerns about medications based on evidence from practice and research.

Another resource is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Patient Safety Network (AHRQ, PSNet). Its Patient Safety Primers offer resources on patient safety, including medication administration, for example, https://psnet.ahrq.gov/primers/primer/23.

Also, when you open the home page at https://psnet.ahrq.gov/ you find a list of current references that are highlighted and abstracts are provided. The topics cover the areas of patient safety, and thus some often relate to medication administration and medications.

This ends our blog for now. What do you do to engage students in the critical need to provide safe and effective medications? How might you use some of these resources to update or change your teaching-learning strategies?

About the text:

Quality Improvement: A Guide for Integration in Nursing serves as a comprehensive resource for teaching practicing nurses and nursing students about the importance of improving patient care and reducing errors through quality improvement.  The text focuses on the practical aspects of quality improvement and the nurse’s role in the process, while acknowledging the importance of an inter-professional approach.  In addition, it focuses on the current state of healthcare quality in the US, critical trends in preventing errors, data, analysis, and planning and implementing change to reach improvement. The author connects quality improvement to technology and the role of the patient while emphasizing the importance of engagement and nursing leadership. Learn more at our website.

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The Proven Resource for Improving Students’ Writing Quality Just Got Better

Ferree2eYOUR STUDENTS NEED THIS BOOK

Write & Wrong: Writing Within Criminal Justice Student Workbook is a comprehensive workbook that guides students through the entire process of writing an academic-style paper, by teaching them how to conduct library research, how to take notes without plagiarizing, how to cite in proper APA style, and how to complete a final draft of a paper. The Student Workbook includes hands-on writing exercises and reference guides to further help improve the students’ writing skills. The Second Edition also helps students prepare for entering the job market, by discussing how to write a professional résumé and cover letter, how to prepare PowerPoint presentations, and how to write a variety of professional reports.

Professor Lynn S. Urban, PhD, from University of Central Missouri had this to say about the Student Workbook:

“Our faculty have recognized the less than stellar writing skills of our students for a long time, but because of Write & Wrong we were able to develop a solid plan for addressing it. The book is perfect for our orientation class for incoming freshman and transfer students —  because all of our students use the workbook when they first come to campus, faculty can concentrate on teaching topic-relevant material rather than APA citation style! We can hold students accountable for mechanics and academic sources, too, since the book addresses those important topics, as well! The supplementary teaching materials and exercises within the workbook are very helpful — multiple faculty can teach the course and we can be sure the same message is getting conveyed.”

The Second Edition received many valuable updates based on instructor’s feedback, including:

  • NEW chapter, Preparing Professional Reports and Presentations, offers students valuable insight and information on how to write professional reports and prepare PowerPoint presentations.
  • NEW material is included to help students prepare for the job market, including how to write a cover letter, how to write a professional email, and how to create a professional social media profile.
  • NEW – Guidance is offered to help the reader navigate through various updates made to criminal justice research databases implemented since the first edition
  • NEW – Includes access to the editable eBook version. Students can write their responses to the assignments in the forms provided and email their work directly to the instructor.
  • Teaches students how to navigate discipline-specific databases to find academic sources, and how to determine whether sources are academic and on-point.
  • Teaches students how to avoid committing plagiarism. Includes in-class exercises designed to help students recognize plagiarism and correctly paraphrase information and statistics.
  • Covers the fundamental elements of APA citing style and demonstrates how to correctly create a reference list and properly include citations in the text.
  • Includes in-class exercises designed to allow students to recognize and correct in-text APA errors and APA reference list errors.

Visit our site to Learn more about the Second Edition and to request a review copy for course adoption consideration.

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Teaching and Learning Geology Just Got Easier with Earth’s Evolving Systems, Second Edition

Martin2eThe recently published second edition of Earth’s Evolving Systems: The History of Planet Earth makes teaching and learning geology easier. It explores the complex processes and interactions that have shaped our planet. Employing a systems perspective, this introductory text covers topics such as the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere, and discusses how these systems, plate tectonics, and life have interacted with each other and evolved through geologic time. This approach to Earth’s history integrates the study of modern Earth systems with past ones piquing students’ interest in the process. No other text bridges the gap between traditional historical geology and the behavior of Earth systems, and does so with higher quality art and illustrations. Capturing the dynamism of our planet’s fascinating history, Earth’s Evolving Systems: The History of Planet Earth, Second Edition provides the bedrock to understanding this exciting science.

Hallmark Features:

  • Introduces the concepts and processes of Earth systems and their basic interactions at an introductory level in the first six chapters
  • Visually stunning design with over 300 NEW and REVISED images and illustrations that unlock complex topics and geological processes
  • A major theme is the method of multiple working hypotheses and debates, offering a broad perspective to the covered topics.
  • The origins of the planet and life and its evolution are presented within the context of the major eras, including Proterozoic, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Paleogene, and Neogene
  • Each chapter begins with a list of Major Concepts and Questions Addressed in This Chapter. The new interior text design uses icons to indicate where each of these Major Concepts are addressed within the chapter to help students study.
  • Each chapter ends with basic Review Questions and more challenging Food for Thought questions, which go beyond the basic information of the chapter and stimulate students to think about what they have learned in a broader context. These questions are great for individual or group assignments in or outside of the classroom.
  • Each new print copy comes FREE with Navigate 2 Advantage Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook with engaging animations, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools.

Visit our site to Learn more about the new Second Edition and to request a review copy for course adoption consideration.

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The Ideal Marine Biology Text is Here!

Morrissey11eThe best and most affordable marine biology text is here!  The Eleventh Edition of Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life inspires students to appreciate marine life and ocean ecosystems and elucidates the importance of learning about marine biology. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, this entertaining text covers the essentials to a foundational understanding of marine organisms and their environments. The conversational writing style, latest research, and engaging features are designed to intrigue students, while the new Case Studies encourage them to apply their knowledge to current and real-life situations. Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life is the clear choice for students diving into this exciting science.

See what’s new to the 11th Edition:

  • NEW chapter, Polar Seas, provides an introduction to the polar environment followed by coverage of various polar organisms, how they are affected by their environment, and the effects of climate change
  • NEW chapter, Physical and Chemical Oceanography, covers various basic oceanographic topics such as tides, waves, and circulation to help students better understand how these affect marine life
  • NEW Did You Know? boxes highlight a fascinating aspect of marine life, offering students information on contemporary events and discoveries
  • Research in Progress feature offers the latest statistics and modern examples of the current work and findings of marine biologists
  • NEW Case Studies in every chapter highlight various marine organisms and encourage knowledge application
  • More than 450 NEW and revised high-quality photos and carefully rendered illustrations help support visual learners, clarify key concepts, and enhance the student reading experience
  • Thoroughly updated with the latest information and research
  • Learning objectives, key terms, and a list of key genera have been added to each chapter

To meet the needs of instructors with a lab component to their marine bioDudleyLM11elogy course, we have the perfect marine biology lab manual.  Now in full color, Laboratory and Field Investigations in Marine Life is a unique marine biology laboratory and field manual that engages students in the excitement and challenges of understanding marine organisms and the environments in which they live. With activities designed to encourage students to develop their own powers of critical observation and analysis, students will benefit from a thorough examination of topics such as the physical and chemical properties of seawater, marine microbes, algae, and a wide variety of invertebrate and vertebrate animals. The new, more convenient spiral binding allows the manual to lay flat on lab tables while students work, and they can easily tear out pages to submit for a grade.

Visit our site to Learn more about the new Eleventh Edition and the Lab Manual and to request review copies for course adoption consideration.

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A New Edition of Research Methods for Criminology and Criminal Justice is Now Available

Dantzker4eAn updated Fourth Edition of Research Methods for Criminology and Criminal Justice is now available and is perfect for upper-level undergraduate or graduate Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology courses. This new text clearly explains the basics of social science research using a simple and easy-to-understand approach. The essentials to a foundational understanding of criminal justice research methods are all there, including scientific theory, research language, and research design. The Fourth Edition features updated case studies and numerous revisions to topics such as sampling, research design, quantitative and qualitative research studies, data collection, and data analysis. Conducting research should not be a daunting chore. Research Methods for Criminology and Criminal Justice makes the task of learning how to conduct research understandable, enjoyable, and applicable to the criminal justice topics students are most interested in.

New to the Fourth Edition:

  • The chapters covering research design have been reorganized for a more reader-friendly format
  • NEW Application Exercises within each chapter provide a real-world scenario and challenge students to apply the newly learned concepts and processes
  • NEW Research Exercises guide students through developing their own research while incorporating the use of real-world resources, such as research articles or government reports
  • Definitions within the text have been clarified and expanded
  • The addition of a Glossary helps students comprehend key terms and prepare for quizzes and exams

Visit our site to Learn more about the new Fourth Edition of Research Methods for Criminology and Criminal Justice and to request a review copy for course adoption consideration.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Wins Six AJN 2016 Book of the Year Awards

BOTY-seal-2016-GoldWe are so proud to share that we have garnered six prestigious 2016 AJN Book of the Year Awards. Representing the best in nursing publishing, the awards recognize the most valuable texts published between August 2015 and August 2016. Jones & Bartlett Learning recipients include:

Awarded first place: Pharmacology for Women’s Health, Second Edition by Mary C. Brucker and Tekoa L. King in the Maternal-Child Health category

Awarded second place: Clinical Nursing Calculations by Susan Sienkiewicz and Jennifer F. Palmunen in the Medical-Surgical Nursing category and Transition from Clinician to Educator: A Practical Approach by Maria C. Fressola and G. Elaine Patterson in the Nursing Education/Continuing Education/ Professional Development category

Awarded third place: Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence, Fourth Edition by Marsha Walker in the Maternal-Child Health category, Leadership for Evidence-Based Innovation in Nursing and Health Professions by Sandra Davidson, Daniel Weberg, Tim Porter-O’Grady, and Kathy Malloch in the Nursing Education/Continuing Education/ Professional Development category, and Advanced Nursing Research: From Theory to Practice, Second Edition by Ruth M. Tappen in the Nursing Research category

Read the full press release.

“Jones & Bartlett Learning is quite humbled by the outcome of the AJN 2016 Book of the Year Awards. We are so honored to have been provided distinction for six of our publications in the areas of Maternal-Child Health, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Nursing Education & Professional Development, and Nursing Research. To be grouped among the best in nursing publishing in these subject areas is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our authors and our publishing team. Receiving these prestigious awards not only confirms the value of our work, but also provides inspiration for future contributions to the field. Many thanks to the American Journal of Nursing for their continued support of publishing in nursing.” – Amanda Martin, Executive Editor, Jones & Bartlett Learning

Pharmacology for Women’s Health, Second EditionPharmacology for Women’s Health, Second Edition is a unique text that discusses pharmacology as it specifically relates to women’s health. Completely updated and revised to reflect the changing field of pharmacology, it includes new pharmacological agents for common conditions, changes in indications, the use of vaccines, updated guidelines from the CDC for treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and the effects of the Affordable Care Act.

Clinical Nursing CalculationsClinical Nursing Calculations is an essential text for teaching dosage calculation to undergraduate nursing students. Using the CASE approach, a step-by-step method for performing dosage calculations, it features all three methods for calculation side-by-side, making it tremendously helpful for students who struggle with math or need a refresher. It covers key topic areas, such as mathematics overview, principles of medication administration, basic dosage and intravenous calculations, and advanced calculations.

Transition from Clinician to EducatorAs the population continues to age and retire, the shortage of qualified nurse educators continues to grow. Simultaneously, student demand is also increasing. In order to address this current and future need, organizations are looking toward practicing clinicians to fill the gap. Transition from Clinician to Educator: A Practical Approach is a hands-on guide to prepare future educators who are entering the world of education.

Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician, Fourth EditionBreastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence, Fourth Edition is an essential and practical reference guide for clinicians. Using a research-based approach, it includes literature reviews while covering incidence, etiology, risk factors, prevention, prognosis and implications, interventions, expected outcomes, care plans, and clinical algorithms. The Fourth Edition provides a new discussion of the vitally important newborn gut microbiome.

Leadership for Evidence-Based Innovation in Nursing and Health Professions Written by healthcare leaders for current and future innovation leaders, Leadership for Evidence-Based Innovation in Nursing and Health Professions addresses the current and emerging issues facing healthcare leaders and practitioners who lead evidence-based innovation. A truly unique text, it systematically addresses innovation and evidence from the perspectives of both a leader and a practitioner within the context of health care.

Advanced Nursing Research, Second EditionAdvanced Nursing Research: From Theory to Practice, Second Edition is an ideal graduate-level text for teaching students how to prepare research proposals and carry out research studies using a practical approach. With a greater emphasis on the connection to evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and the use of aggregate data, the text features a reality-based approach to the actual conduct of research. It also reflects current practice and thinking about research while integrating qualitative and quantitative methods, including emerging mixed methods.

We would like to thank AJN for this outstanding honor!

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Announces Partnership with Junction Education to Expand Reach of Adaptive College Courseware

IMG_1264We are proud to announce a new partnership with Junction Education, an adaptive courseware provider focused on affordable, engaging, and effective college courses for high-enrollment introductory subject areas spanning Psychology, Sociology, Biology, U.S. History, and Economics. Students average 65+ minutes per study session in Junction courses with most students logging in for two to four sessions a week.

Read the press release now.

“Throughout 30+ years of servicing colleges and universities, for-profit institutions have always been at the forefront of identifying and adopting innovative classroom technology that generates superior learning outcomes,” said Gary June, VP Sales and Marketing, Jones & Bartlett Learning. “Junction’s modular design, robust course content, and sophisticated learning analytics wrapped into an easy to use package for faculty and students is exactly what for-profit institutions need to help them raise course completion and graduation rates, at attainable price points, in general education.”

“We’ve long admired Jones & Bartlett Learning’s market leadership in improving learning outcomes in areas such as public health, nursing, safety, and automotive,” stated Vineet Madan, Founder & CEO, Junction Education. “We’re proud to work with them to expand affordable access to high-quality instructional materials for general education courses to stem the tide of students ‘going without’ while delivering learning experiences that more than four out of five students prefer to alternatives.”

Junction’s features include:

  • Closed captioned rich media in every lesson – with supporting terms and definitions
  • Auto-graded assessments with over 30 different types of items available
  • Virtual office hours with synchronous video and audio
  • Turnkey integration with all major learning management systems, including Blackboard, Canvas, Brightspace, Schoology, and Moodle
  • Proprietary adaptive learning system that provides equal access to all content to facilitate social / group learning and faculty intervention while simultaneously offering personalized guidance to students through topics where they need additional support

Junction’s courses are available via Jones & Bartlett Learning’s for-profit sales force today.

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Today is World AIDS Day

world_aids_day_2016facebook-instagramDecember 1 marks World AIDS Day, a global initiative that acknowledges the progress made in AIDS treatment and prevention. This year the theme is “Leadership. Commitment. Impact.” It encourages “leaders to strengthen their commitment to using evidence-based HIV interventions, prevention tools, and testing efforts to help us stop HIV.”

According to the CDC, about 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the U.S. Globally, that number jumps to 36.7 million, with two-thirds of new HIV infections occurring in sub-Saharan Africa. Prevention efforts have made strides worldwide, including CDC programs that:

  • Scale up the use of antiretroviral treatment among people living with HIV
  • Strengthen local governments’ ability to provide effective, sustainable HIV services
  • Deliver the most effective prevention tools to those at high risk for HIV infection
  • Use data to reach high-risk groups, inform public health policies and strategies, and measure the impact

In the U.S. new diagnoses are declining in some populations. The CDC reports that from 2005 to 2014, the number of new cases “fell 19%…with large declines among heterosexuals and persons who inject drugs (PWID). Gay and bisexual men continue to be the most affected population, accounting for two-thirds of new diagnoses.” Prevention, of course, is a huge focus. As such, the CDC works with partners to focus efforts on at-risk populations, with activities like:

  • Providing funding and technical assistance to health departments and community-based organizations
  • Conducting HIV surveillance and prevention research
  • Developing guidelines for HIV treatment, prevention, surveillance, and laboratory procedures
  • Evaluating prevention programs
  • Providing training and capacity building assistance in HIV prevention interventions and strategies
  • Focusing attention on HIV in the United States through Act Against AIDS communications campaigns, including Let’s Stop HIV Together, Doing It, Start Talking. Stop HIV, and HIV Treatment Works

Please join us in recognizing the importance of World AIDS Day and the work we all still need to do to eradicate HIV/AIDS worldwide.

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Techno-awesome

Leadership for Evidence-Based Innovation in Nursing and Health Professions Please welcome guest blogger, Daniel Weberg, co-author of Leadership for Evidence-Based Innovation in Nursing and Health Professions for an informative post on technology.

Emerging technologies are rapidly changing how nursing care is delivered by enhancing the tools for patient assessment, enabling care anywhere, delivering instant information for evidence-based care interventions, and the improving efficiency and quality of care delivery.  Remote monitoring, virtual wound care, and high definition video allow nurses to assess patients away from the bedside.  Care is being delivered anywhere through the use of social networks and virtual wound care tools.  Information is delivered instantly to care providers through mobile devices, data dashboards, and virtual learning systems.  Finally, patient care has become more efficient through the linkage of Real Time Location Systems connecting patient, equipment, and nurses together for coordinated efforts.  Technology is enabling care in ways that the profession may not be prepared to handle.

With the bombardment of technology into the healthcare workspace, nursing and healthcare leaders may not know how to select technologies, understand their return-on-investment (ROI), or accurately assess the impact on the nursing workforce.  Healthcare leaders need to “get under the hood” to understand the systemic and the complex impact involved with technology solutions.  Failing to do so risks the efficiency and effectiveness of care delivery, similar to using a band aid to support a fractured femur.

Healthcare leaders should understand that implementing technology upon broken workflows and processes only serves to break them faster.  Technology solutions should enable a complex and comprehensive shift to improve care delivery and further advance the organization towards The Triple Aim.

Weberg blog graphic Nov 16Nursing and technology together can decrease cost, improve patient experience, and improve population health.  Real time location technology, better data for decision making, and coordinated care can significantly reduce cost to the system.  Patient experience can be enhanced by keeping them informed through interactive patient care systems, routing concerns to roles that can immediately solve the issue instead of alerting nurses for non-nursing issues, and providing personalized care through better analytics and integrations.  Finally, population health can be enhanced as nurses interact with patient social networks beyond the four walls of care, utilize remote patient monitoring to visualize trends that require intervention, and better link care across the continuum.

As evidence-based innovation leaders, we must see the changes that technology brings as a catalyst for new ways of collaboration that focus on teamwork, better data for decision making, and building relationships across the traditional boundaries of location.  These new relationships will add diversity to the system and allow for amazing possibilities in delivering care for the future.

About the text:

Written by healthcare leaders for current and future innovation leaders, Leadership for Evidence-Based Innovation in Nursing and Health Professions addresses the current and emerging issues facing healthcare leaders and practitioners who lead evidence-based innovation. A truly unique text, it systematically addresses innovation and evidence from the perspectives of both a leader and a practitioner within the context of health care.

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