New Edition of Synergy for Clinical Excellence Applies the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care

Synergy for Clinical Excellence, Second EditionAccording to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), “synergy results when the needs and characteristics of a patient, clinical unit, or system are matched with a nurse’s competencies.” Based on a decade of work by the AACN, the just published Synergy for Clinical Excellence: The AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care, Second Edition by Sonya R. Hardin and Roberta Kaplow encompasses the history and development of the nurse and patient characteristics inherent in the Synergy Model.

A unique text, it can be used as the theoretical framework for the curriculum for universities, the model of practice for hospitals seeking Magnet status, the main theory behind AACN certifications, the framework for dissertations and DNP projects, and part of the foundation for the Consensus Model for Advanced Practice Nursing.

  • Completely updated and revised
  • New chapters on integrating the Synergy Model in the perioperative and ambulatory settings, applying the Synergy Model in practice, and tying the Synergy Model to the APRN Consensus Model
  • Provides sample test questions, practical examples, and the latest information to help prepare exam candidates

Are you interested in learning more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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New review praises “well-written” Global Health Care: Issues and Policies, Third Edition

Global Healthcare: Issues and Policies, Third EditionFrom the Zika outbreak to battling HIV/AIDS, global health care affects everyone. As a result, it’s never been more important to educate nursing students on the issues and policies that will impact them throughout their careers. The recently published Global Health Care: Issues and Policies, Third Edition by Carol Holtz addresses international health and health care at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In a new 4-star review, Sharon K. Byrne, DrNP APN NP-C CNE, from The College of New Jersey writes for Doody’s Review Service that,

“This well-written book and website…provides users at all levels and in all healthcare professions valuable supplemental materials that promote learning. [It] includes contributions from many recognized individuals in the expanding field.”

Written by academic authors, scientists, and health practitioners, Global Health Care: Issues and Policies, Third Edition outlines health policy issues from various geographic regions while also explaining the impact that world events have on them.

  • Updated content reflecting trends and issues
  • New content on sex trafficking, social work, and social determinants of health
  • Contributed content by nationally recognized experts
  • Each new print copy includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools

Can’t wait to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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The New Edition of Primary Care of Women Is Finally Here

Primary Care of Women, Second EditionIncreasingly, women are seeking primary care from their women’s healthcare providers. The eagerly anticipated Primary Care of Women, Second Edition by Barbara K. Hackley and Jan M. Kriebs is an essential and easy-to use resource for healthcare providers who offer primary care to women.

Ideal for new and experienced clinicians, it focuses on the need to address women’s health holistically. Each chapter begins by discussing common symptoms and how to evaluate them before moving on to diagnosis and management of the most common conditions seen in women.

  • Topics include prevention, screening, management of common health problems, and the presentation and management of common health issues in pregnancy
  • New chapters on sleep disorders, dental health, and complementary and alternative medicine
  • Increased focus on topics such as mental health and violence

Would you like to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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Just Published Transition from Clinician to Educator Addresses Nursing Educator Shortage

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.

The recently published Transition from Clinician to Educator: A Practical Approach by Maria C. Fressola and G. Elaine Patterson is a hands-on guide to prepare future educators who are entering the world of education.

  • Written in an accessible style
  • Focuses on real issues that new educators will face as they move into the classroom
  • Topics drawn from the authors’ own experiences

Would you like to learn more about this essential resource to understanding the intricacies involved in being a successful educator? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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Flip or Flop?

Flipping the Nursing Classroom: Where Active Learning Meets TechnologyPlease welcome our guest blogger, Dr. Karen Hessler, PhD, FNP-C, author of Flipping the Nursing Classroom: Where Interactive Learning Meets Technology, for a post on the highs and lows of flipped classrooms.

Summer is such a great time to take a few minutes to reflect on our teaching practices in the classroom and clinical settings. Even if you find yourself busy with publications, presentations at conferences, and teaching coursework during the summer, taking a moment to think about how we teach is a worthy endeavor. As I watched the fireworks display on the 4th of July with my family this year, it made me think of a parallel to my flipped classroom experiences. Some of the fireworks were beautiful, brilliant, and awe-inspiring, while others seemed to be…..well, duds.

Some of us who have worked with the flipped classroom can most likely relate to these same outcomes using the pedagogy. At times when we flip the classroom we get a beautiful and energetic outcome that makes us “ooo” and “ahhh”. Other times you and your students might find yourselves thinking, “Well that was a dud!”

Experiential learning has been a key to the success of preparing nurses, both undergraduate and graduate alike, for the roles that they will soon be responsible for. Why then, should we as nurse educators not use experiential learning ourselves? Try, try, try again. It is often that 3rd or 4th time of flipping the content that you find the “Goldilocks” recipe to the best flipped classroom experience.

My advice to you as a fellow educator and flipped classroom pioneer? Step out and light that flipped classroom firework to see what the outcome is. If it is beautiful, rejoice! If it ends up being a dud, try it again with a few changes in the recipe. Most of all, have fun in your flipping experiences and know that even if it seems like a dud, your students have learned more than if you lectured to them for hours.

Happy summer and Happy Flipping!

– Karen

Serving as an easy-to-read and conversational “how-to” guide for instructors, Flipping the Nursing Classroom: Where Active Learning Meets Technology draws on the author’s extensive experience in addition to research that shows flipping the nursing classroom as an evidence-based teaching strategy. It opens by defining the flipped classroom and includes evidence that this technique improves student outcomes. Using both learning theory and cognitive load theory to demonstrate why the flipped classroom is an effective mode of learning, it also teaches nurse educators how to implement this technique and use it to evaluate student success.

What else makes this text special?

  • Case exemplars
  • Video lectures narrated by the author
  • Tips for getting started
  • Detailed experiences of flipping the classroom

Dr. Hessler was the host of a popular webinar last year. Back by popular demand, she will return with a new webinar soon. Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, watch the original webinar now:

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Schuiling and Likis’s Women’s Gynecologic Health, Third Edition Publishes

ApproachWomen’s Gynecologic Health, Third Editioning women’s gynecologic health from a woman-centered and holistic viewpoint is crucial for providing thoughtful and effective care. Our just published Women’s Gynecologic Health, Third Edition by Kerri Durnell Schuiling and Frances E. Likis is a trusted, comprehensive, and evidence-based text that does just that.

Encompassing both health promotion and management of gynecologic conditions, it provides clinicians and students with a strong foundation in gynecologic care and the knowledge necessary to apply it in clinical practice. With an emphasis on the importance of respecting the normalcy of female physiology, the Third Edition is an essential reference for all women’s healthcare providers.

  • New content on obstetrics with four new chapters on prenatal and postpartum care, including anatomy and physiologic adaptations of normal pregnancy, diagnosis of pregnancy and overview of prenatal care, common complications of pregnancy, and postpartum care
  • Features expanded content on often underrepresented populations and topics, such as caring for LGBTQ individuals, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault
  • Each new print copy includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools

Can’t wait to learn more? Read the first chapter now or visit our website.

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World Breastfeeding Week Celebrates Sustainable Development

World Breastfeeding Week 2016Today begins the start of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). Held annually since 1992 and recognized in more than 170 countries, World Breastfeeding Week highlights the global impact that breastfeeding has as “a key element in getting us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other, and care for the world we share.” The theme is “Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development.”

This year, World Breastfeeding Week acknowledges the links between breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global initiative organized by the United Nations (UN) to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.”

According to Dr. Amal Omer-Salim, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) Co-Executive Director,

“Celebrations should mark on-going efforts to learn from achievements and overcome challenges. The annual WBW celebration should be more than a week-long effort. By focusing on a broader context, longer time frame and practical yet ambitious goals, we can create sustainable and engaging campaigns. Let us campaign for a generation!”

Those goals seek:

  • To inform people about the new SDGs and how they relate to breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF)
  • To firmly anchor breastfeeding as a key component of sustainable development
  • To galvanize a variety of actions at all levels on breastfeeding and IYCF in the new era of the SDGs
  • To engage and collaborate with a wider range of actors around promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding

For decades, Jones & Bartlett Learning has been committed to providing high-quality breastfeeding resources for clinicians, students, and instructors. We are so proud to support World Breastfeeding Week this and every year!

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Announcing Care of the Well Newborn

Care of the Well NewbornOut of the nearly 4 million babies born each year, the majority are well newborns. Yet, most texts do not concentrate on them. The just published Care of the Well Newborn by B.J. Snell and Sandra L. Gardner is a unique text that focuses on care of the term newborn for the first month of life.

Written by distinguished experts in the field, it teaches students and professionals how and what to assess in the care of the nonverbal newborn, while also providing criteria for recognizing deviations from normal and strategies for managing complications that arise. The first text of its kind, Care of the Well Newborn provides easily accessible information on evidence-based neonatal care that follows current guidelines, standards, and recommendations.

In addition, we are honored that Helen Varney Burst, CNM, MSN, DHL (Hon.), FACNM, Professor Emeritus, Yale University School of Nursing, wrote the Foreword. Read an excerpt:

“The editors, and their expert chapter authors, have written a text that incorporates both their experience and the current best evidence underlying the care advocated. In addition, they have made effective use of their experience in teaching and educational principles through their provision of learning activities, such as case studies, multiple choice questions, boxes and tables that organize and summarize content, illustrative figures, and references. Through all of these efforts, they have produced an enormously useful text for students and practitioners alike in the care of the well newborn.”

Would you like to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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Research Shows That Quality Improvement Is Central to Health Care

Quality Improvement: A Guide for Integration in NursingDeveloping and maintaining a culture of quality is essential to effective health care. In fact, it can quite literally mean the difference between life and death. Back in May, Johns Hopkins Medicine released a study in the British Medical Journal suggesting that medical errors actually account for 10% of deaths in the U.S., making it the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. Yet, errors are currently not being reported this way. In fact, NPR writes that according to the study, “no one knows the exact toll taken by medical errors.” Why is this?

The Johns Hopkins study argues that the way in which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collect “national health statistics fails to classify medical errors separately on the death certificate.” As a result, the study argues, the data “doesn’t capture things like communication breakdowns, diagnostic errors, and poor judgment that cost lives.” According to Martin Makary, M.D., M.P.H., professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an authority on health reform,

“Incidence rates for deaths directly attributable to medical care gone awry haven’t been recognized in any standardized method for collecting national statistics. The medical coding system was designed to maximize billing for physician services, not to collect national health statistics, as it is currently being used.”

In keeping with this, the study argues that clearer and more accurate reporting on medical errors is a matter of public health, one that could result in better funding and public awareness. Dr. Tejal Gandhi, president of the National Patient Safety Foundation, tells NPR that, “if you ask the public about patient safety most people don’t really know about it. If you ask them the top causes of death, most people wouldn’t say ‘preventable harm.'”

What can be done to improve these stark findings? Many leading experts believe that nurses can play a significant role in quality improvement. As such, this year’s National Nurses Week theme was “Culture of Safety. It Starts with You.” Additionally, in the May issue of the American Journal of Nursing, Maureen Shawn Kennedy,  MA, RN, FAAN, argues that,

“Nurses have always been the sentinels, the around-the-clock watchers, detecting the changes that might herald a patient’s deterioration. Nurses are the ones that the system looks to—and often blames—when there’s a failure to rescue. Such constant vigilance requires that nurses be present in adequate numbers and with full attention.”

The upcoming Quality Improvement: A Guide for Integration in Nursing by Anita Finkelman continues this quest to improve patient care and reduce errors through quality improvement. A comprehensive resource, it 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. It also examines the current state of healthcare quality in the U.S., critical trends, data, and how to plan and implement change to reach improvement. What’s more, the author connects quality improvement to technology and the role of the patient while emphasizing the importance of engagement and nursing leadership. To learn more about this text, visit our website.

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New Review Deems Susan B. Bastable’s Essentials of Patient Education, Second Edition “an excellent teaching resource for nurses at all levels”

Essentials of Patient Education, Second EditionNurses are increasingly taking on a larger role in patient teaching, health education, and health promotion. Susan B. Bastable’s recently published Essentials of Patient Education, Second Edition focuses on the basic principles of teaching and learning by emphasizing the professional nurse’s role in educating patients and families effectively and efficiently in various healthcare settings. In a new 4-star review, Patricia Sciscione , BSN, MSN, PhD, RN, from Monmouth University School of Nursing and Health Studies, writing for Doody’s Review Service calls it,

“…an excellent teaching resource for nurses at all levels of practice in all types of healthcare settings. [It] provides all the essential information to confidently and competently develop this education.”

Essentials of Patient Education, Second Edition explores new topics of motor learning, gender differences in the brain, the ethics of patient education, and the nurse’s legal role as mandated by state practice. It also features completely revised chapter content and updated references, providing evidence from research and theoretical foundations to substantiate content throughout the text.

What else makes the Second Edition special?

  • Covers health literacy, compliance, motivation, gender, culture, and socioeconomic issues
  • Case studies offer the opportunity to apply teaching and learning principles
  • Each new print copy includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools

Want to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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