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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Review calls Handbook of Home Health Care Administration, Sixth Edition a “tour de force”

Handbook of Home Health Care Administration, Sixth EditionIn an outstanding new review for Handbook of Home Health Care Administration, Sixth Edition by Marilyn D. Harris, Home Care Technology Report raves that it is, “…a textbook that should be on the shelf in every branch of every healthcare at home provider.”

In fact, the review goes one step further with its praise,

“Let’s modify that. It should never be on the shelf but should live on the administrator’s or branch manager’s desk. In the current edition, which is a comprehensive, 1,000-page tour de force, editor Marilyn D. Harris has assembled a team of over 80 authors to cover, in detail, everything a private duty or certified agency administrator needs to know to be compliant and successful.”

Handbook of Home Health Care Administration, Sixth Edition is a comprehensive text that reflects the current state of home health care administration. With contributions from leading experts in the field, it addresses key aspects of home health care, including finance, human resource development, legal and ethical issues, management information systems, marketing, quality management, research, and current technology for patient care.

The Sixth Edition includes seven new chapters:

  • Status of Home Health Care: 2015 and Beyond
  • The Roles of and Competency Requirements for Paraprofessionals
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Pediatric Home Care
  • Beyond Medicare-Certified Home Health Services: An Overview of Other Types of Home Care Services
  • Expanding Your Performance Improvement Program: Using Process and Other Measures to Improve Care
  • ADRs, CERTs, RACs, SMRCs, ZPICs, and Other External Audits

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

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Catherine Watson Genna’s Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants Returns with a New Edition

Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants, Third EditionAre you a healthcare professional looking for an essential resource to help you work with new mothers and infants? We just published Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants, Third Edition by Catherine Watson Genna.

Using a multidisciplinary approach, it incorporates the latest research on infant sucking and clinical strategies to assistant infants with breastfeeding. With an emphasis on skills, the Third Edition focuses on normal sucking function in addition to difficulties based in anatomical, cardiorespiratory, neurological, or prematurity issues.

  • Explores new clinical strategies for facilitating breastfeeding and more conditions
  • Reflects the latest guidelines
  • Numerous photos make techniques and recommended strategies easier to understand and replicate

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

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New Review Praises Flipping the Nursing Classroom

Flipping the Nursing Classroom: Where Active Learning Meets TechnologyThe flipped learning model is a hot topic in nursing education right now. Why is this? Research has shown that it can improve traditional teaching methods and promote active learning and participation in the classroom. That’s why Flipping the Nursing Classroom: Where Active Learning Meets Technology by Karen Hessler is not only timely but also essential. In a recent review, Susan G. Wiers, DNP, from Michigan State University College of Nursing, for Doody’s Review Service, writes that,

“This unique book is well written and provides a wealth of information to guide even novice nursing instructors interested in the innovative pedagogical model of the flipped classroom.”

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

Interested in learning more? Preview a sample chapter or visit our website.

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World Blood Donor Day Seeks to Connect and Save Lives

twitter-woman blood donationWith the recent tragic events in Orlando, people have been lining up to donate blood to help the victims of the attack. Today also marks World Blood Donor Day, a yearly campaign from the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness for the importance of donating blood that saves lives in communities all over the world. This year’s theme is “Blood connects us all.”

According to Dr. Ed Kelley, Director of the Department of Service Delivery and Safety at WHO,

“Voluntary blood donors come from all walks of life but they have one thing in common: they put others before themselves — people they don’t even know. Each time they donate blood, they commit an act of selfless heroism.”

Learn more about how blood donation connects us all:

Please join us in celebrating the importance of donating blood, especially in light of the vicious and senseless violence committed over the weekend in Orlando. To find out how you can donate blood, please visit the Red Cross website.

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Review: Pediatric Primary Care, Third Edition is “a wonderful resource for advanced practice nurses”

Pediatric Primary Care, Third EditionOutstanding news to share– Pediatric Primary Care: Practice Guidelines for Nurses, Third Edition by Beth Richardson just received a 4 star review. Writing for Doody’s Review Service, Jessica S. Bahorski, MSN, RN, PPCNP-BC, from Florida State University College of Medicine calls it,

“…a wonderful resource for advanced practice nurses or other healthcare providers working in this setting. The outline format provides quick and easy access to the information.”

Written for advanced practice primary care nursing students for use in clinical courses, the text is organized in outline format so that students can quickly find relevant information. The Third Edition covers well-child care from newborn through adolescence, including appropriate anticipatory guidance for each age group. It also includes common illnesses in each body system with differentials and treatment plans written by pediatric nurse practitioners with expertise in each specialty area.

  • Updated ICD-10 codes throughout
  • Instructor resources include case studies for common illnesses and conditions
  • New chapter on common genetic disorders seen in primary care

Can’t wait to learn more? Visit our website.

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New Edition: Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician

Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician, Fourth EditionIf you’re a busy clinician you know that integrating the latest research into everyday practice can be a challenge. The recently published Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence, Fourth Edition by Marsha Walker can help. Using a research-based and problem-solving approach, it includes literature reviews while covering incidence, etiology, risk factors, prevention, prognosis and implications, interventions, expected outcomes, care plans, and clinical algorithms.

Completely updated and revised, the Fourth Edition includes a new discussion of the vitally important newborn gut microbiome. In addition, it features new and more effective techniques for addressing breastfeeding barriers, new research, and the latest guidelines.

Interested in learning more? Preview a sample chapter or visit our website.

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Catherine M. Mullahy’s Indispensable The Case Manager’s Handbook Returns with a New Edition

The Case Manager’s Handbook, Sixth EditionWe are excited to announce the publication of The Case Manager’s Handbook, Sixth Edition by renowned author Catherine M. Mullahy. Presented in an accessible and conversational style, this practical resource helps case managers learn the fundamentals, study for the Certified Case Manager (CCM) exam, and advance their careers after the exam. Completely updated and enhanced with information on the latest developments affecting case management, it reflects the rapidly changing healthcare landscape, including the significant effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“For the past 10 years, as a Vice President with Mullahy & Associates, I have had the pleasure of working side by side with Catherine. As colleagues and friends, we have worked together in case management for over 40 years. Her vision for all that case management can be is contagious and shared with every word she speaks and writes. It is amazing to watch her transform a room of silent, often skeptical nurses, social workers, physicians, and therapists into a group of enthusiastic, networking professionals filled with hope, energy, and renewed passion for case management. I believe you, too, will be both informed and inspired as you read and refer to this sixth edition of The Case Manager’s Handbook.” – From the Foreword by Jeanne Boling, MSN, RN, CCM

The Sixth Edition includes new chapters on pediatric case management, workers’ compensation case management, key factors driving today’s healthcare system, the case manager’s role in the era of value-based health care, case management and healthcare provider strategies for managing the high-risk or high-cost patient, and transformative healthcare approaches for the millennial generation. In addition, each new print copy includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook, midterm and final exam, instructor’s manual, and learning analytics reporting tools.

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

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