Friday, February 13, 2015

Opportunities in Nursing Career Book Review

The book Opportunities in Nursing Careers by Keville Frederickson is a very interesting book that has everything we need to explore a career in the unique field. Written by a leading authority, the comprehensive guide gives all the information we need to know for intelligent career decision making. I think that the most interesting part of the book was Chapter 1, which talks about the scope and history of nursing. It is said that in the United States today, there are over 2.5 million individuals who when addressed as nurse will respond. Possibly no other career is there so much confusion as to educational preparation, job qualifications, job titles, and job descriptions.

The information in the book is accurate. It gives information about overview of the field, employment outlook, career advancement, educational requirements,  and salary opportunities and where to get more information. Not only that, but it also gives information about technical registered nurse programs. Those programs are Associate Degree Program and the Baccalaureate Degree Program. The associate degree program is best suited for the student who is interested in a community-based program leading to eligibility to become a licensed as an RN. Associate degree programs are offered through public junior community colleges, private institution, senior colleges, or universities, or through technical institutes. Unlike any of the other programs in nursing, graduates of baccalaureate programs also are prepared to seek admission to master’s degree programs. The baccalaureate program is best suited to those individuals whose interests are in a senior college or a university-based education. It is offered through senior colleges and universities. The information is objective and informational, but the book is from 1989. For example, the salary back then for a graduate with an associate degree or a degree from a hospital nursing school who has passed the licensing examination would expect a beginning salary around $27,800, but today is it expected a beginning salary around $1.6 million, earning them $400,000 more than someone with just a high school diploma.

The information in the book is really helpful. Although it’s a book from 1989, I still think it was helpful. Got to learn about the registered nurse programs there is, what nurses do and the nursing ethics. The book is broken down into chapters, which in that case each chapter is about, the scope and history of nursing, educational preparation, getting started, the types and places of employment, and nursing organizations. But in all the chapters, it includes other type of information and that type of information is

Ch1: The Scope and History of Nursing. . . . . . .What is nursing? Historical development of nursing. Nursing and society. The health care team. Nursing workforce. Job satisfaction. Salaries. Attributes necessary for nursing.

Ch2: Educational Preparation. . . . . . . LPNS and LVNS. Registered nurse programs: the hospital school. Technical registered nurse programs: the associate degree. Professional registered nurse programs: the baccalaureate degree. Non-traditional approaches. Selecting a school. Financial assistance.

Ch3: Getting Started. . . . . . . The importance of self-assessment. Potential employment sources. Preparing a resume. The interview.

Ch4: Types and Places of Employment. . . . . . . Nursing service. Nursing administration. Nursing education. Nursing research. Military and volunteer nursing. Other nursing specialties. Nurse practitioners. Private practice. Graduate education.

Ch5: Nursing Organizations. . . . . . . American Nurses Association. National League for Nursing. International Council of Nurses. Sigma Theta Tau. Academy of Nursing.  

The way the book compares to other books in the same genre is usually other books about nursing dont have much information like this book. Other books might just talk about one specific thing but this book Opportunities in Nursing Careers by Keville Frederickson, does not.

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