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Books by Dr. Patricia Benner

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    Caregiving: Readings in Knowledge, Practice, Ethics, and Politics
    The need for caregiving is enormous. Thanks to extraordinary advances in medical technology, Americans are surviving illnesses and injuries that would have killed them a generation ago, and more of us are living into our eighties and nineties than ever before. Yet most people over sixty-five live with the burden of one or more chronic illness. The problems created by the caregiving needs of these and other groups are at the center of several of the most explosive political issues of our time: health care, welfare, child care, and family leave. The editors of this volume contend that these issues can be resolved only when we as a society understand and value the work of caregiving and provide support for professional and family caregivers.
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    Expertise in Nursing Practice, Second Edition: Caring, Clinical Judgment, and Ethics
    Nursing practice is a complex and varied field that requires precision, dedication, care, and expertise. Clinicians must have both the skills and the tools to attend to changes in patients' responses, recognize trends, and understand the nature of their patients' conditions over time.
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    Interpretive Phenomenology in Health Care Research: Studying Social Practice, Lifeworlds, and Embodiment
    Interpretative phenomenological analysis aims to offer insights into how a person within a given context makes sense of a phenomenon. Usually, these phenomena relate to experiences of some personal significance, such as a major life event (acute or chronic illness, death of a loved one, change in economic status, etc.) or the development of an important relationship. Interpretive phenomenology augments the decontextualized stories; those told without consideration of the wholeness of one's life told by rational-empirical research studies of human beings. It reveals knowledge embedded in caring, cultural, and social practices; engaged skilled actions, embodied know-how, and concrete ways people cope with everyday life events such as health, illness, injury, birth, suffering, and dying.
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    Interpretive Phenomenology: Embodiment, Caring, and Ethics in Health and Illness
    Patricia Benner's introduction to phenomenology develops the reader's understanding of the strategies and processes involved in this innovative approach to nursing. The author discusses the relationship between theory and practice, considers the possibility of a science of caring from a feminist perspective, introduces interpretive phenomenology to the study of natural groups such as families, and suggests a basis for developing nursing ethics that is true to the caring and healing practices of the nursing profession.
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    Nursing Pathways for Patient Safety
    With a wealth of helpful guidelines and assessment tools, Nursing Pathways for Patient Safety makes it easy to identify the causes of practice breakdowns and to reduce health care errors. It provides expert guidance from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), plus an overview of the TERCAP® assessment tool. The book systematically examines the causes of practice breakdowns resulting from practice styles, health care environments, teamwork, and structural systems to promote patient safety.
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    The Crisis of Care: Affirming and Restoring Caring Practices in the Helping Professions
    By combining stories of care, the reflections of caregiving practitioners, and interpretations of caregiving within a larger social and theoretical framework, this collection identifies the values and skills involved in quality caregiving at the individual level. This collection also affirms their importance for reshaping our public caregiving institutions. Contributors from the fields of medicine, nursing, teaching, ministry, sociology, psychotherapy, theology, and philosophy articulate their values, hopes, commitments, and practices both in theoretical essays and in narratives of caregiving that reveal the complexities of skillful practice.
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    The Primacy of Caring: Stress and Coping in Health and Illness
    First-person accounts from practicing nurses provide students with expert role models in this authoritative yet personal text that focuses on patients' responses to stress. The breadth and value of the nursing experience is reinforced as nurses share how their caring made a critical difference for patients and their families. This text, winner of two American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards in 1988, is an ideal supplement for courses in advanced medical/surgical nursing, community health nursing, and particularly for nursing trends and issues courses.
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    Clinical Wisdom and Interventions in Acute and Critical Care, Second Edition: A Thinking-in-Action Approach
    A classic research-based text in nursing practice and education. This newly-revised second edition explains (through first-hand accounts of the hard-earned experiential wisdom of expert nurses) the clinical reasoning skills necessary for top-tier nursing in acute and critical settings. It provides not only the most current knowledge and practice innovations, but also reflects the authors' vast experience using the first edition in practice and educational settings.
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    From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice
    This coherent presentation of clinical judgment, caring practices, and collaborative practice provides ideas and images that readers can draw upon in their interactions with others and in their interpretation of what nurses do. It includes many clear, colorful examples and describes the five stages of skill acquisition, the nature of clinical judgement and experiential learning and the seven major domains of nursing practice.
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