Nurses are constantly involved with projects; staff nurses develop plans of care, nurse managers determine projected staffing patterns, staff development instructors create courses, informatics nurses implement software applications. The project management process can be utilized to facilitate these and many other nursing projects.
Project Management for Healthcare Informatics will provide an explanation of the project management process tailored for nurses through its use of real clinical examples. In the first chapters, the project management process will be described in detail along with its relationship to the phases of the project life cycle. The tools available to successfully complete each phase of the project management process and move along the project life cycle will be included. The rest of the book will be devoted to discussion on how to apply these principles in the day-to-day work of the nurse-whether manager, staff nurse, educator, researcher, or informatician. Case studies and project examples will comprise the majority of material in these chapters.
Many books on project management exist, ranging from college text books to handbooks for the practicing project manager. No books, however, are specifically focused on project management for nurses. Project Management for Healthcare Informatics will fill this gap. This book will serve as a text for nurses who want to become knowledgeable in project management and/or as a reference to those nurses actually managing real world healthcare projects.
Reviewer:Kerry S. Risco, MSN, CRNP, NP-C, WCC(Slippery Rock University )
Description:This is a basic "how to" book written in a straightforward manner on the project management process from initiation to close. Its extensive use of tables and charts makes it very user friendly.
Purpose:It is intended to serve as a text for healthcare professionals when they want to become knowledgeable in project management and/or as a reference if they are currently managing projects. It is a useful, detailed, step-by-step approach to project management. The examples amplify the written text.
Audience:It is directed toward multiple levels of healthcare providers, researchers and administrators. The step-by-step nature of this book makes it useful for anyone from the planning phase of a project to its evaluation. The authors are both experienced in project management.
Features:The book covers the entire project management process from initiation to close. It is enhanced by providing two chapters that apply the process. One chapter is an exemplar of the project management process in healthcare informatics. Another chapter describes application of the project management process in healthcare management. The best assets of this book are its straightforward, succinct delivery and the good use of tables and charts.
Assessment:This is a useful guide to project management. Two other books in this area, Evaluation Methods in Medical Informatics, by Friedman and Wyatt (Springer, 1997), and Nursing Informatics: Where Caring and Technology Meet, 3rd edition, by Ball et al. (Springer, 2000), do notcover project management in depth like this one does.