Winner of an AJN Book of the Year Award for 2009!
"This book serves as an ideal tool for assisting APNs in gaining an understanding of the process of outcomes assessment....[A] useful resource for APN students, researchers, educators, and administrators...."
--Gail L. Ingersoll, EdD, RN, FAAN Director, Center for Outcomes Measurement and Practice Innovation Loretta Ford Professor of Nursing University of Rochester Medical Center (From the Foreword)
Measuring patient outcomes is arguably the most important job of the advanced practice nurse (APN)-yet conducting outcome assessment and selecting the appropriate instruments for measuring outcome continue to be a challenge, even to the best in the field.
This newly revised edition provides APNs with up-to-date resources and examples of outcome measures, tools, and methods that can be used to expand the APN's understanding of outcome assessment. The chapters outline numerous examples of practice-based outcome assessments, with detailed descriptions of how an assessment is conducted, as well as guidelines for identifying the proper instruments for measuring outcome.
New to this edition:
Written for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and graduate level APNs, this newly updated edition serves as an invaluable resource for APNs, regardless of specialty area of practice or practice setting.
Reviewer:Janet S. Selway, DNSc (c) , CRNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description:This book is a valuable resource for researchers doing outcomes research for advanced practice nursing (APN) . It includes an exhaustive literature review of advanced practice nursing outcomes in a readable format with succinct discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the various research studies. Tables and diagrams especially enhance the discussion. The APN literature is presented in concise tables and provides a nice reference resource.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide an overview, sources, and examples of APN research and to provide up-to-date resources and examples of outcome measures, tools, and methods that can be used by APNs to establish APN role effectiveness. The objectives are worthy, timely, and desperately needed, especially because of the current scrutiny of APN practice by organized medicine and policy makers. The book meets the author's objectives.
Audience:It targets those interested in doing APN outcomes research. This is an essential resource for doctoral students and experienced nurse researchers. The author is a credible authority on the subject.
Features:Included in this book is a presentation of the APN outcomes literature in quick reference table format as well as a pragmatic discussion of specific types of outcomes and measurement methods. Chapters include examples of outcomes research methods and studies as they relate to various APN specialities, including nurse anesthesia, nurse midwifery, clinical nurse specialists, and a few APN specialty practices (cardiovascular and nutritionalsupport) . Summary tables of the APN outcomes literature and sources of outcomes measures provide an invaluable resource to the profession of nursing. Other helpful examples include frameworks for outcomes studies, study design and implementation including assessment tools. The chapter on economic outcomes is particularly valuable as it includes an organized and succinct discussion of economic theory as it relates to financial outcomes. Future editions of this book could include a chapter focused on APN outcomes in primary care settings.
Assessment:This is an essential resource for clincians, students and administrators who are doing APN outcomes research. This book is similar to Hamer and Collinson's Achieving Evidence-Based Practice: A Handbook for Practitioners (Bailliere Tindall, 1999) . but is unique because of its specific APN perspective.