nursing input regarding standards and recommended practices. FRAN KOCH,RN DIRECTOR OF SURGICAL SERVICES S C m AND WHITE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TEMPLE,TEX
Also A vailableManagement for Nurses: A Multidisciplinary Approach. 3rd ed. Sandra Stone, et al, eds. C.V. Mosby Co, 11830 Westline Dr, St Louis, MO 63146, 1984, 303 pp, $16.95 paperback. This third edition compiles pertinent articles on management and its practical application. As an overall introduction to management, . with an emphasis on nursing, it has much to offer. The editors have collected some classic articles on computer technology, cost containment, zerobased budgeting, and collective bargaining. The book is intended as a textbook, and each unit is accompanied by a study guide-nine to fifteen suggestions-which give activities for the reader to apply in practical situations. Overall, whether used by a student or experienced nurse manager, this book is worth the time and money. MARLAPAITERSON,RN NAPLES,ITALY
affect the nurse? (3) How will this change affect the budget? The authors challenge nurse managers to be creative in their endeavor for sound management. PATRICIA BRANNAN, RN BRYN MAWR, PA
Contemporary Skzffing Techniques in Nursing, Lorraine P. Fraser. Appleton-Century-Crofts, 25 Van Zant St, East Norwalk, CT 16855, 1984, 162 pp, $14 paperback. This is probably one of the most complete and applicable books on staffing for nurse managers today. The reading is not easy; it is detailed and must be studied and evaluated to apply the information to individual organizations. Throughout the book are examples of staffing schedules, charts, and graphs. Some of the information covered includes the pros and cons of the six, eight, ten, and twelve-hour work day; “Measurement Systems,” such as patient classificationor acuity systems; competition;staff supply and competency; and costs of wages, overtime, on-call, and adjustingto meet cost limitations. This is not a large book, but it covers the subject of scheduling in a very big way. SHERRY KINCAID, RN, CNOR BLACKWELL, OKLA
Nurse Staffing and Patient Classification. Elizabeth Nancy Lewis and Patricia Vince Carini. Aspen Systems Corp, 1600 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850, 1984, 208 pp, $27.50 clothbound.
Nursing Quality Assurance: A Unit Based Approach Patricia Schroeder and Regina M. Maibusch, eds. Aspen Systems Corporation, 1600 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850, 1984, 350 pp, $27.50 clothbound.
The authors of this book present a staffing system for nurse managers, which can be incorporated for use in various health care institutions. Patient care plans and classification systems from various institutions are illustrated. The section on the changing role of nursing administration reflects the changing concept of nursing. Before implementinga system, the authors suggest asking three questions: (1) How will this change affect the patient? (2) How will this change
This book provides quality assurance (QA) ideas and strategies for nursing managers, educators, students, and researchers. It is written primarily for the nurse who coordinates the QA process and facilitates the work for the staff. What I especially like about the book is the use of quality assurance practices applied in an actual hospital setting. The author explains how to evaluate quality assurancecare. And the QA evaluationscompleted