Nursing Research: Principles and Methods

Nursing Research: Principles and Methods

DECEMBER 1987. VOL. 46, N O 6 find it difficult to introduce the new methods in adult learning because of scheduling problems, tradition, lack of app...

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DECEMBER 1987. VOL. 46, N O 6

find it difficult to introduce the new methods in adult learning because of scheduling problems, tradition, lack of appropriate classrooms, and limited budgets, but this book will help the adventurous take the first steps. The book includes how-to information, good examples, chapter references, and sources for identifying simulations and games. It is very interesting and provides easy-to-follow instructions. SISTER KANE, RHSJ, R N , MED DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND QA CONSULTANT RHSJ HEALTHSYSTEM KINGSTON, ONTARIO, CANADA

Nursing Research: Principles and Methods, third ed. Denise F. Polit, Bernadette P. Hungler. J B Lippincott Co, E Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19105,1987,571 pp, $27.50 clothbound. This third edition text, like the two before it, presents the fundamentals of nursing research methods. The authors, both prepared at the doctoral level, are well versed and experienced in nursing research, and present the book as a guide for nursing students who are conducting their own research. The text includes six sections with 27 chapters. It logically progresses with discussions of the scientific research process; preliminary research steps, including identification of a nursing research problem, review of the literature, formation of conceptual frameworks, and the generation of hypotheses; nursing research design; methodology and data collection; data analysis; and communication in the research process. The information in each chapter is enhanced by tables, figures, a summary, and a list of study suggestions. Each chapter concludes with a sizable list of suggested readings, including methodological and substantive references. The book also contains a glossary and two appendixes-“Human subjects considerations” and statistical tables. The third edition of this text provides an increased discussion of qualitative research and an expansion of theories with emphasis on conceptual frameworks in nursing. In addition, information on new data-analysis techniques such


as meta-analysis, path analysis, and power analysis has been included. The last chapter, which addresses research proposal development,has been revised to provide step-by-step details on submitting grants to the Public Health Service. As a user of the second edition, I highly recommend this book. The improvements contained in the third edition have increased the value and usefulness to nursing students and researchers alike. STEPHEN R . MARRONE, RN, MS SENIOR CLINICALNURSE CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY

MOUNTSINAI MEDICAL CENTER NEWYORKCrru Contemporaly Strategies for Continuing Education in Nursing. Belinda E. Puetz. Aspen Publishers Inc, 1600 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850, 1987, 330 pp, $33.50 clothbound. Belinda Puetz, RN, PhD, is wellqualified to write on and gather other writings on every phase of continuing education in nursing. This book on contemporary strategies seeks to meet the needs of those who have already learned the basics of planning, implementing, and evaluating continuing education and staff development activities. After reviewing modes of continuing education sponsorship in the first chapter, Dr Puetz suggests the need for collaboration between sponsors. In chapter two, she states that annual needs assessments are basic to providing programs and allocating resources. Chapter three, “Planning effective programs,” is based primarily on Patrick G . Boyle’s adult education principles. The second section of the book discusses the adult learner, provides modalities for motivating adult learners, and describes various teaching methods that are effective with adults. Part three covers financial management, marketing, and computer technology in continuing education, and part four reviews evaluation and credentialing. The book concludes with a helpful five-page bibliography. Dr Puetz seeks to introduce contemporary strategiesto those involved in continuingeducation and staff development. She has, more accurately, 1169