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Linda Q. Thede's Informatics and Nursing: Competencies and Applications, ISBN 9780781795975 is in its 3rd Edition and boasts thorough updates which include the most cutting-edge technologies. Tackling a discipline such as informatics which can quickly become outdated can pose a challenge but Thedes has proven up to the task at hand. The compilation of...
Linda Q. Thede's Informatics and Nursing: Competencies and Applications, ISBN 9780781795975 is in its 3rd Edition and boasts thorough updates which include the most cutting-edge technologies. Tackling a discipline such as informatics which can quickly become outdated can pose a challenge but Thedes has proven up to the task at hand. The compilation of this book includes the best features and information from previous editions while adding new topics that have surfaced since past editions. All of this information is coupled with engaging and thought-provoking writing styles to keep the reader focused and flowing throughout the text. This book serves as an introduction for audiences just starting their journey of learning nursing informatics or can be paired with other curriculum in which informatics plays a key role. Thede has carefully reorganized existing information and added current facts and examples into Informatics and Nursing: Competencies and Applications throughout 26 chapters. These chapters are coherently divided amongst 6 units that address a myriad of topics relating to informatics. Unit I, entitled 'Information Basics' compiles chapters dealing with managing healthcare information, software, understanding computer concepts, as well as networking. Unit II, 'Computers and Your Professional Career' tackles topics such as professional networking, word processing, presentation software, spreadsheets, and databases. 'Information Competency' is the subject of choice in Unit III with chapters devoted to the internet, digital libraries, and the ever popular, mobile computing. Unit IV, entitled, 'The New Healthcare Paradigm' addresses the consumer and the electronic health record, empowered consumers, interoperability at the international and national levels, as well as nursing documentation. 'Healthcare Informatics' comprises unit V and focuses on informatics as a discipline, basic and specialized electronic healthcare information systems, as well as issues within those systems, and finally, carrying healthcare to the client. This resource is concluded with unit VI which is entitled 'Computer Uses in Healthcare Beyond Clinical Informatics. This unit devotes itself to the eLearning realm of educational informatics, administration tools for efficiency, informatics and research, and lastly, legal and ethical issues.
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