Mary G. McKinley, ed. St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier; 2007. Softcover, 272 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4160-0156-0

Produced by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Acute and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialists: Synergy for Best Practice is a concise and contemporary work about the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) role in acute and critical care. The chapters are written by expert CNSs from multiple practice settings in different geographic locations making it an excellent resource for practicing CNSs, students preparing for the role, educators, and nurse administrators.

Editor Mary McKinley effectively incorporated 2 major professional influences on CNS practice—the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) Spheres of Influence framework of CNS practice. Readers will be delighted with the content and the unique way the Synergy Model and Spheres of Influence articulate. The book is well organized, divided into 3 clearly demarcated sections that...

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