A critical, empathetic, and insightful guidebook geared toward enriching the work experience of both established and newly...

CARING MATTERS MOST

THE ETHICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF NURSING

A scholarly discourse proposes integrating increased humanism into the practice of nursing.    

Yale nursing professor Lazenby (Safe Passage, 2014, etc.) approaches his field with an eye on the intricate balance clinical caregivers must consistently strike when delivering both ethically sound and compassionate treatment. He believes that “technical skill is necessary but insufficient: to be a good nurse, you must be a good person.” His directive is based on a nontraditional technique centered on not just being an excellent professional, but also a considerate one and “on ways of working and living as a nurse, not on decision-making algorithms.” Throughout his manual, he asserts that this goal is never out of anyone’s reach and is achievable with the incorporation of five key factors in the moral character of the caregiver. He shares clinical patient stories illuminating how the habits of trustworthiness and reliability can be as integral and fundamental as personal imagination and the capacity to be “touched by the circumstances of our patients” in enriching the practical application of nursing. Elsewhere, Lazenby advocates seeing patients’ “aliveness”: recognizing that they require not only medical treatment, but also personal attention, respect, and dignity. There is also a unique type of beauty, he writes, in providing life-promoting care and advice (as well as holistic serenity at the time of death) to patients in distress and that nurses must make the honorable choice to view them as having “lives outside the context in which we see them.” Armed with a Ph.D. in philosophy, Lazenby infuses this expertise into his thought-provoking narrative, remarking on the importance of regard and mindfulness while at a patient’s bedside. He presents these crucial guideposts without dry textbook jargon, instead using engaging, relevant anecdotes from patients and nurses, offering his valuable tips with encouraging motivation. In a demanding industry confounded by the complications of encroaching automation and both patient vulnerability and ever increasing acuity, Lazenby—with boundless enthusiasm and positivity—seeks to inject the caregiving role with some much-needed kindness and sympathy while still attaining the professional medical standards and goals nurses strive for. His account affirms that the “good life” of nursing is indeed possible and can be enjoyed while molding “a better world for generations to come.”  

A critical, empathetic, and insightful guidebook geared toward enriching the work experience of both established and newly trained nurses.

Pub Date: Jan. 12, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-19-936454-1

Page Count: 176

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 16, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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