STATISTICS FOR NURSING A Practical Approach THIRD EDITION
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When the first edition of Statistics for Nursing: A Practical Approach came out, I was very happy to hear from many nurses about how useful it was in making statistics accessible for anyone just beginning to work with these concepts. They also had some very helpful suggestions, much like my own students, who provided the motivation and feedback that helped create the first edition of the book. I also heard from quite a few of you in DNP programs that the book was helpful to get you started as well. Wonderful! I am thrilled to be a part of nurses going on into advanced practice!
In this third edition, I have again acted on the feedback from students, and I have included even more practice questions at the end of each chapter, giving you more opportunities to practice, practice, practice. A whole new test bank provides instructors the opportunity to use the older questions as practice quizzes, which also provides students with additional feedback and practice. I have also provided new research article reviews with practice questions within the analysis chapters of the text. Teaching from the text myself has given me the opportunity to identify areas where students needed additional support, so I have added content like decision trees and tables showing the different tests and how to differentiate which one is appropriate. However, I have stayed true to the original premise of the text, which is that all of this is at an introductory level, without a lot of ancillary information to confuse you. STATISTICS FOR NURSING A Practical Approach THIRD EDITION
If you are teaching from this text at an undergraduate level, it is perfectly appropriate to skip the regression chapter; the rest of the content from the book will still work fine. You can also include it if it is appropriate for your students or course. As with the previous edition, the “From the Statistician” features examine some of the chapter concepts in greater detail. A new “From the Statistician” feature in Chapter 13 provides additional background about confidence intervals. These features are set apart from the rest of the text and are available for students who prefer a more mathematical approach or want to have a better understanding of “why.” Students who want to stick with the clinically applied information can skip these sections without experiencing problems in understanding the essential content.
The third edition of Statistics for Nursing also includes updated recorded lectures with closed captioning available and computer application updates. I have started using skeletal notes when I teach this class, and I provide these for my students to use in each chapter; these notes are included for all students as well. They provide an outline for note taking and helpful graphics to fill in, thus promoting student engagement with the content rather than just their passive printing of PowerPoint slides.
I would love to hear from any of you who use the new content and supports in the third edition of this text. What are your thoughts? Did these new resources help you? Do you have any other ideas for useful learning tools? Send me a quick email and help me make this material even better.
I hope you find the third edition of Statistics for Nursing helpful and that you continue on your quest to becoming a nurse who understands statistics! You never know where it may take you someday. I certainly didn’t! STATISTICS FOR NURSING A Practical Approach THIRD EDITION
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