Exploring the professional roles of health promoter, teacher-learner, leader-manager, research consumer, advocate, colleague, and collaborator, as identified by the ANA Standards of Professional Performance, Professional Nursing Practice: Concepts and Perspectives, 4th Ed. details the historical, theoretical, ethical, and legal foundations of professional nursing. Current and comprehensive, it provides a complete discussion of the changing health care system especially as it relates to health care economics, nursing in a culture of violence, and nursing in a culturally and spiritually diverse world. Additional features include: NewChapters on Returning to School after practicing in the field, Nursing Informatics, and the History of Nursing NewNurse Connect Logo that refers the reader to the Companion Website. Consider (critical thinking) questions applying content to real-world experiences. Book Shelf Reading suggestions for contemporary and classic literature. Research Boxes presents research from all around the world encourage awareness of evidence based practice and outcomes. Challenges and Opportunities section at the beginning of each chapter. New Online Course Management Systems Ask your Prentice Hall Representative or go to www.prenhall.com/demo for more information about the Black Board, Course Compass, and WebCT courses that accompany Professional Nursing Practice, 4th Ed.Blais, Kathy is the author of 'Professional Nursing Practice Concepts and Perspectives', published 2002 under ISBN 9780130282880 and ISBN 013028288X.