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review 2016-08-04 14:32
Appreciative Inquiry ★☆☆☆☆
Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change - Diana D. Whitney,David L. Cooperrider

In lieu of an actual review, I am offering an exerpt from the paper I wrote after being forced to read this book and attempt to apply the "principles of Appreciative Inquiry" to a real-world situation in a healthcare setting:

 

"I found Cooperrider and Whitney’s (2005) text to be so dense with jargon as to be nearly incomprehensible and so sparse with instructions to operationalize their theory that I am not confident in my ability to apply the full theory of Appreciative Inquiry to a real-world situation. My primary conclusion on completing the reading was that the book serves more as a marketing tool for the authors’ consulting services than it does as a primer on the theory."

 

My instructor scored my paper 4/5 points, making it the only assignment in this course that I did not make an A on. Clearly, my instructor has a much higher opinion of this steaming pile of poo than I do, but I could not bring myself to pretend to embrace it, even for the sake of sucking up for a good grade. If you're interested in a good organizational change theory, I recommend Kotter's Leading Change. I've personally used it with great success in several improvement projects, and it is written in a sensible, useful style for a grounded audience, rather than in the style of a carnival barker trying to sell the rubes on some snake oil. 

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review 2016-05-14 12:45
Financial Management for Nurse Managers ★★★☆☆
Financial Management For Nurse Managers: Merging the Heart with the Dollar (Dunham-Taylor, Financial Management for Nurse Managers) - Joseph Z Pinczuk,Janne Dunham-Taylor

Contains good basic information for novice nurse managers, but is narrowly focused on the short term acute care setting. Typical of nursing textbooks, it emphasizes the sentimentality somewhat more than the practical. However, it was a useful reference for all the papers I had to write for class.

 

The best thing about finishing this book is what it represents: I've finished the semester! One more class to go before graduation, and the capstone is going to be a real challenge. 

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text 2016-01-30 15:24
Financial Management for Nurse Managers - update: 95/726
Financial Management For Nurse Managers: Merging the Heart with the Dollar (Dunham-Taylor, Financial Management for Nurse Managers) - Joseph Z Pinczuk,Janne Dunham-Taylor

All of chapter two was a strange, rambling attempt to equate leadership to quantum science. Only a nursing textbook would using "loving" as a synonym for managing staff while using quantum theory to describe leadership strategy. In a book that's supposed to be about hospital finance. 0_o

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review 2015-07-28 21:46
Everyone Can Write: A guide to get you started - Howard Gelman

A short book with guidelines for writing non-fiction, including essays, reports and emails. The back of the book includes a list of common cliche's to avoid, and common grammar mistakes. 

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text 2014-03-31 01:58
Reading progress update: I've read 85%.
Accounting Essentials For Managers 4th E... Accounting Essentials For Managers 4th Edition - Pamela Smith Baker

This class can't be over soon enough. I hate hate hate accounting. 

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