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UT Tyler Nursing Professor Creates Unique Professional Educational Textbooks

April 5 , 2007

Dr. John Cutcliffe, David G. Braithwaite professor of nursing at The University of Texas at Tyler, has two recently published books, Key Debates in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and Critiquing Nursing Research Second Edition, which focus on health education issues.

Published last summer by Churchill Livingston Elsevier, Key Debates in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, features comprehensive discussion and debate of mental health related topics, including violence and aggression – descalation or control/restraint, generic versus specialist psychiatric nurse preparation and having a humanistic or biological focus to psychiatric nursing education and practice.

“The idea for the book came to me about five years ago. What we have done is identify 10 key issues, and then ask one perspective of the issue to be argued by some contributors and then another perspective is argued by different contributors. We then have a third set offer a commentary on both sides, which makes for some in-depth, passionate and occasionally polemic debating. It draws together over 40 separate contributors from 11 different countries,” said Cutcliffe, who hails from England.

Cutcliffe worked with Martin F. Ward of the University of Malta as co-editor.

“The reviews of the book have been very favorable. It’s already been adopted as a required text in Canada. It’s the hope of Martin and I that there will be a second volume with same format but a new set of different issues,” Cutcliffe said.

Cutcliffe said the book is ideally used for anyone involved in mental health care, and it will probably be used as a required textbook at UT Tyler in the next academic year.
Critiquing Nursing Research Second Edition, co-authored by Cutcliffe and Ward, is an update on their original book.

The second edition, which was published by Quay Publishing House January 2007, adds three new chapters.

Cutcliffe’s sixth book begins with an exploration of why nurses need to be familiar with research.

“It links research to the contemporary ‘evidence-based practice’ movement in health care,” Cutcliffe said. “It begins with an exploration of why nurses need to be familiar with research. It provides eight different approaches to critiquing. It also speaks how to include critiquing in student dissertations.”

Cutcliffe said the book has been adopted by UT Tyler as a required text, along with universities in Canada and the United Kingdom.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT Tyler System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of nearly 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

 



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