Completely updated in a new edition, this book uses a practical, holistic approach to the health care of individuals and families, and offers specific guidelines for nursing assessment, with suggested interventions and health promotion strategies at each developmental stage from birth to death. Unique in its comprehensive, consistent, and integrated format, it covers each life stageindividually--in equal depth and breadth. For anyone in health care professions, health education, counseling.
Ruth Beckmann Murray, EdD, MSN, N-NAP, FAAN
Dr. Murray received her basic nursing education from Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated with a baccalaureate degree from Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri. She graduated from Washington University School of Nursing in St. Louis with a major in psychiatric/mental health nursing, and in 1983 earned a doctorate degree in education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. During her professional career she was a school nurse at Lindenwood College, staff nurse on medical-surgical and psychiatric hospital units, and supervisor of obstetrics-gynecology. For 42 of her 48 years as an active professional, nursing education was her primary role. She retired as professor emerita from Saint Louis University School of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri.
As an educator, she was active in the community in the role of mental health counselor and educator and as consultant to agency staff and schools of nursing locally and nationally. She conducted evaluation research and was a member of agency committees and boards of directors. In addition to being senior author of the first text on health promotion and development through the life span, she was senior author of several other books, authored many articles, and contributed chapters to a number of books. She received numerous awards for her contributions as educator, consultant, author, and for community service. She is a fellow in the
American Academy of Nursing, member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Lambda Chapter, the American and Missouri Nurses Association, other nursing organizations, and Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice-Nursing. As professor emerita, she has not really retired, but is “retreading.” She is active on committees, as a board member of several community agencies, and with her church. She continues to do telephone crisis counseling, a professional activity for more than three decades. Free time is spent with people, her garden, botanical photography, and continuing to learn.
Judith Proctor Zentner, MA, BS, FNP-BC
Judith Zentner received her basic nursing education from Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis, Missouri. She received a bachelor of science degree with majors in English and history from Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana. She received a master of arts degree with a concentration in English/education from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Her nurse practitioner education was obtained from the University of North Carolina branch program in Asheville. The last 25 years have been devoted to starting and directing a health program in industry with a primary care focus for employees and their families. Also, the last 25 years have been devoted to funding clinics and shelter for the homeless in Kenya, East Africa. During the 44 years as a nurse and the 28 years as a nurse practitioner, Judith has used her background skills in English to teach both English and nursing in a college setting. She has held various positions in the emergency room, medical-surgical units, visiting nurse association, private duty cases, hospital occupational
health, and in an HMO. In addition to being the co-author of the first text on health promotion and development through the life span, Judith has written six articles and has spoken to various college nursing students
and professional organizations. She is a member of several professional organizations and was honored with being selected for Who’s Who in American Nursing. Going forward, Judith plans to continue with the Africa projects, substitute for nurse practitioners when needed, as well as have more time to spend with the children and grandchildren who live in other states.
Richard Yakimo, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, N-NAP
Dr. Yakimo received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral nursing degrees from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric-mental health nursing and is especially interested in the mental health of older adults, trauma clients, and the psychosocial care of the physically ill. Dr. Yakimo is currently an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing, where he teaches psychiatric nursing and epidemiology and also serves as a consultant in evidence-based practice and research to a local hospital. His research interests focus on the quality of care and the analysis of outcomes within nursing practice. Dr. Yakimo is a member of the American Nurses Association, the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau, International, Honor Society of Nursing. He was recently elected as a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies