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This ground-breaking book is designed to enable nurses to understand the process of planned change. It presents overviews of three widely accepted change theories as well as a new systems-orientated planned change theory, and shows the implications of the theories for nursing practice.


Change is difficult. It helps. It hurts. It helps and hurts at the same time. Change is inevitable. We ignore change at our own peril. Steinbeck (1962) wrote that those who resist change experience sadness: They waste their energy; they feel bitter; they cannot enjoy success.

Change requires activism. Alice Walker said that if she were to remain politically inactive, she would feel like a person who eats a good meal but does nothing to prepare for it ...

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