The Neuman Systems Model (3rd edition) Betty Neuman Norwalk, CT: Appleton & Lange 732 pp. (softcover)
Continuing education focuses on the application to clinical practice. Although that is a purpose of the book, The Neuman Systems Model is too theoretical for a 2- to 4-day workshop or continuing education program. The book is written in more of an academic format. Most practicing nurses would not read it unless assigned to read it for coursework. The size of the book would be the initial deterrent for its use by most registered nurses in clinical practice. This is especially true with so many associate degree registered nurses. Some graduate students in nursing find it difficult to follow and understand.
The Neuman Systems Model would be a good reference book for a presenter of continuing education who was speaking on systems theory. It presents good examples of systems approach application. The tables and charts are excellent and would probably be of the most value.
Curriculum for nursing education programs would not be utilized except for specific groups, such as directors of nursing or those doing hiring/supervision and then not very extensively.
For continuing education, Tlie Neuman Systems Model would be more of a library reference, though not a well-utilized one. The area of curriculum would not be eminently necessary foi providers of continuing nursing education. It would not be readily purchased.