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November 13, 2006


Two University of Maine at Fort Kent faculty members have published chapters in a new, two-volume nursing textbook, Fundamentals of Nursing.

Dr. Rachel E. Albert, UMFK's vice president of Academic Affairs, and Lisa A. Theriault, assistant professor of nursing authored chapters in a new textbook on Communicating & the Therapeutic Relationship and Nutrition, respectively.

Albert's chapter on Communicating & the Therapeutic Relationship covers a wide range of topics that include: verbal and non-verbal communication, factors that include the communication process, and techniques that enhance or hinder communication.

"I was very pleased to have written and contributed a chapter in a well-known fundamental nursing textbook," said Dr. Albert. "Fundamental nursing skills are essential to building a strong foundation to becoming an excellent nurse. The framework of the textbook is designed such that students develop knowledge of concepts, but they also are challenged to think critically as they carry out an action. So, students not only learn the theoretical knowledge, they also learn the practical knowledge," Dr. Albert added.

Professor Theriault's Nutrition chapter covers topics ranging from carbohydrates, proteins and fats, to assessing the nutritional balance, history and needs for a wide range of patients.

The chapters were written by Dr. Albert and Professor Theriault two years ago, and took each author several months to write. The hard-bound volumes were published this year by F.A. Davis. The volumes contain 2,279 pages and sell for $89.95 retail.