There are so many people who have provided assistance in bringing this project to completion. To all the wonderful editors and technical people at F. A. Davis, know that you have our heartfelt gratitude for your guidance and direction in this work. To the graduate nursing faculty at Grambling State University who carried an extra load or offered words of encouragement to help us get through this work, thank you. To our families who watched over many late nights of writing, researching, and rewriting, thank you for understanding and patience. As a personal dedication to the person who always encouraged us professionally, constantly instilled in us the desire to achieve “excellence without exception,” and in whose footsteps we strive to follow, we dedicate this work to your honor and memory, Dr. Betty E. Smith, R.N. Dr. Smith served as Dean of the School of Nursing at Grambling State University for more than 20 years. Because of her vision, the graduate nursing program became a reality, and because of her inspiration the graduate nursing program continues to be a program that strives and attains excellence on a daily basis.
The following persons provided authorship and critical review of specific content for this work: Dr. Brenda Thomason, PNP, assistant professor of nursing at Grambling State University, provided her expertise in writing and review of the content related to pediatrics. Dr. Thomason has had extensive experience in her career as an advanced practice nurse in pediatric cardiology. Penny Cain, FNP, assistant professor of nursing at Grambling State University, provided substantial content for the geriatric material included in this work. Mrs. Cain has worked in the field of geriatrics for many years. For the past ten years, she has been employed as an advanced practice nurse in an internal medicine clinic, in addition to her teaching responsibilities.