OverviewDr. Norma L. Chaska, Ph.D., RN, FAAN is a leader in nursing education and nursing administration. She is widely sought as a consultant for academic administration in universities and for nursing education programs. Prior to her graduate education, Dr. Chaska held numerous clinical and administrative positions in every specialized area of nursing for a total of 15 years of experience in nursing practice. She has had 22 years of experience in nursing education and academic administration. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Chaska has drawn extensively from her clinical background and experience in services and research settings. A major concern in all of her work is the evolution of nursing as a profession. The purpose of this new volume is to provide an in-depth global scope and study of nursing as a profession. Specifically, its aim is to project patterns of thought and considerations about the current state of nursing into the future of the 21st Century. The content should cause the reader to reflect, consider, and dialogue regarding the various paths presented to articulate his or her goals for the profession to go forward.