April 10, 2014
Nancy MacRae, M.S., OTR/L, FAOTA, associate professor in the University of New England Department of Occupational Therapy, is co-editor of the second edition of an occupational therapy text, Occupational Therapy Essentials for Clinical Competence, recently published by Slack. The first edition, also co-edited by MacRae, was released in 2010.
The text, which is co-edited with Karen Sladyk Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA and Karen Jacobs Ed.D., OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA, links occupational therapy accreditation standards with current practice.
It is designed as a comprehensive overview of these standards as they relate to curriculum. Topics necessary for competent, entry level practice are covered, with evidence-based reviews included to help the student start a more extensive review.
The second edition is unique in format by using the new 2011 ACOTE Standards as a blueprint to outline a plan of action for current occupational therapy practice. Occupation, theory-driven, evidence-based, and client-centered practice are at the core of the text.
New chapters have been added on such topics as interprofessional education and practice, telehealth, sleep and rest, grants, and meaning of occupation and activity. Additionally, there are student and faculty activities, as well as multiple-choice questions and PowerPoint presentations available.
MacRae is also one of the 44 contributors to the book, which she says has been a collaborative endeavor with many of her UNE colleagues, who are contributors to the book. They are: Regi Robnett, Ph.D., OTR/L, department director and associate professor; Jan Froelich, M.S., OTR/L, associate professor; Kathryn Loukas, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, associate clinical professor; William Croninger, MA, OTR/L, associate professor; Jane O'Brien, Ph.D., OTR/L, associate professor; Betsy DeBrakeleer, COTA/L, ROH, clinical fieldwork coordinator; and Barbara Steva, occupational therapist, UNE Community Occupational Therapy Clinic.
Additionally, four former faculty members and three OT graduates from UNE's master of occupational therapy program were chapter authors.
• The authors of the textbook cover:
• Basic tenets of occupational therapy
• Occupational therapy theoretical perspectives
• Screening, evaluation, and referral
• Formulation and implementation of an intervention plan
• Context of service delivery
• Management of occupational therapy services
• Professional ethics, values, and responsibilities
• Culture and its role in occupational choice and performance
MacRae has been a member of UNE's occupational therapy faculty for 20 years. Her interests focus on occupation, the elderly, sexuality, death and loss, interdisciplinary/professional approaches to health care, women, management and supervision issues.
She serves on the editorial board of the WORK Journal and is the author of a number of publications, including a chapter on Aging and Sexuality in the second edition of Gerontology for the Health Care Professional.
MacRae has served UNE in leadership roles with the University Faculty Assembly, the Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee, and as director of the Occupational Therapy Department. In addition, she has served on multiple college committees where the focus has been on interdisciplinary learning and teaching.