Kathryn A. Booth, RN-BSN, RMA (AMT), RPT, CPhT, MS, is a full-time author, educator, and consultant for Total Care Programming, a multimedia software development company. Her background includes a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in education. Her 30 years of teaching, nursing, and health care work experience span five states. She has authored and developed multimedia software and healthcare textbooks and educational materials for McGraw-Hill Higher Education; Total Care Programming; Glencoe/McGraw-Hill; Mosby Lifeline; and Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins. Kathy Booth has presented at numerous state, corporate, and national conventions since 1994. Her current focus is to develop up-to-date, dynamic healthcare education materials to assist educators and promote the healthcare profession. To remain current, Kathy has most recently worked as a part-time LPN instructor and a practicing medical assistant, and she has just completed her RMA certification. Kathy is a member of the advisory board for Globe University and Everest College. She volunteers at a local free clinic and teaches part time online for Military to Medicine. Since the last edition of this text, Kathryn has also obtained RPT and CPhT certifications.
Thomas E. O’Brien, AS, CCT, CST, is a full-time faculty member teaching Cardiovascular Basic Studies at Central Florida Institute. (CCI) for the Certified Cardiographic Technician and Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician Registry Examinations. He is also a subject matter consultant and test writer working with Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) for the Certified Cardiographic Technician and Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician Registry Examinations. His background includes over 24 years in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Medical Corps. Tom O’Brien’s medical career as an Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IDMT) has taken him all over the United States and the world. Tom has several years experience working in the Emergency Services and Critical Care arena. He was awarded “Master Instructor” status by the U.S. Air Force in 1994 upon completion of his teaching practicum. He now has over 10 years of teaching experience; subjects include Emergency Medicine, Cardiovascular Nursing, Fundamentals of Nursing, Dysrhythmia, and 12-Lead ECG Interpretation. Tom is actively involved in book proposals, and he reviews for a number of publishers, including Glencoe/McGraw-Hill and Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins. His current position provides challenges with the day-to-day development of curriculum to meet the ever-changing needs of the medical community and to provide first-rate education to a diverse adult education population.