Fundamentals of Nursing, 3rd Edition
Caring and Clinical Judgment
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Master the nursing concepts and skills you'll be tested on in class...and that you'll depend on in practiceTable of Contents
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This comprehensive fundamentals text focuses on the needs and learning styles today’s nursing students. Organized by functional health patterns, this text features streamlined procedures that focus on the most essential information needed to provide safe and effective care. Clinical chapters begin with a case study and overview of key nursing diagnoses, then present assessment, planning, interventions, and evaluation within the context of that case study and those key diagnoses. A new Companion CD provides a variety of student activities and review questions that reinforce important concepts.
- Key nursing diagnoses are introduced at the beginning of each clinical chapter and serve as the focus for assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
- Nursing Process Framework for all clinical chapters provides a consistent, logical organization for nursing care.
- Case studies introduce a patient in each clinical chapter and revisit that patient's case throughout the chapter, using it as an example in the nursing care plan.
- Streamlined procedures help you focus on the most essential information for providing safe care - including key steps with rationales, Time to Allow estimates, delegation considerations, equipment needed, safety issues, and home care and age-related considerations as appropriate.
- Cross-Cultural Care boxes, based on the client in the case study, include important cultural background information to help you provide culturally sensitive care.
- Nursing Care Plans boxes, tied to the chapter case study, include NANDA diagnoses, NOC Expected Outcomes with indicators, NIC Interventions with selected activities and critical thinking questions.
- Comprehensive coverage includes topics not usually covered in other fundamentals texts, such as Vulnerability, The Caregiver Role, The Client with Functional Limitations, and Anxiety.
- A Patient's Perspective boxes give you a glimpse into the client's perception of the experience of illness.
- Considering the Alternatives boxes provide an overview of alternative and complementary therapies that you might explore with your clients, including advantages and potential risks for each.
- Action Alerts highlight situations that require immediate nursing action.
- Clustering Data to Make a Nursing Diagnosis tables present brief patient scenarios and illustrate how to develop appropriate nursing diagnoses.
- Decision Trees show you how to work through decisions when differentiating between closely related nursing diagnoses.
- Teaching for Wellness and Teaching for Self-Care boxes summarize health-promotion and health-restoration teaching in client-oriented language so you can easily communicate key points to your clients.
- Clinical chapters are grouped into units that correspond with Gordon's functional health patterns.
- Companion CD, included with the text, features a wide variety of review activities, NCLEX® exam-style review questions, an audio glossary, and Body Spectrum - an interactive anatomy & physiology program.
- NCLEX® Examination-Style Review Questions at the end of each chapter promote self-evaluation.
- Evidence-Based Practice boxes for specific clinical problems include research findings and applications to help students understand how research affects practice.
- Safety Issues added to appropriate skills to reflect JCAHO’s increased focus on safe patient care.
- Expanded unit on Growth & Development includes broader coverage of the older adult to help students understand the changes resulting from the aging process.
- Older Adults boxes highlight important information for providing appropriate care to this growing patient population.
- Case Studies now include photographs of patients to help bring these clinical situations to life for students.
- Skills in the text that are supported by Nursing Skills Online include NSO lesson numbers so students can go right to pertinent review and evaluation.
- Skills Video Clips from Mosby’s Nursing Skills Videos are provided on Evolve; skills in the text are flagged to remind students to view the video.
By Helen Harkreader, PhD, RN, Professor, Austin Community College Austin, TX; Mary Ann Hogan, RN, MSN, Clinical Assistant Professor; School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Amherst, MA; and Marshelle Thobaben, MS, RN, PHN, APNP, FNP, Professor and Community Health and Psychiatric Nursing Consultant, Department of Nursing, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA