Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing, 3rd Edition

Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing

3rd Edition

By Susan C. deWit, MSN, RN, CNS, PHN, Formerly, Instructor of Nursing, El Centro College, Dallas, TX; and Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, CA


Unit One: Introduction to Nursing and the Health Care System

1. Nursing and the Health Care System

2. Concepts of Health, Illness, and Health Promotion

3. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Nursing

Unit Two: The Nursing Process

4. Nursing Process and Critical Thinking

5. Assessment, Nursing Diagnosis, and Planning

6. Implementation and Evaluation

Unit Three: Communication in Nursing

7. Documentation of Nursing Care

8. Communication and the Nurse-Patient Relationship

9. Patient Teaching for Health Promotion

10. Supervision, Leadership, and Management

Unit Four: Developmental, Psychosocial, and Cultural Consideration

11. Growth and Development: Infancy Through Adolescence

12. Adulthood and the Family

13. Promoting Healthy Adaption to Aging

14. Cultural and Spiritual Aspects of Patient Care

15. Loss, Grief, the Dying Patient, and Palliative Care

Unit Five: Basic Nursing Skills

16. Infection Prevention and Control: Protective Mechanisms and Asepsis

17. Infection Prevention and Control in the Hospital and Home

18. Lifting, Moving, and Positioning Patients

19. Assisting with Hygiene, Personal Care, Skin Care, and the Prevention of Pressure Ulcers

20. Patient Environment and Safety

21. Measuring Vital Signs

22. Assessing Health Status

23. Admitting, Transferring, and Discharging Patients

24. Diagnostic Tests and Specimen Collection

Unit Six: Meeting Basic Physiologic Needs

25. Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance

26. Concepts of Basic Nutrition and Cultural Considerations

27. Diet Therapy and Assisted Feeding

28. Assisting with Respiration and Oxygen Delivery

29. Promoting Urinary Elimination

30. Promoting Bowel Elimination

31. Pain, Comfort, and Sleep

32. Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Unit Seven: Medication Administration

33. Pharmacology and Preparation for Drug Administration

34. Administering Oral, Topical, and Inhalant Medications

35. Administering Intradermal, Subcutaneous, and Intramuscular Injections

36. Administering Intravenous Solutions and Medications

Unit Eight: Care of the Surgical and Immobile Patient

37. Care of the Surgical Patient

38. Providing Wound Care and Treating Pressure Ulcers

39. Promoting Musculoskeletal Function

Unit Nine: Caring for the Elderly

40. Common Physical Care Problems of the Elderly

41. Common Psychosocial Care Problems of the Elderly

Appendix 1: American Nurses Association Standards of Nursing Practice

Appendix 2: American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses

Appendix 3: Standard Steps for All Nursing Procedures

Appendix 4: NFLPN Nursing Practice Standards for the Licensed Practical Nurse

Appendix 5: Standard Precautions

Appendix 6: Basic Laboratory Test Values

Appendix 7: Therapeutic Diets

Appendix 8: Medical Terminology

Appendix 9: Answers to NCLEX-PNŽ Examination-Style Review Questions