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Conceptual Foundations

The Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice

Conceptual Foundations: The Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice, 5th Edition provides the background you need to succeed in your role as a professional nurse. It discusses the concepts that define the nursing profession, covering everything from the history of nursing to current challenges in the profession. Expert educators Joan L. Creasia, PhD, RN, and Elizabeth E. Friberg, MSN, RN, bring together the best minds of nursing for an in-depth look at the profession's major theories, practices, and principles.


Published: October 2010

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-323-09508-2


  • Part I: The Context of Professional Nursing Practice
    1. Historical Development of Professional Nursing in the United States
    2. Pathways of Nursing Education
    3. Socialization to Professional Nursing
    4. Professional Nursing Roles
    5. Theories and Frameworks for Professional Nursing Practice
    6. Health Policy and Planning and the Nursing Practice Environment
    7. Economic Issues in Nursing and Healthcare
    Part II: Dimensions of Professional Nursing Practice
    8. Communication Skills and Techniques
    9. Critical Thinking, Clinical Judgment, and the Nursing Process
    10. Challenges in Teaching and Learning
    11. Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice
    12. Ethical Dimensions of Nursing and Health Care
    13. Health Care Informatics
    Part III: Themes in Professional Nursing Practice
    14. Diversity in Health and Illness
    15. Health and Health Promotion
    16. Genetics and Genomics in Professional Nursing
    17. Rural Health Concepts
    18. Intimate Partner Violence as a Health Care Problem
    19. Vulnerable Populations
    20. Patient Safety


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