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Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing - Pageburst E-Book on VitalSource (Retail Access Card)

This is a Pageburst digital textbook; This market-leading textbook offers an engaging format and clear writing style that make it easy to master the basic nursing concepts and skills you need to practice in a variety of care settings. Its nursing process framework, health promotion focus, emphasis on critical thinking, and thorough coverage of communication and patient teaching provide a strong foundation for your nursing education. Full-color illustrations, critical thinking exercises, and practical examples help you strengthen and apply your knowledge of essential nursing concepts.

Book, 992 Pages

Published: January 2009

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4557-3582-2


  • 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-PN® Examination-Style Review Questions


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