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Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing

Part of the popular LPN Threads series, this market-leading text features an easy-to-follow writing style and organization to teach you the concepts and skills you need to know to practice nursing in a variety of care settings. This new edition offers in-depth discussion of QSEN competencies, rationales for the NCLEX-PN review questions, and new icons to point out the most current evidence-based information.


Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4557-5929-3


  • 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. Overview of the 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
    10. Delegation, Leadership, and Management

    Unit Four: Developmental, Psychosocial, and Cultural Considerations
    11. Growth and Development: Infancy Through Adolescence
    12. Adulthood and the Family
    13. Promoting Healthy Adaptation to Aging
    14. Cultural and Spiritual Aspects of Patient Care
    15. Loss, Grief, and the Dying Patient

    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 A. ANA Standards of Nursing Practice

    Appendix B. ANA Code of Ethics

    Appendix C. NFLPN Code for Nurses

    Appendix D. Standard Steps for All Nursing Procedures

    Appendix E. Standard Precautions

    Appendix F. Most Common Laboratory Test Values

    Appendix G. Therapeutic Diets

    Appendix H. Medical Terminology

    Appendix I. Answers to NCLEX Examination-Style Review Questions


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