Lewis's Medical Surgical Nursing

Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems

Medical-Surgical nursing is the very foundation of the nursing degree, and focuses predominantly although not exclusively, on care in the clinical environment. The text addresses pathophysiological mechanisms of disease, and assessment and management of common and diverse conditions including respiratory problems, cardiovascular disease, cancer, gastrointestinal problems, renal and urological problems, reproductive problems, nervous system and emergency care. There are many new contributors in the 2nd edition, representing a greater spread of academics and clinicians from across Australia and New Zealand. The text has been significantly revised to better reflect the ANZ context, with more up-to-date references and examples from evidence-based research and practice throughout. It includes a completely original chapter on ‘Rural and Remote Nursing', as well as an important new chapter on Obesity as it impacts disease.

Undergraduate Nursing students in Australia or New Zealand


Published: November 2007

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-7295-3801-5


  • 1 Concepts of Nursing Practice, Professor Jo Ann Walton, AUT

    1 The importance of nursing, Prof Mary FitzGerald, JCU

    2 Culture and Diversity, Dr Rhonda Marriott, Murdoch and Prof Jo Ann Walton, AUT

    3 Health history and physical examination, Jan Thompson, Flinders

    4 Health promotion & health education, AssPro Pauline Glover, Flinders

    5 Older adults, Prof Lynn Chenoweth, UTS

    6 Community-based nursing and home care, Caroline Lewis, Nurse

    7 Complementary and alternative therapies, Lesley Cuthbertson, Flinders

    8 Pain management, Prof Mari Botti, Deakin/Epworth Hospital

    9 Palliative care, Ann Harrington, Flinders and Meg Hegarty, Flinders

    10 Substance use and dependency, Prof Charlotte de Crespigny, Flinders

    11 Rural and remote, Prof Desley Hegney, UQ, Dr Bev McKay, Northland Polytechnic, Dr Sue Kruske, CDU, Prof Sue Kildea, CDU, Sue Lenthall, Flinders/CDU, and Sabina Knight, Flinders/CDU

    2 Pathophysiological Mechanisms of Disease, Professor Patsy Yates, QUT

    12 Nursing Management: Inflammation, infection and healing, Professor Patsy Yates, QUT

    13 Genetics and altered immune responses, Professor Patsy Yates, QUT

    14 Nursing Management: Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection, Professor Patsy Yates, QUT

    15 Cancer, Professor Patsy Yates, QUT

    16 Nursing Management: Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Imbalances, Professor Patsy Yates, QUT

    3 Perioperative Care, Dr Marilyn Richardson-Tench, VU

    17 Nursing Management: Preoperative Care, Carolyn Naismith, Nurse Clinician

    18 Nursing Management: Intraoperative Care, Anne Duncan, Formerly Deakin

    19 Nursing Management: Postoperative Care, Pat Nicholson, UniMelb

    4 Problems Related To Altered Sensory Input, Elaine Boxer, St Vincents Hospital

    20 Nursing Assessment: Visual and Auditory Systems, Karen Twyford, Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital

    21 Nursing Management: Visual and Auditory Problems, Karen Twyford, Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital

    22 Nursing Assessment: Integumentary System, Elaine Boxer, St Vincent Hospital

    23 Nursing Management: Integumentary Problems, Elaine Boxer, St Vincent Hospital

    24 Nursing Management: Burns, Joy Fong, Royal Perth Hospital

    5 Problems of Oxygenation: Ventilation, Professor Bridie Kent, UniAuckland

    25 Nursing Assessment: Respiratory System, Professor Bridie Kent, UniAuckland

    26 Nursing Management: Upper Respiratory Tract Problems, Jane Clarke, UniAuckland

    27 Nursing Management: Lower Respiratory Tract Problems, Kim Ward, Nurse Clinician

    28 Nursing Management: Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases, Professor Bridie Kent, UniAuckland

    6 Problems of Oxygenation: Transport, Gerry Lee, La Trobe

    29 Nursing Assessment: Haematological System, Gerry Lee, La Trobe

    30 Nursing Management: Haematological Problems, Gerry Lee, La Trobe

    7 Problems of Oxygenation: Perfusion, Robyn Gallagher, UTS

    31 Nursing Assessment: Cardiovascular System, Linda Soars, Clinical Nurse Consultant

    32 Nursing Management: Hypertension, Robyn Gallagher, UTS

    33 Nursing Management: Coronary Artery Disease and Acute Coronary Syndrome, Robyn Gallagher, UTS

    34 Nursing Management: Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy, Linda Soars, Clinical Nurse Consultant

    35 Nursing Management: Arrhythmias, Robyn Gallagher, UTS

    36 Nursing Management: Inflammatory and Valvular Heart Diseases, Robyn Gallagher, UTS

    37 Nursing Management: Vascular Disorders, Linda Soars, Clinical Nurse Consultant

    8 Problems of Ingestion, Digestion, Absorption, and Elimination, Dianne Jones, Clinical Nurse Consultant

    38 Nursing Assessment: Gastrointestinal System, Rhonda McLean Walck, Clinical Nurse Consultant

    39 Nursing Management: Nutritional Problems, Brighid McPherson, Clinical Nurse Consultant

    40 Nursing Management: Obesity, Brighid McPherson, Clinical Nurse Consultant

    41 Nursing Management: Upper Gastrointestinal Problems, Ann Framp, Clinical Nurse Consultant

    42 Nursing Management: Lower Gastrointestinal Problems, Joylene Morcom, Repatriation General Hospital

    43 Nursing Management: Liver, Biliary Tract, and Pancreas Problems, Dianne Jones, Clinical Nurse Consultant

    9 Problems of Urinary Function, Dr Ann Bonner, JCU

    44 Nursing Assessment: Urinary System, Dr Ann Bonner, JCU

    45 Nursing Management: Renal and Urological Problems, Dr Ann Bonner, JCU

    46 Nursing Management: Acute Renal Failure and Chronic Kidney Disease, Dr Ann Bonner, JCU

    10 Problems Related to Regulatory Mechanisms, Margaret Martin, Royal Hospital for Women

    47 Nursing Assessment: Endocrine System, Leonie Murphy, RMIT TAFE

    48 Nursing Management: Diabetes Mellitus, Cherie Whitbread, Clinical Nurse Consultant

    49 Nursing Management: Endocrine Problems, Leonie Murphy, RMIT TAFE

    50 Nursing Assessment: Reproductive System, Margaret Martin, Royal Hospital for Women

    51 Nursing Management: Breast Disorders, Susan Rovelli, Royal Hospital for Women

    52 Nursing Management: Sexually Transmitted Infections, John Rolley, UWS

    53 Nursing Management: Female Reproductive Problems, Margaret Martin, Royal Hospital for Women

    54 Nursing Management: Male Reproductive Problems, John Rolley, UWS

    11 Problems Related to Movement and Coordination, Malcolm Elliott, Deakin

    55 Nursing Assessment: Nervous System, Malcolm Elliott, Deakin

    56 Nursing Management: Acute Intracranial Problems, Perrin Whimpress, CDU

    57 Nursing Management: Patient with a Stroke, Craig Harris, Nepean Hospital

    58 Nursing Management: Chronic Neurological Problems, Jennifer Blundell, UniSyd

    59 Nursing Management: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, Wendy Moyle, Griffith

    60 Nursing Management: Peripheral Nerve and Spinal Cord Problems, Anna Brown, Austin Hospital/La Trobe

    61 Nursing Management: Musculoskeletal System, Jennifer Blundell, UniSyd

    62 Nursing Management: Musculoskeletal Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Jennifer Blundell, UniSyd

    63 Nursing Management: Musculoskeletal Problems, Jennifer Blundell, UniSyd

    64 Nursing Management: Arthritis and Connective Tissue Disease, Christine Beanland, Formerly Deakin/Nurse consultant

    12 Nursing Care in Specialised Settingsm, Michelle Kelly, UTS

    65 Nursing Management: Critical Care Environment, Michelle Kelly, UTS

    66 Nursing Management: Shock and Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome, Michelle Kelly, UTS

    67 Nursing Management: Respiratory Failure and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Michelle Kelly, UTS

    68 Nursing Management: Emergency Care Situations, Sarah Parkinson, Nurse Clinician


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