Study Guide for Fundamentals of Nursing


  • Patricia Potter, RN, MSN, PhD, FAAN, Director of Research, Patient Care Services Barnes-Jewish Hospital St. Louis, MO
  • Anne Perry, RN, EdD, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Nursing, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL
  • Patricia Stockert, RN, BSN, MS, PhD, President of the College, Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing, Peoria, IL
  • Amy Hall, RN, BSN, MS, PhD, CNE, Chair and White Family Endowed Professor of Nursing, Dunigan Family Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Evansville, Evansville, IN
  • Geralyn Ochs, RN, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, Assistant Professorof Nursing, Coordinator of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, St. Louis University, School of Nursing, St. Louis, MO

Get the most out of your textbook with this helpful study tool! Corresponding to the chapters in Fundamentals of Nursing, 8th Edition, by Patricia Potter et al., this study guide helps you understand key concepts with review questions, exercises, and learning activities. Skills checklists on an Evolve companion website help you learn and master important nursing procedures.
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Book information

  • Published: April 2012
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-323-08469-7

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Nursing and the Health Care Environment

1. Nursing Today

2. The Health Care Delivery System

3. Community-Based Nursing Practice

4. Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

5. Evidence-Based Practice

Unit 2: Caring Throughout the Life Span

6. Health and Wellness

7. Caring in Nursing Practice

8. Caring for the Cancer Survivor

9. Culture and Ethnicity

10. Caring for Families

11. Developmental Theories

12. Conception Through Adolescence

13. Young to Middle Adult

14. Older Adult

Unit 3: Critical Thinking in Nursing Practice

15. Critical Thinking in Nursing Practice

16. Nursing Assessment

17. Nursing Diagnosis

18. Planning Nursing Care

19. Implementing Nursing Care

20. Evaluation

21. Managing Patient Care

Unit 4: Professional Standards in Nursing Practice

22. Ethics and Values

23. Legal Implications in Nursing Practice

24. Communication

25. Patient Education

26. Documentation and Informatics

Unit 5: Foundations for Nursing Practice

27. Patient Safety

28. Infection Prevention and Infection Control

29. Vital Signs

30. Health Assessment and Physical Examination

31. Medication Administration

32. Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Unit 6: Psychosocial Basis for Nursing Practice

33. Self-Concept

34. Sexuality

35. Spiritual Health

36. The Experience of Loss, Death, and Grief

37. Stress and Coping

Unit 7: Physiological Basis for Nursing Practice

38. Activity and Exercise

39. Hygiene

40. Oxygenation

41. Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance

42. Sleep

43. Pain Management

44. Nutrition

45. Urinary Elimination

46. Bowel Elimination

47. Mobility and Immobility

48. Skin Integrity and Wound Care

49. Sensory Alterations

50. Care of Surgical Patients