Success in Practical/Vocational Nursing

From Student to Leader


  • Signe Hill, RN, BSN, MA, Formerly Instructor, Practical Nursing Program, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI
  • Helen Howlett, RN, BSN, MS, Formerly Instructor, Practical Nursing Program, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI

Part of the LPN Threads series, Success in Practical/Vocational Nursing: From Student to Leader, 7th Edition helps you develop the practical knowledge and problem-solving skills you need for a successful career as an LPN/LVN. This edition features up-to-date content that is logically organized with concepts that build on each other as you progress through the material.
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  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-5620-9


UNIT 1: The Adult Learner and the Practical/Vocational Nursing Program
1. The Adult Learner: Hints to Succeed
2. Time Management: Making Time Work For You  
3. Learning Methods and Skills: How Do You Learn?
4. Using Your Methods and Skills: Studying and Testing
5. Learning During School: Using Available Resources
6. Personal Health Promotion: A Role Model for Patients
UNIT 2: Building Blocks for Your Career
7. How Practical/Vocational Nursing Evolved: 1836 to Present
8. Critical Thinking: A Lifelong Journey 
9. Nursing Process: Your Role
10. Nursing Theory, Research, and Evidence-Based Practice
11. Ethics Applied to Nursing: Personal vs. Professional Ethics
12. Nursing and the Law: What are the Rules?
UNIT 3: Patients and Coworkers
13. Straightforward Communication: Instructors, Coworkers, and Patients
14. Assertiveness: Your Responsibility
15. The Health Care Team: Where the Practical/Vocational Nurse Fits In
16. Cultural Uniqueness Sensitivity and Competence
17. Spiritual Needs: Spiritual Caring and Religious Differences
UNIT 4: Health Care Environment
18. Health Care Settings: Potential Job Sites 
19. Health Care Systems: Financing Issues and Trends
UNIT 5: Leading and Managing Others
20. Leadership Skills
21. LPN/LVN Charge Nurse Skills: Management Including Assignment and Delegation
UNIT 6: End and a New Beginning
22. Finding a Job: What Works, and What Doesn’t
23. NCLEX-PN Examination
24. Future Career Decisions: Choosing What is Right For You
Appendix A: NAPNES Standards of Practice and Educational Competencies for Graduates of Licensed Practical/Vocational Nursing Programs
Appendix B: NFLPN Nursing Practice Standards for the Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse
References and Suggested Readings
Illustration Credits
NCLEX-PN® Review Question Answer Key
NANDA Nursing Diagnoses (Inside Back Cover)