Conceptual Foundations - 5th Edition - ISBN: 9780323068697, 9780323068727

Conceptual Foundations

5th Edition

The Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice

Authors: Joan Creasia Elizabeth Friberg
eBook ISBN: 9780323068727
eBook ISBN: 9780323266208
Imprint: Mosby
Published Date: 23rd September 2010
Page Count: 464

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Conceptual Foundations: The Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice, 5th Edition provides the background you need to succeed in your role as a professional nurse. It discusses the concepts that define the nursing profession, covering everything from the history of nursing to current challenges in the profession. Expert educators Joan L. Creasia, PhD, RN, and Elizabeth E. Friberg, MSN, RN, bring together the best minds of nursing for an in-depth look at the profession's major theories, practices, and principles.

Key Features

  • Vignettes, each written by a practicing nurse, open each chapter with a specific scenario and application of professional behaviors.
  • Critical Thinking Exercises at the end of each chapter help you to use and apply what you've learned.
  • Objectives at the beginning of each chapter provide a framework for study.
  • Key points at the end of each chapter help you focus on important information.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Context of Professional Nursing Practice
1. Historical Development of Professional Nursing in the United States
2. Pathways of Nursing Education
3. Socialization to Professional Nursing
4. Professional Nursing Roles
5. Theories and Frameworks for Professional Nursing Practice
6. Health Policy and Planning and the Nursing Practice Environment
7. Economic Issues in Nursing and Healthcare
Part II: Dimensions of Professional Nursing Practice
8. Communication Skills and Techniques
9. Critical Thinking, Clinical Judgment, and the Nursing Process
10. Challenges in Teaching and Learning
11. Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice
12. Ethical Dimensions of Nursing and Health Care
13. Health Care Informatics
Part III: Themes in Professional Nursing Practice
14. Diversity in Health and Illness
15. Health and Health Promotion
16. Genetics and Genomics in Professional Nursing
17. Rural Health Concepts
18. Intimate Partner Violence as a Health Care Problem
19. Vulnerable Populations
20. Patient Safety


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About the Author

Joan Creasia

Affiliations and Expertise

Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Elizabeth Friberg

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, Virginia