Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9781416052289, 9781416068112

Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing

3rd Edition

Authors: Susan deWit
eBook ISBN: 9781416068112
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 3rd October 2008
Page Count: 992

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This market-leading textbook offers an engaging format and clear writing style that make it easy to master the basic nursing concepts and skills you need to practice in a variety of care settings. Its nursing process framework, health promotion focus, emphasis on critical thinking, and thorough coverage of communication and patient teaching provide a strong foundation for your nursing education. Full-color illustrations, critical thinking exercises, and practical examples help you strengthen and apply your knowledge of essential nursing concepts.

Key Features

  • More than 500 full-color illustrations — including 50 new to this edition — highlight and explain key concepts presented in the text.
  • Concepts and skills are presented from simplest to most complex to help you gradually build your knowledge and learn more easily.
  • A Companion CD-ROM includes audio clips, an audio glossary, video clips, 3-D animations, English-Spanish phrases, NCLEX®-PN Examination-style review questions, and more.
  • Theory and Clinical Practice Objectives introduce you to the concepts you’ll learn in each chapter.
  • Key Terms with phonetic pronunciations familiarize you with the language of nursing and health care.
  • Overview of Structure and Function provides a brief review of essential anatomy and physiology related to specific body systems, with a special section on aging.
  • The nursing process is emphasized throughout in Application of the Nursing Process sections and serves as the framework for Skills and Nursing Care Plans.
  • Think Critically About… boxes encourage you to synthesize information and apply concepts beyond the scope of the chapter.
  • Approximately 80 Skills provide illustrated step-by-step instructions for performing key nursing procedures, with clear actions and rationales and Critical Thinking Questions.
  • Approximately 50 Steps present abbreviated versions of additional skills in a quick-reference action/rationale format.
  • Approximately 20 Nursing Care Plans provide examples for planning care and encourage you to think critically and follow the nursing process.
  • Critical Thinking Activities at the end of each chapter allow you to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to specific clinical scenarios.
  • Elder Care Points introduce you to the unique care issues that affect older adults.
  • Health Promotion Points address wellness and disease prevention, including diet, infection control, and more.
  • Communication Cues feat

Table of Contents

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. 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 for Health Promotion

10. Supervision, Leadership, and Management

Unit Four: Developmental, Psychosocial, and Cultural Consideration

11. Growth and Development: Infancy Through Adolescence

12. Adulthood and the Family

13. Promoting Healthy Adaption to Aging

14. Cultural and Spiritual Aspects of Patient Care

15. Loss, Grief, the Dying Patient, and Palliative Care

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


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About the Author

Susan deWit

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly, Instructor of Nursing, El Centro College, Dallas, TX; and Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, CA