Fundamentals of Nursing

3rd Edition

Caring and Clinical Judgment


  • Print ISBN 9781416034360

Key Features

  • Key nursing diagnoses are introduced at the beginning of each clinical chapter and serve as the focus for assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Nursing Process Framework for all clinical chapters provides a consistent, logical organization for nursing care.
  • Case studies introduce a patient in each clinical chapter and revisit that patient's case throughout the chapter, using it as an example in the nursing care plan.
  • Streamlined procedures help you focus on the most essential information for providing safe care - including key steps with rationales, Time to Allow estimates, delegation considerations, equipment needed, safety issues, and home care and age-related considerations as appropriate.
  • Cross-Cultural Care boxes, based on the client in the case study, include important cultural background information to help you provide culturally sensitive care.
  • Nursing Care Plans boxes, tied to the chapter case study, include NANDA diagnoses, NOC Expected Outcomes with indicators, NIC Interventions with selected activities and critical thinking questions.
  • Comprehensive coverage includes topics not usually covered in other fundamentals texts, such as Vulnerability, The Caregiver Role, The Client with Functional Limitations, and Anxiety.
  • A Patient's Perspective boxes give you a glimpse into the client's perception of the experience of illness.
  • Considering the Alternatives boxes provide an overview of alternative and complementary therapies that you might explore with your clients, including advantages and potential risks for each.
  • Action Alerts highlight situations that require immediate nursing action.
  • Clustering Data to Make a Nursing Diagnosis tables present brief patient scenarios and illustrate how to develop appropriate nursing diagnoses.
  • Decision Trees show you how to work through decisions when differentiating between closely related nursing diagnoses.

Table of Contents

UNIT 1 The Social Context of Nursing

1. The Nursing Profession

2. The Legal and Ethical Context of Practice

3. The Cultural Context of Practice

4. The Health Care Delivery System

UNIT 2 A Framework for Nursing Practice

5. Caring and Clinical Judgment

6. Client Assessment

7. Assessing Vital Signs

8. Physical Assessment

9. Making a Nursing Diagnosis

10. Planning, Intervening and Evaluating Care

11. Documenting Care

UNIT 3 The Tools of Practice

12. The Nurse-Client Relationship

13. Client Teaching

14. Managing Client Care

15. Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research

UNIT 4 The Well Client Across the Life Span

16. Infancy Through School-Age

17. Adolescents and Young Adults

18. Middle and Older Adult New!!

UNIT 5 Health Perception – Health Management Pattern

19. Health Perception

20. Health Maintenance: Lifestyle Management

21. Health Maintenance: Medication Management

22. Health Protection: Risk for Infection

23. Health Protection: Risk for Injury

UNIT 6 Nutritional – Metabolic Pattern

24. Promoting Nutrition

25. Restoring Nutrition

26. Maintaining Fluid and Electrolyte Balance

27. Promoting Wound Healing

28. Body Temperature

UNIT 7 Elimination Pattern

29. Managing Bowel Elimination

30. Managing Urinary Elimination

UNIT 8 Activity – Exercise Pattern

31. Managing Self-Care Deficit

32. Restoring Physical Mobility

33. Preventing Disuse Syndrome

34. Supporting Respiratory Function

35. Supporting Cardiovascular Function

UNIT 9 Sleep – Rest Pattern

36. Managing Sleep and Rest

UNIT 10 Cogn


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