- Clear, succinct coverage focuses your attention on the issues that an RN must address for a successful practice.
- Critical thinking questions gives you practice applying the critical-thinking skills you will need on the job.
- FYI boxes encourage you to think about how your day-to-day interactions will change as an RN.
- Key terms at the beginning of each chapter help you master vocabulary words central to the topic discussed.
- Learning objectives in each chapter touch on the broad range of topics that will be emphasized in the RN curriculum.
Unit One: Success in the Classroom
1. Honoring Your Past, Planning Your Future
2. Managing Time and Designing Personal Success
3. Classroom Study Habits that Work
4. Reviewing Basic Math Review for Medication Calculations
5. Passing NCLEX® NEW!
Unit Two: The Profession and Discipline of Registered Nursing
6. Distinguishing the RN Role from the LPN/LVN Role
7. The Nurses, Ideas, and Forces that Define the Profession
8. Upholding Ethical and Legal Principles
9. Care and Safety Standards, Competence, and Nurse Accountability
Unit Three: The RN as Provider of Care
10. Using Nursing Theory to Guide Professional Practice
11. Providing Patient-Centered Care Through the Nursing Process
12. Critical and Diagnostic Thinking for Better Clinical Judgment
13. Practicing Evidence-Based Decision-making
14. Communicating with Patients and Coworkers
15. Teaching Patients and Their Families
Unit Four: The RN as Manager of Care
16. Leading, Delegating, and Collaborating
17. Promoting Healthful Living in the Primary Care Setting
18. Managing Patient Care in Secondary and Tertiary Settings
Unit Five: Putting It All Together
19. Reflecting on Your Transition
Appendix A: Answers to Math Practice Problem
Appendix B: A Patient’s Bill of Rights
Appendix C: NANDA Nursing Diagnoses