Success in Practical/Vocational Nursing - 7th Edition - ISBN: 9781455703357, 9780323293341

Success in Practical/Vocational Nursing

7th Edition

From Student to Leader

Authors: Signe Hill Helen Howlett
eBook ISBN: 9780323293341
eBook ISBN: 9781455756193
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 4th September 2012
Page Count: 464

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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.

Key Features

  • 1-2-3-approach walks you through the steps of what you need to do and how to do it.
  • A separate chapter on critical thinking and plentiful critical thinking exercises encourage you to apply your knowledge to solve problems in both academic and personal situations.
  • Coverage of Medicare helps you understand the costs of managed care, especially in long-term settings for older adults, and how it affects LPN/LVN practice and patients.
  • Keep In Mind boxes prompt you to consider the underlying theme as you read the chapter.

Table of Contents

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)


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About the Author

Signe Hill

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly Instructor, Practical Nursing Program, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI

Helen Howlett

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly Instructor, Practical Nursing Program, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI