Applying Nursing Process: A Tool for Critical Thinking / Edition 7

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This trusted resource combines the practical guidance students need to understand each phase of the nursing process with an emphasis on critical thinking, focusing on both independent and collaborative responsibilities facing today's nurses. Using straightforward language, abundant examples, and real case scenarios, the book addresses the nurse's role as a caregiver and decision-maker in a range of settings—from clinic to the home, community, research, and acute care arenas. A new focus and design help readers build essential critical thinking and problem solving skills and apply them within the nursing process framework.

A companion Website provides a variety of tools such as patient self-assessment tool, clinical decision map, NCLEX® resources, and much more.

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Reviewer: Amy McClune, PhD, RN (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania)
Description: This well-organized book provides a comprehensive review of the nursing process for nurses at all levels. From the student viewpoint, the author provides tips for using the nursing process as an approach to analyzing NCLEX questions.
Purpose: In a conversational and practical manner, this seventh edition provides a current view of the nursing process in the expanding scope of practice. The differences between nursing practice, advanced nursing practice, and medical practice are described within the nursing process model.
Audience: The author invites readers from all levels to use this book to understand the importance of the nursing process. She speaks of current nurses who want to update their understanding; nurses who practice in magnet hospitals; faculty members who are looking for current methods to teach; and students who are early in their learning.
Features: The first chapter reviews the nursing process, its uses, and its importance to practice. The next five chapters focus on each of the steps of the nursing process. Illustrations are effective in reinforcing content. Quotes from nurses that emphasize important points, simple rules to help remember content, and "think about it" patient scenarios are highlighted in call-out boxes. The appendixes include commonly used NANDA diagnoses, the role of advanced practice nursing, and an interesting game — "Dead On" — to promote critical thinking.
Assessment: In this quick review of the nursing process, the author weaves the importance of the nursing process into the recommendations from regulatory and professional agencies like the American Nurses Association, the Institute of Medicine, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Joint Commission. This emphasizes the importance of the nursing process in real nursing practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781774086
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Edition description: Seventh
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Nursing Process Overview

Chapter Two: Assessment

Chapter Three: Diagnosis

Chapter Four: Planning

Chapter Five: Implementation

Chapter Six: Evaluation

Quick Reference to Nursing Diagnoses

Example Responses to Critical Thinking Exercises

Appendix A: Four Roles of Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs)

Appendix B: Dead On!! A Game to Promote Critical Thinking

Appendix C: Commonly Used NANDA Diagnoses Organized According to Gordon's Functional Health Patterns

Appendix D: Good Learning Environments, Healthy Workplace Standards, and Establishing a Culture of Safety

Appendix E: Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) and Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC) Examples


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010


    This book gives details about the Nursing Process only, I did not find it necessary.

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