Basic Geriatric Nursing / Edition 4

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Part of the popular LPN threads series, Basic GERIATRIC NURSING, 4th Edition presents the theories and concepts of aging, the physiologic and psychosocial changes and problems associated with the process, and appropriate nursing interventions. With its easy-to-read, clear writing style, this text provides the right depth and breadth of geriatrics content for LPN/LVNs.

• UNIQUE! Nursing Care Plans follow the nursing process and include Critical Thinking Questions at the end of each plan.
• UNIQUE! Key Points at the end of chapters summarize chapter highlights.
• Clear, concise writing throughout, makes the content easily understandable and consistent.
• Nursing Process sections in each appropriate chapter provides a strong framework for the discussion of the nursing care of the elderly patient as related to specific disorders.
• UNIQUE! Nursing Interventions grouped according to health care setting (e.g. acute care, extended care, home care) allow you to see how care may be adapted and/or modified depending on the setting.
• UNIQUE! Patient Teaching boxes instruct and inform both elderly patients and their caregivers about health promotion, disease prevention, and age-specific interventions.
• UNIQUE! Complementary and Alternative Therapies boxes for geriatric patients provide valuable information on pain management through nonpharmocologic therapies.
• Clinical Situations boxes include patient scenarios in the clinical setting, preparing you for patient care in the real world.
• UNIQUE! Delegation Considerations boxes address such topics as restraints, elder abuse, and end-of-life care as related to responsibilities of nursing assistants and other health care workers who are supervised by LPN/LVNs.
• UNIQUE! Critical Thinking boxes stress important content-related points and pose questions designed to stimulate further discussion.
• Cultural Considerations boxes provide advice on culturally diverse patient care of older adults.
• Includes content on ethical and legal issues in end-of-life care (including separate chapter that addresses pain management and palliative care in both the institutional and home settings).
• UNIQUE! Perforated Student Activities workbook at the back of the book includes a variety of matching, multiple-choice, study questions, case studies with critical thinking questions, and Internet activities.

• Full-color art, photographs, and design create a vivid, dynamic background for the narrative.
• Improved format with more bulleted lists and smaller chunks of content make content even easier to understand and retain.
• Case Studies and related Questions and Activities in the Student Activities section at the back of the book are detailed, in-depth clinical scenarios and related questions.
• Content on Home Health for both patients and caregivers includes essential information for LPN/LVNs caring for older adults in the home setting.
• Content on Alzheimer's disease help you recognize the many manifestations of the disease in each of its stages and provide safe, appropriate care.
• Increased content on therapeutic communication acknowledges generational and cultural differences among patients and caregivers and helps you learn how to communicate effectively with older adults in any stage of health or illness.
• Increased cultural content on the impact of aging in other cultures throughout help you become more culturally sensitive when providing nursing care.
• UNIQUE! Section on Baby Boomers and the impact of their aging on health care addresses key information on the largest age group and their health care needs.
• MyPyramid illustrates the 2005 revised guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and allows individualization of nutritional guidelines, helping you to easily modify nutritional needs for older adults.
• UNIQUE! Evidence-based research to support gerontologic nursing care.
• Updated Lab Values for Older Adults provide the necessary statistics for evaluating assessment data and providing appropriate nursing care.
• Evolve Student Resources now include audio pronunciations, animations, and video assessment.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Donna Marie Minner, BSN, RN (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Description: This well designed and organized geriatric textbook for LPN students is divided into four units that include an overview of aging, basic skills for gerontological nursing, psychosocial care of the elderly, and physical care of the elderly. Each unit flows nicely and builds upon the previous ones. Also included in the same binder is a workbook and tests.
Purpose: The stated purpose is "to give the beginning nurse a balanced perspective on the realities of aging and to broaden the new nurse's viewpoint regarding aging people so that their needs can be met in a compassionate, caring and appropriate manner." With our world population aging at a rapid rate, more must be done to assure good evidence-based nursing care. This book makes much current evidence available to beginning LPN students as a foundation to build upon for future learning and practice.
Audience: Beginning LPN students studying gerontology are the intended audience and the book hits the mark well. The information is concise and understandable and the book includes questions to promote critical thought.
Features: A nice feature of this book is the cultural awareness information that is provided periodically throughout the units. Key terms that may prove difficult are listed at the beginning of the chapters with pronunciations and meanings. According to the author, this was done in part because of the increase in number of nursing students whose first language is not English. Throughout the book, a web site is referenced where audio pronunciations may be accessed along with expanded information on various gerontology subjects.
Assessment: This appears to be a well thought out, expanded edition of the basic LPN geriatric textbook. This is not only a comprehensive text for beginning LPN students studying gerontology, but should also serve as a useful reference as they move through their nursing education.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323052436
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/23/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 989,492
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

UNIT ONE: Overview of Aging

1. Trends and Issues

2. Theories of Aging

3. Physiologic Changes

UNIT TWO: Basic Skills for Gerontologic Nursing

4. Health Promotion, Health Maintenance, and Home Health Considerations

5. Communicating with Older Adults

6. Nutrition and Fluid Balance

7. Medications and Older Adults

8. Health Assessment of Older Adults

9. Meeting Safety Needs of Older Adults

10. Cognition and Perception

UNIT THREE: Psychosocial Care of the Older Adult

11. Self-Perception and Self-Concept

12. Roles and Relationships

13. Coping and Stress

14. Values and Beliefs

15. End-of-Life Care

16. Sexuality and Aging

UNIT FOUR: Physical Care of the Older Adult

17. Meeting Nutritional and Fluid Needs

18. Care of Aging Skin and Mucous Membranes

19. Elimination

20. Activity and Exercise

21. Sleep and Rest


A Laboratory Values for the Older Adult

B Geriatric Depression Assessment Scale

C Resources


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