Basic Geriatric Nursing / Edition 4

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The bestselling LPN/LVN geriatric nursing textbook, Basic Geriatric Nursing, 5th Edition covers age-appropriate nursing interventions in a variety of health care settings. It includes the theories and concepts of aging, covers expected physiologic and psychosocial changes, and highlights delegation, coordinated care, end-of-life care, patient teaching, quality of life, safety, and home care. This edition is updated with the latest issues and trends in geriatric nursing, including changes to the health care system and demographics. Part of the popular LPN Threads series, Gloria Hoffman Wold's text provides a clear and compassionate introduction to geriatric care.

  • Complete coverage of key topics includes baby boomers and the impact of their aging on the health care system, therapeutic communication, cultural considerations, spiritual influences, evidence-based practice in geriatric nursing, and elder abuse, restraints, and ethical and legal issues in end-of-life care.
  • UNIQUE! Delegation, leadership, and management content is integrated throughout.
  • Nursing Process sections provide a framework for the discussion of the nursing care of the elderly patient as related to specific disorders.
  • UNIQUE! A FREE Study Guide in the back of the book reinforces understanding with scenario-based clinical activities and practice questions.
  • UNIQUE! Nursing interventions are numbered and grouped according to health care setting (e.g., acute care, extended care, home care), in a patient-centered approach emphasizing the unique needs of the older adult.
  • UNIQUE! Nursing Care Plans with critical thinking questions help in understanding how a care plan is developed, how to evaluate care of a patient, and how to apply your knowledge to clinical scenarios.
  • UNIQUE! Critical Thinking boxes help you to assimilate and synthesize information.
  • Clinical Situation boxes present patient scenarios with lessons for appropriate nursing care and patient sensitivity.
  • Coordinated Care 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! Complementary and Alternative Therapies boxes address specific therapies commonly used by the geriatric population for health promotion and pain relief.
  • Cultural Considerations boxes encourage culturally sensitive care of older adults.
  • UNIQUE! Patient Teaching boxes highlight health promotion, disease prevention, and age-specific interventions.
  • UNIQUE! LPN Threads make learning easier, featuring an appropriate reading level, key terms with phonetic pronunciations and text page references, chapter objectives, special features boxes, and full-color art, photographs, and design.
  • Updated discussion of issues and trends includes demographic factors and economic, social, cultural, and family influences.
  • UNIQUE! Safety Alert! boxes highlight 2010-2011 Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals, with special consideration for polypharmacy and medication safety, communication and involving patients in their own health care, and infection, pneumonia, pressure ulcer, and fall prevention.
  • UNIQUE! Get Ready for the NCLEX® Examination! section at the end of each chapter includes key points along with new Review Questions for the NCLEX examination and critical thinking which may be used for individual, small group, or classroom review.
  • UNIQUE! Streamlined coverage of nutrition and fluid balance integrates these essential topics.
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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: 1,038,286
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit 1 Overview of Aging 1
1 Trends and Issues 3
2 Theories of Aging 22
3 Physiologic Changes 25
Unit 2 Basic Skills for Gerontologic Nursing 61
4 Health Promotion and Health Maintenance 63
5 Communicating With Older Adults 73
6 Nutrition and Fluid Balance 80
7 Medications and Older Adults 93
8 Health Assessment of Older Adults 105
9 Meeting Safety Needs of Older Adults 122
Unit 3 Psychosocial Care of the Elderly 131
10 Cognition and Perception 133
11 Self-Perception and Self-Concept 151
12 Roles and Relationships 163
13 Coping and Stress 172
14 Values and Beliefs 181
15 End-of-Life Care 187
16 Sexuality and Aging 200
Unit 4 Physical Care of the Elderly 205
17 Meeting Nutritional and Fluid Needs 207
18 Care of Aging Skin and Mucous Membranes 222
19 Elimination 241
20 Activity and Exercise 255
21 Sleep and Rest 278
App. A 285
App. B 290
App. C 295
Bibliography and Reader Reference 297
Illustration Credits 302
Glossary 304
Index 309
Student Activities 319
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