Conceptual Foundations: The Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice / Edition 4

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Overview

Conceptual Foundations: The Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice, 5th Edition provides the background you need to succeed in your role as a professional nurse. It discusses the concepts that define the nursing profession, covering everything from the history of nursing to current challenges in the profession. Expert educators Joan L. Creasia, PhD, RN, and Elizabeth E. Friberg, MSN, RN, bring together the best minds of nursing for an in-depth look at the profession's major theories, practices, and principles.

Vignettes, each written by a practicing nurse, open each chapterwith a specific scenario and application of professional behaviors.
Critical Thinking Exercises at the end of each chapter help you to use and apply what you've learned.
Objectives at the beginning of each chapter provide a framework for study.
Key points at the end of each chapter help you focus on important information.

New Patient Safety chapter preparesyou for expanded nursing responsibility for patient safety, adherence to regulatory requirements of the Joint Commission, and the implementation of best practices to create health care that is safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered.
New Genetics and Genomics inProfessional Nursing chapter defines the nurse's role in family history assessment and genetic testing, explains how genetic testing is used in clinical practice, and identifies ethical issues related to this emerging practice.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: "This book presents concepts that encourage critical thinking for use with diverse client groups and clinical settings. "
Purpose: The purpose is to review and present the forces that have shaped current nursing practice and analyze themes that influence contemporary nursing practice.
Audience: Previous editions targeted RN-BSN completion programs, but the editors have expanded this fourth edition to make it appropriate for foundational courses in basic baccalaureate programs as well as for core courses in graduate nursing programs.
Features: Part 1 of the book's three parts considers historical events that have shaped nursing practice and education, and includes the socialization of nurses and the various roles that have emerged over time. It also describes theories and frameworks for professional practice as well as topics of health policy, economics, and healthcare delivery. Part 2 covers communication with clients, peers, and organizations. Legal and ethical issues are described and an update on nursing informatics is provided. Part 3 presents concepts related to diverse populations, health promotion, and alternative complementary practices. Three new chapters have been added on rural health, violence, and vulnerable populations. Learning objectives begin each chapter. Research findings and critical thinking exercises related to each concept are integrated into each chapter and selected web sites are presented.
Assessment: "This book includes the typical concepts for a foundation text, but the new chapters on rural health, violence as a health problem, and vulnerable populations moves it into the 21st century. It is a user friendly book with many interactive components. "
From The Critics
Reviewer:Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN(University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description:This book presents concepts that encourage critical thinking for use with diverse client groups and clinical settings.
Purpose:The purpose is to review and present the forces that have shaped current nursing practice and analyze themes that influence contemporary nursing practice.
Audience:Previous editions targeted RN-BSN completion programs, but the editors have expanded this fourth edition to make it appropriate for foundational courses in basic baccalaureate programs as well as for core courses in graduate nursing programs.
Features:Part 1 of the book's three parts considers historical events that have shaped nursing practice and education, and includes the socialization of nurses and the various roles that have emerged over time. It also describes theories and frameworks for professional practice as well as topics of health policy, economics, and healthcare delivery. Part 2 covers communication with clients, peers, and organizations. Legal and ethical issues are described and an update on nursing informatics is provided. Part 3 presents concepts related to diverse populations, health promotion, and alternative complementary practices. Three new chapters have been added on rural health, violence, and vulnerable populations. Learning objectives begin each chapter. Research findings and critical thinking exercises related to each concept are integrated into each chapter and selected web sites are presented.
Assessment:This book includes the typical concepts for a foundation text, but the new chapters on rural health, violence as a health problem, and vulnerable populations moves it into the 21st century. It is a user friendly book with many interactive components.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323036597
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/23/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: The Context of Professional Nursing Practice
1. Historical Development of Professional Nursing in the United States
2. Pathways of Nursing Education
3. Socialization to Professional Nursing
4. Professional Nursing Roles
5. Theories and Frameworks for Professional Nursing Practice
6. Health Policy and Planning and the Nursing Practice Environment
7. Economic Issues in Nursing and Healthcare
Part II: Dimensions of Professional Nursing Practice
8. Communication Skills and Techniques
9. Critical Thinking, Clinical Judgment, and the Nursing Process
10. Challenges in Teaching and Learning
11. Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice
12. Ethical Dimensions of Nursing and Health Care
13. Health Care Informatics
Part III: Themes in Professional Nursing Practice
14. Diversity in Health and Illness
15. Health and Health Promotion
16. Genetics and Genomics in Professional Nursing
17. Rural Health Concepts
18. Intimate Partner Violence as a Health Care Problem
19. Vulnerable Populations
20. Patient Safety

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