Contemporary Practical/Vocational Nursing / Edition 6

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Whether adapting to your new role as student nurse, preparing for the NCLEX-PN, or seeking advice that will help you make sound career choices, this informative text delivers the guidance you need to be a practical/vocational nurse!

Emphasis on health care facilities rather than hospitals/healthcare systems/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

Introduces the history of nursing, cultural differences, behavioral objectives, case studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Reviewer: Viki Hedderick, DEd, MSN, BSN (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania)
Description: This is the 7th edition of a book, originally published in 1989, that provides prospective and current students with valuable information to set the stage for embarking in nursing as well as how to be successful throughout a program and upon graduation.
Purpose: The author identifies the objectives as providing emphasis on life-long learning. She effectively immerses readers in foundational knowledge of nursing from the past to present. Admittedly, when reading the author's objectives/intent, I thought the book was intended as a preprogram resource. However, as I began to read, I realized it had a textbook component.
Audience: The intended audience is incoming nursing students. However, the book provides direction for individuals throughout their educational journey and upon graduation. This leaves me confused about whether the audience is incoming students or if the book is intended as an introductory textbook.
Features: The book is thorough with regard to information for students to be successful. The first chapters focus on self-exploration related to study habits, communication, and time management of nursing school and life. Then the book diverges into a history of nursing, patient care, ethics, etc. The graphics and language are appropriate for the intended readers. The instructor resources are plentiful, including online access to objectives, quizzes PowerPoint case studies, etc.
Assessment: This is appropriate for introductory-level students and will be useful as they progress through the PN program. It is an easy read and full of illustrations and graphics to supplement the text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781782692
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Lippincott's Practical Nursing Series
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit 1 Getting Started

1 Adjusting to Student Life 3

2 The Student Nurse as a Person 38

3 Communication Skills 61

4 Education for Nursing 83

5 The NCLEX-PN 104

Unit 2 Understanding Your Profession

6 Nursing From Past to Present 119

7 The Health Care System 140

8 The Health Care Team 166

9 Providing Patient Care 185

Unit 3 Preparing for Successful Practice

10 Ethical Issues in Health Care 223

11 Legally Responsible Nursing Practice 244

12 Leadership and Followership Skills 264

13 Management Skills 280

Unit 4 Moving Forward

14 Beginning Your Nursing Career 303

15 Current Issues and Future Concerns 335

App. A Stress Management Techniques 367

App. B Controlled Substances - Uses and Effects 369

App. C Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases 374

App. D Andrews/Boyle Transcultural Nursing Assessment Guide for Individuals and Families 378

App. E Directory of Nursing and Health-Related Organizations 384

App. F NFLPN Nursing Practice Standards for the Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse 394

App. G National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service Standards of Practice and Educational Competencies of Graduates of Practical/Vocational Nursing Programs 398

App. H Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Dictionary of Terms 402

Index 405

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