Essentials of Pediatric Nursing / Edition 2

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Kyle/2E promotes confidence in pediatric nursing by growing and developing students’ understanding of child and family care. Building on foundational concepts of adult nursing, students learn techniques of atraumatic care and patient teaching, and methods of communicating with children and their families. An emphasis is placed on defining the differences between adult care and pediatric care to increase the student’s level of comfort with this specific patient type.
Many features to enhance student understanding of pediatric nursing including:

  • Clear organization to encourage students to build on foundational nursing knowledge
  • Unique design to appeal to multiple learning styles
  • NEW! Atraumatic Care Highlights throughout and a complete chapter on atraumatic care assist students in reducing patient and family stress in the healthcare setting
  • NEW! Evidence-Based Practice boxes show current research to support pediatric nursing topics, giving students real-world evidence to assist in understanding
  • NEW! Thinking About Development features encourage students to think critically about special developmental concerns relating to the topic being discussed.
  • NEW! Healthy People 2020 objectives have been included to provide current industry information
  • Integrated Case Studies are threaded throughout chapters with real-life scenarios that present relevant child and family information that is intended to perfect the student’s caregiving skills
  • Comparison Charts compare two or more disorders or other easily confused concepts, to provide explanations and clarification for students
  • Nursing Care Plans provide concrete examples of each step of the nursing process
  • Step-by-Step Procedures provide a clear explanation of pediatric variations to facilitate competent performance

This primary "essentials textbook" is intended specifically as the course text for the standard, increasingly shortened Pediatrics course in Associate Degree programs. The book covers those topics of importance that are addressed in ADN programs without providing the unnecessary detail that is seen in virtually all essentials pediatrics texts on the market today. A companion text by Susan Scott-Ricci--Essential Textbook of Women's Care, Newborn Care, and Women's Health Nursing--can serve as the text for the Maternity course in ADN programs.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Jocelyn C Amberg, MSN, BSN (University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is the second edition of a book that sets out the essentials of pediatric nursing for students learning to care for children in any pediatric healthcare setting. The first edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: The purpose is to direct nursing students to an understanding of critical concepts in pediatric nursing. The authors note that the book builds on prior knowledge. The two main objectives are to provide student nurses with "the basis needed for sound nursing care of children" and "the ability to critically think in various healthcare settings." These worthy objectives are important for producing competent graduate nurses in pediatrics.
Audience: Baccalaureate level nursing students are the appropriate audience.
Features: From foundational information on assessment, procedures, growth and development, and communication with children and families, to key information for pediatric settings and a systems approach to pediatric disorders and diseases, this book provides a very good look into pediatric nursing. My absolutely favorite chapter, which I have not seen in any other book, is chapter 8, on the atraumatic care of children and families. The content is not new, but the fact that it is pulled together in one place is great! Particularly helpful is table 8.2, of misunderstood terms. I stress communication in my classes and this chapter is simply excellent, to the point, and well organized. Another unique chapter in a book like this is chapter 31, on pediatric emergencies. It is like a mini-PALs class and stresses the important facts pediatric nurses should be assessing and tasks they should be doing in an emergency. Among the helpful features for students are the "Take Note!" sections, which offer rationales to do, or not to do, something. The organization of the book is excellent, which makes it easy to find topics. Although I like the "Thinking about development" sections, they are easy to overlook and could use some highlighting to catch readers' eyes. At times, the "Words of Wisdom" are difficult to read in red font. Some of the information on diseases is basic — for instance, epiglottis does not have the usual classic signs and symptoms. However, coverage of important diseases is in depth and well done.
Assessment: This book stresses the most important concepts in pediatric nursing and is an excellent choice as a textbook for a concept-based or competency-based curriculum. I prefer it to the one I currently use, Child Health Nursing: Partnering with Children and Families, 2nd edition, Ball et al. (Pearson, 2010).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605470283
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1264
  • Sales rank: 111,106
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Perspectives of Pediatric Nursing Chapter 2: Factors Influencing Child Health Chapter 3: Working with Families

Chapter 4: Growth and Development of the Newborn and Infant Chapter 5: Growth and Development of the Toddler Chapter 6: Growth and Development of the Preschooler Chapter 7: Growth and Development of the School-Age Child Chapter 8: Growth and Development of the Adolescent

Chapter 9: Health Supervision Chapter 10: Physical and Developmental Assessment Chapter 11: Nursing Care of the Hospitalized Child Chapter 12: Community and Home-Based Nursing Care Chapter 13: Nursing Care of the Child with Special Needs Chapter 14: Pediatric Variations in Nursing Procedures Chapter 15: Pain Management

Chapter 16: Nursing Care of the Child with an Infectious Disorder Chapter 17: Nursing Care of the Child with a Neurologic Disorder Chapter 18: Nursing Care of the Child with a Disorder of the Eyes or Ears Chapter 19: Nursing Care of the Child with a Respiratory Disorder Chapter 20: Nursing Care of the Child with a Cardiovascular Disorder Chapter 21: Nursing Care of the Child with a Gastrointestinal Disorder Chapter 22: Nursing Care of the Child with a Genitourinary Disorder Chapter 23: Nursing Care of the Child with a Neuromuscular Disorder Chapter 24: Nursing Care of the Child with a Musculoskeletal Disorder Chapter 25:Nursing Care of the Child with an Integumentary Disorder Chapter 26: Nursing Care of the Child with a Hematological Disorder Chapter 27: Nursing Care of the Child with an Immunologic Disorder Chapter 28: Nursing Care of the Child with an Endocrine Disorder Chapter 29: Nursing Care of the Child with a Neoplastic Disorder Chapter 30: Nursing Care of the Child with a Genetic Disorder Chapter 31: Nursing Care of the Child with a Mental Health Disorder Chapter 32: Nursing Care of the Child During a Pediatric Emergency

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