Fundamentals of Nursing: The Art and Science of Nursing Care / Edition 4

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Nursing is both an art and a science. It is a profession that uses specialized skills and knowledge to provide quality healthcare to patients in a variety of settings. FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING is based on the philosophy that nursing care is more than just procedures, and requires skill in four distinct categories: technical, cognitive, ethical/legal, and interpersonal. Quality nursing will effectively blend all four types of skills at once, resulting in holistic, superior care.

Revised to emphasize critical thinking, this Fifth Edition is the most engaging, student-friendly, and comprehensive fundamentals textbook for beginning nursing students. The unique, holistic "blended skills" approach to nursing care integrates technical, cognitive, ethical/legal, and interpersonal skills. Each Fifth Edition chapter opens with three real-world cases, which are used throughout the chapter as examples. Reflective Practice boxes written by Carol Taylor's students describe realistic situations and ask challenging questions. The updated coverage includes discussions of evidence-based practice and a new chapter on complementary and alternative modalities. A back-of-book CD-ROM has tutorials on NCLEX innovative items, and fluid and electrolyte balance.

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Editorial Reviews

Mary McCall Swint
This is an organized, attractively designed, hardbound fundamental textbook of nursing. The purpose is to provide healthcare providers with a holistic, diverse, scientific, technical base of knowledge with a commitment to interpersonal caring and accountability. It has been written for nurses, especially beginning nurses, to enhance their nursing practice in traditional and nontraditional healthcare settings. However, other healthcare students and advanced practice nurses could use the text as well. The book features organized units, color-coordinated charts and topical information, definitions of terms in the inside cover of the book, a holistic approach, care competencies, inclusion of diverse population groups, traditional and nontraditional settings, communication skills, related research, in-depth glossary, and updated references. This highly readable text presents the content logically and accurately. This excellent textbook is of higher quality than other current textbooks on fundamental nursing. Information has been written to provide the learner with a systematic, logical, and sequential format. Each chapter has an extended overview with objectives and key terms, key points, guidelines for care, and a bibliography. All these features enhance the beginning student's attention span and motivation to learn. There are no gaps in the written material. It would have been interesting to know what the nursing practice standards of nursing associations in other countries are. This textbook would be valuable to students.
A serious new entrant in the nursing textbook field for undergraduate students. It focuses on how nurses can work with clients to promote healthy physiologic and psychosocial responses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Reviewer: Mary Allen Carey, PhD (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: This is the sixth edition of a book that addresses all aspects of the fundamentals of nursing.
Purpose: The purpose is to maximize visual learning for students. This edition features a new art program and an integrated, cohesive, student-focused suite of multimedia products. Brand new icons direct students to free video clips and online activities.
Audience: Registered nurse students are the target audience.
Features: New concept maps walk students through the nursing process for selected case-study patients. The book maintains a holistic "blended skills" approach to nursing care and focuses on case-based learning and critical thinking. A CD-ROM includes video clips, skills checklists, chapter review questions, an NCLEX-RN alternate-format question tutorial, and a Spanish-English audio glossary. A companion online course is available free with purchase of the book.
Assessment: The quality of this book is excellent. The layout and use of color enhances the presentation of the content.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781722735
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1424

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction to nursing 5
Ch. 2 Health of the individual, family, and community 23
Ch. 3 Cultural diversity 37
Ch. 4 Health and illness 57
Ch. 5 Theory, research, and evidence-based practice 73
Ch. 6 Values, ethics, and advocacy 89
Ch. 7 Legal implications of nursing 113
Ch. 8 Healthcare delivery systems 143
Ch. 9 Continuity of care 161
Ch. 10 Home healthcare 177
Ch. 11 Blended skills and critical thinking throughout the nursing process 195
Ch. 12 Assessing 229
Ch. 13 Diagnosing 251
Ch. 14 Outcome identification and planning 273
Ch. 15 Implementing 297
Ch. 16 Evaluating 317
Ch. 17 Documenting, reporting and conferring 335
Ch. 18 Development concepts 371
Ch. 19 Conception through young adult 387
Ch. 20 The aging adult 417
Ch. 21 Communicator 441
Ch. 22 Teacher and counselor 473
Ch. 23 Leader and manager 501
Ch. 24 Vital signs 521
Ch. 25 Health assessment 559
Ch. 26 Safety, security, and emergency preparedness 613
Ch. 27 Asepsis and infection control 649
Ch. 28 Complementary and alternative modalities 685
Ch. 29 Medications 705
Ch. 30 Perioperative nursing 779
Ch. 31 Self-concept 819
Ch. 32 Stress and adaptation 847
Ch. 33 Loss, grief, and dying 871
Ch. 34 Sensory stimulation 903
Ch. 35 Sexuality 929
Ch. 36 Spirituality 971
Ch. 37 Hygiene 1003
Ch. 38 Skin integrity and wound care 1055
Ch. 39 Activity 1101
Ch. 40 Rest and sleep 1167
Ch. 41 Comfort 1193
Ch. 42 Nutrition 1233
Ch. 43 Urinary elimination 1287
Ch. 44 Bowel elimination 1335
Ch. 45 Oxygenation 1375
Ch. 46 Fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance 1425
App. A Equivalents 1487
App. B Normal adult laboratory values 1489
App. C Canadian Nurses Association standards for nursing practice 1495
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