Fundamentals of Nursing : The Art and Science of Nursing Care

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A comprehensive, introductory textbook, Fundamentals of Nursing presents basic professional concepts, clinical concepts, and clinical skills with step-by-step illustrated procedures. The text's striking, full-color visual material holds students' interest, and the clear, readable writing style enhances understanding. Throughout, it takes a holistic approach toward nursing care by consistently emphasizing four types of "blended skills" of nursing that students must master: technical, cognitive, ethical/legal, and interpersonal. Special features include: Promoting Health displays; Applying Learning to Practice exercises; Through the Eyes of a Student/Patient/Family Caregiver; and Thinking Critically displays. New to the Fourth Edition are the chapters Wound Care and Blended Skills and Critical Thinking Throughout the Nursing Process, and updated content on timely topics, such as latex allergies, needleless systems, conscious sedation, pain, and more. Detailed procedure guidelines now include home care and lifespan considerations.

Appropriate for: Nursing Students.

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Reviewer: Betsy Frank, RN, PhD (Indiana State University School of Nursing)
Description:This nursing fundamentals book begins each chapter with situations that ask students to identify blended skills (cognitive, technical, interpersonal, and ethical/legal skills) needed to solve patient care problems. Three units have end of chapter multiple choice questions. Critical thinking exercises and chapter objectives at the end of all chapters help students to review content. The prior edition was published in 1997.
Purpose:The authors state that this book promotes the art and science of nursing by asking students to focus on the blended skills necessary to serve individual patients and the public in what has become a business, rather than care oriented healthcare system. The organization of this book helps to achieve this important goal.
Audience:This book is written for registered nurse students enrolled in fundamentals of nursing courses. Both ADN and BSN students could use this book, but the depth seems more appropriate for ADN students.
Features:The authors begin this book with a variety of topics central to giving nursing care such as community based care, the nursing process, and promoting health across the lifespan. Unique features include quotes from students regarding their learning about nursing care and quotes from patients about their response to nursing care. Some chapters have text boxes for "Research in Nursing: Making a Difference." All chapters have critical thinking exercises. The authors show how the blended skills are performed in acute and community-based settings. One shortcoming is that somebasic information is out of date. For instance one of the accreditation bodies for nursing education was misnamed and biographical data on a nursing leader did not reflect that this person had died several years before this edition was published. Another shortcoming is that some of the early chapters in the book list NANDA nursing diagnoses before the in depth discussion of nursing process.
Assessment:This is an excellent book for associate degree students, but faculty in baccalaureate programs would want to provide additional information when presenting topics. A rapidly changing healthcare system justifies any new edition of a fundamentals of nursing book and this book is no exception.
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781782845
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Edition description: Includes DVD
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 3.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit I Foundations of Nursing Practice 2
1 Introduction to Nursing 5
2 Health of the Individual, Family, and Community 23
3 Culture and Ethnicity 35
4 Health and Illness 55
5 Theoretical Base for Nursing Practice 67
6 Values and Ethics in Nursing 79
7 Legal Implications of Nursing 97
Unit II Promoting Health Across the Life Span 116
8 Development Concepts 119
9 Conception Through Young Adult 133
10 The Aging Adult 155
Unit III Community-Based Settings for Patient Care 172
11 Community-Based Healthcare 175
12 Continuity of Care 189
13 Home Healthcare 201
Unit IV The Nursing Process 212
14 Blended Skills and Critical Thinking Throughout the Nursing Process 215
15 Assessing 237
16 Diagnosing 255
17 Planning 271
18 Implementing 289
19 Evaluating 303
20 Documenting, Reporting, and Conferring 317
Unit V Roles Basic to Nursing Care 344
21 Communicator 347
22 Teacher and Counselor 373
23 Leader, Researcher, and Advocate 395
Unit VI Actions Basic to Nursing Care 414
24 Vital Signs 417
25 Health Assessment 455
26 Safety 505
27 Asepsis 533
28 Medications 567
29 Perioperative Nursing 639
Unit VII Promoting Healthy Psychosocial Responses 674
30 Self-Concept 677
31 Stress and Adaptation 701
32 Loss, Grief, and Dying 725
33 Sensory Stimulation 755
34 Sexuality 779
35 Spirituality 817
Unit VIII Promoting Healthy Physiologic Responses 840
36 Hygiene 843
37 Skin Integrity and Wound Care 899
38 Activity 947
39 Rest and Sleep 1013
40 Comfort 1037
41 Nutrition 1079
42 Urinary Elimination 1131
43 Bowel Elimination 1181
44 Oxygenation 1221
45 Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance 1271
Appendix A: Equivalents 1333
Appendix B: Normal Adult Values 1335
Glossary 1343
Index 1355
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    I gave this a one star because 0 was not allowed. I looked up 7th edition. One expects that if you list something as 7th everywhere on the listing, the buyer would get a 7th edition. Not a note with the book telling you the book is the same (when by my professor's admissions) it is not! I contacted the seller and they ignored me. DO NOT BUY FROM THIS GUY!!!! HE IS A CHEAT!

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