Fundamentals of Nursing: The Art and Science of Nursing Care / Edition 7

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This best-selling, comprehensive fundamentals textbook for beginning nursing students challenges students to develop the blended skills they will need to care for patients in a variety of settings. The book's holistic perspective shows students how nursing care involves more than performing procedures. With a case-based approach to learning, the book offers numerous examples and opportunities for students to think critically. The Seventh Edition includes new features highlighting clinical questions and research, nursing advocacy, and health literacy, and also includes new information related to electronic medical records and documentation. 

With this textbook you'll find an integrated, cohesive, and student-focused suite of multimedia products to appeal to all types of learners, including a bound-in DVD-ROM and a companion website.

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.
From The Critics
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.
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 (

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781793834
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 11/15/2010
  • Edition description: North American Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 1776
  • Sales rank: 95,607
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 2.60 (d)

Table of Contents


  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Nursing
  • Chapter 2: Cultural Diversity
  • Chapter 3: Health and Illness
  • Chapter 4: Health of the Individual, Family, and Community
  • Chapter 5: Theory, Research, and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Chapter 6: Values, Ethics, and Advocacy
  • Chapter 7: Legal Implications


  • Chapter 8: Healthcare Delivery Systems
  • Chapter 9: Continuity of Care
  • Chapter 10: Home Healthcare


  • Chapter 11: Blended Skills and Critical Thinking Throughout the Nursing Process
  • Chapter 12: Assessing
  • Chapter 13: Diagnosing
  • Chapter 14: Outcome Identification and Planning
  • Chapter 15: Implementing
  • Chapter 16: Evaluating
  • Chapter 17: Documenting, Reporting, Conferring, and Using Informatics


  • Chapter 18: Developmental Concepts
  • Chapter 19: Conception through Young Adult
  • Chapter 20: The Aging Adult


  • Chapter 21: Communicator
  • Chapter 22: Teacher and Counselor
  • Chapter 23: Nurse Leader and Manager


  • Chapter 24: Vital Signs
  • Chapter 25: Health Assessment
  • Chapter 26: Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness
  • Chapter 27: Asepsis and Infection Control
  • Chapter 28: Complementary and Alternative Modalities
  • Chapter 29: Medications
  • Chapter 30: Perioperative Nursing


  • Chapter 31: Hygiene
  • Chapter 32: Skin Integrity and Wound Care
  • Chapter 33: Activity
  • Chapter 34: Rest and Sleep
  • Chapter 35: Comfort
  • Chapter 36: Nutrition
  • Chapter 37: Urinary Elimination
  • Chapter 38: Bowel Elimination
  • Chapter 39: Oxygenation
  • Chapter 40: Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance


  • Chapter 41: Self-Concept
  • Chapter 42: Stress and Adaptation
  • Chapter 43: Loss, Grief, and Dying
  • Chapter 44: Sensory Functioning
  • Chapter 45: Sexuality
  • Chapter 46: Spirituality

Appendix A: Equivalents

Appendix B: Normal Adult Laboratory Values



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