Fundamentals of Nursing: Human Health and Function / Edition 7

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This exciting revision emphasizes safety, communication and critical thinking as important hallmarks for the beginning nursing student. Chapters open with a case study and include critical thinking questions, Apply Your Knowledge Boxes, and Ethical-Legal Boxes to build students’ decision-making abilities and clinical judgment. Collaborating with the Healthcare Team Boxes and Patient Teaching Boxes demonstrate the importance of communication in these clinical scenarios. A new streamlined approach, updated design, and additional NCLEX focus ensure that your students are getting the coverage they need to complete their nursing program and to apply nursing content in real-world practice.

The book contains predominantly color illustrations, with some black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Ola Houston Fox
This second edition fundamentals textbook contains five new chapters addressing current trends in health care: community-based nursing and continuity of care, critical thinking outcome identification and planning, and IV therapy. The purpose is to provide broad coverage of basic nursing concepts, theories, and skills. The book is intended for beginning nursing students. The book features full color photos, six-step nursing process, clinical vignettes, and critical thinking challenges at the end of each chapter. It also introduces collaborative care plans and critical pathways. A computer disc is included with approximately 350 questions in NCLEX format. This is an excellent textbook for beginning nursing students to build a solid foundation for professional nursing practice. The overall design easy to follow. The book emphasizes nursing research and critical thinking and includes lifespan and home care modifications to assist the student to care for patients in all environments. It is appropriate for individual and nursing education library purchase.
Patrice Jones
This is an introduction to the nursing profession that is designed for the entry level nursing student. Basic nursing concepts and skills essential for the fundamental nursing student are presented to build upon in future courses. The purpose is to present the essential concepts and skills to help students build a solid foundation for professional nursing practice by providing them with a knowledge base to assess a client's ability to function and to intervene as necessary to maximize a client's function. These are appropriate objectives for the beginning nursing student who needs a strong base upon which to build in advanced nursing classes. The editors' objectives are satisfactorily met. The book is written for the student entering the nursing profession. The editors' credentials are indicative of expertise in this content area. The contributors listed also have credentials which indicate expertise in the content areas. Basic concepts essential for the entry level nursing student are covered. Integrated into the appropriate content areas are the basic nursing skills the student will use to provide competent nursing care to clients. Each chapter begins with key terms, learning objectives, and a critical thinking activity. Each chapter ends with a summary of key concepts and a reference list. Each chapter contains color tables and figures to highlight key points. Specific nursing skills are described step by step with rationale for each step and color illustrations of the steps of the skills. The content is easy to read and to comprehend. There are a few areas that could be covered in a little more depth. The overall quality of the book is very good and it would be a usefultool for introducing entry level nursing students to basic nursing concepts and skills. It compares favorably to other fundamental nursing textbooks.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Mary Allen Carey, PhD (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: This book focuses on basic nursing skills with a strong emphasis on critical thinking.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the fundamental skills of nursing. A study guide book and procedure checklists book are also available separately.
Audience: Students studying to become registered nurses are the intended audience.
Features: The book is organized into two major sections that cover the delivery of nursing, and human function and clinical nursing therapeutics. All aspects of clinical practice and the role of the professional nurse as manager of care are addressed in 1,562 pages under the umbrella of critical thinking.
Assessment: This is a high quality textbook. The presentation is enhanced by clinical vignettes followed by critical thinking questions.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605477282
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 2/27/2012
  • Edition description: Seventh, North American Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 1440
  • Sales rank: 128,549
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit 1 The delivery of nursing 3
Ch. 1 The changing face of healthcare 3
Ch. 2 Community-based nursing and continuity of care 18
Unit 2 Concepts essential for professional nursing 36
Ch. 3 The profession of nursing 36
Ch. 4 Nursing theory and conceptual frameworks 53
Ch. 5 Values 68
Ch. 6 Ethical and legal concerns 87
Ch. 7 Nurse leader and manager 111
Ch. 8 Nursing research : evidence-based care 123
Unit 3 The nursing process : framework for clinical nursing therapeutics 142
Ch. 9 Nursing process : foundation for practice 142
Ch. 10 Nursing assessment 156
Ch. 11 Nursing diagnosis 170
Ch. 12 Outcome identification and planning 192
Ch. 13 Implementation and evaluation 207
Ch. 14 Critical thinking 220
Ch. 15 Communication of the nursing process : documenting and reporting 235
Unit 4 Concepts essential for human functioning and nursing management 258
Ch. 16 Health and wellness 258
Ch. 17 Complementary and alternative medicine 269
Ch. 18 Lifespan development 284
Ch. 19 The older adult 312
Ch. 20 Individual, family, and community 329
Ch. 21 Culture and ethnicity 346
Ch. 22 Communication : the nurse-client relationship 364
Ch. 23 Caring for the difficult client 385
Ch. 24 Client education 397
Ch. 25 Care management 421
Unit 5 Essential assessment components 434
Ch. 26 Health assessment of human function 434
Ch. 27 Vital sign assessment 483
Unit 6 Selected clinical nursing therapeutics 514
Ch. 28 Asepsis and infection control 514
Ch. 29 Medication administration 546
Ch. 30 Intravenous therapy 604
Ch. 31 Perioperative nursing 640
Unit 7 Health perception and health management 670
Ch. 32 Safety 670
Ch. 33 Health maintenance 702
Unit 8 Activity and exercise 726
Ch. 34 Self-care and hygiene 726
Ch. 35 Mobility and body mechanics 771
Ch. 36 Oxygenation : respiratory function 822
Ch. 37 Oxygenation : cardiovascular function 876
Unit 9 Nutrition and metabolism 916
Ch. 38 Fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance 916
Ch. 39 Nutrition 950
Ch. 40 Skin integrity and wound healing 1002
Ch. 41 The body's defense against infection 1041
Unit 10 Elimination 1076
Ch. 42 Urinary elimination 1076
Ch. 43 Bowel elimination 1114
Unit 11 Sleep and rest 1154
Ch. 44 Sleep and rest 1154
Unit 12 Cognition and perception 1176
Ch. 45 Pain perception and management 1176
Ch. 46 Sensory perception 1211
Ch. 47 Cognitive processes 1232
Unit 13 Self-perception and self-concept 1266
Ch. 48 Self-concept 1266
Unit 14 Roles and relationships 1288
Ch. 49 Families and their relationships 1288
Ch. 50 Loss and grieving 1314
Unit 15 Coping and stress management 1338
Ch. 51 Stress, coping, and adaptation 1338
Unit 16 Sexuality and reproduction 1362
Ch. 52 Human sexuality 1362
Unit 17 Values and beliefs 1390
Ch. 53 Spiritual health 1390
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