Gerontological Nursing / Edition 8

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Eliopoulos provides students with the content they need, taking a holistic approach to gerontological nursing.  Updated for currency, the text works to ensure students are prepared for their careers with new real world application and care competencies to help guide work place decisions. With DocuCare availability, this new edition also connects textbook resources with clinical and simulation setting via supplementary resources.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Marquis D. Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing)
Description: This is the 5th edition of a gerontological nursing book that first appeared in 1979.
Purpose: The author hopes this edition will help to address the needs to "stay abreast of the ever-growing body of gerontological knowledge, refine practice, and to envision and test innovative practice models." (p. ix).
Audience: Both students and practitioners who provide competent, holistic care to older adults in a variety of service settings are identified as the target audience.
Features: This edition consists of 38 chapters organized into four units covering foundations of nursing an aging population, health and wellness, common geriatric conditions, and gerontological care issues. Each chapter includes chapter outlines, learning objectives, and critical thinking; key concepts underscoring critical information; nursing diagnosis highlights emphasizing practical caregiving goals and actions; points to ponder, a new feature that challenges readers to reflect on their own views, histories, and behaviors to gain insights into how these factors influence their caregiving attitudes and practices; complementary and alternative practices supplementing traditional practices; and resources helping readers obtain more information about a topic and locating sources of help for patients. The author states that core content has been updated, but more importantly, this edition emphasizes a holistic approach to nursing older adults.
Assessment: This is a very disappointing book. The content is presented in an overly simplistic manner that frequently distorts meaning. For example, "delirium alters the level of consciousness...," (p. 323). More accurately, delirium is characterized by an altered level of consciousness, it is not the cause of altered consciousness. Such distortions occur frequently. Guidelines for care are atheoretical. References are not always the best for a given topic, and critical thinking exercises do not challenge the reader. Given these flaws, this edition falls short of its hopes.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451172775
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Edition description: Eighth
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 102,288
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit I Foundations of Nursing an Aging Population
1 Framework for Gerontological Nursing 3
2 Facts About the Aging Population 13
3 Theories of Aging 21
4 Cultural Diversity 31
5 Life Transitions 41
6 Common Aging Changes 53
Unit II Health and Wellness
7 Facilitating Health, Wellness, and Self-Care 75
8 Ventilation and Circulation 88
9 Nutrition 93
10 Excretion 105
11 Activity and Exercise 112
12 Sleep and Rest 123
13 Solitude and Connection 131
14 Safety 138
15 Environmental Considerations 148
16 Sexuality and Intimacy 160
17 Safe Medication Use 173
18 Immunity and Infectious Diseases 185
Unit III Common Geriatric Conditions
19 Cardiovascular Conditions 199
20 Respiratory Conditions 219
21 Gastrointestinal Conditions 230
22 Musculoskeletal Conditions 241
23 Genitourinary Conditions 258
24 Neurologic Conditions 2รค
25 Sensory Deficits 283
26 Dermatologic Conditions 300
27 Metabolic and Endocrine Conditions 307
28 Conditions Affecting Mood and Cognition 318
Unit IV Gerontological Care Issues
29 Living in Harmony With Chronic Conditions 347
30 Rehabilitative Care 359
31 Acute Conditions 378
32 Nursing in Long-Term Care Facilities 396
33 Family Caregiving 408
34 Death and Dying 418
35 Legal Aspects of Gerontological Nursing 434
36 Ethics of Caring 445
37 The Continuum of Services 452
38 Challenges of the Future 466
Index 471
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