Just the Facts: A Pocket Guide to Basic Nursing / Edition 4

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Just the Facts provides beginning students with all the facts and figures they need to know for their early clinical experiences. It's a portable, concise reference that contains a wealth of information, ranging from definitions and abbreviations to dosage calculations and lab values. It's a valuable tool that students will rely on throughout their nursing career.
  • Content presented in tabular, list and outline format provides quick and easy retrieval.
  • Includes basic facts and figures students need for early clinical experiences.
  • Basic assessment by body system allows for ease in locating specific information.
  • Small, portable size enhances utility for students.
  • Chapter outlines with corresponding page numbers provide quick, easy access to information.
  • English-to-Spanish Translation Guide assists students posing general medical questions to Spanish-speaking patients.
  • Thoroughly updated information reflects current practice:.
    • Includes new 2007 Pressure Ulcer Staging Guidelines from the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.
    • Includes new guidelines for restraint and bedrail use.
    • Includes current NANDA, NIC, and NOC.
    • Includes new abbreviation guidelines from The Joint Commission.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Patrice Jones, RN, MSN (Indiana State University)
Description: This is a compilation of facts, numbers, abbreviations, and other hard-to-memorize information that is needed by nursing students caring for adult clients. It is designed to be a quick reference of essential information for students as they provide care in the clinical setting. The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a portable, quick reference of essential information necessary to know how to provide safe and accurate adult health care. This is an appropriate objective and the book meets the objective very well.
Audience: The book is written for nursing students at any level in their education. The author's credentials are indicative of expertise in this content area, as are the credentials of the listed reviewers of the book.
Features: The book's 19 chapters cover a variety of topics such as terminology and abbreviations, medication administration, documentation, tests and procedures, and physical assessment of body systems. There is an index for quick referencing. Each chapter lists an overview of specific information covered with page numbers and a reference list for more in-depth study. The book is designed to be a quick reference and the chapters provide easy access to essential information. Written information is enhanced with charts, figures or black-and-white illustrations as appropriate. There is even an English-to-Spanish translation guide for key medical questions. The book can easily fit into a pocket, which makes it useful in the clinical setting.
Assessment: The book provides a service to nursing students in allowing quick and easy access to essential information in the clinical setting. It is well organized and is an excellent clinical resource.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323055208
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/7/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,412,369
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Health Care Terminology

2. Medications: Calculations and Administration

3. Infection Control

4. Basic Nursing Assessments

5. Documentation

6. Integumentary System

7. Skeletal System

8. Muscular System

9. Nervous System

10. Circulatory System

11. Respiratory System

12. Endocrine System

13. Digestive System

14. Urinary System

15. Reproductive System

16. Tests and Procedures

17. Surgical Nursing Care

18. Client Safety

19. Care of the Dying

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