LPN to RN Transitions: Achieving Success in Your New Role / Edition 4

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Reentering the rigors of academic life is a monumental decision for any LPN or LVN returning to school, involving both personal and financial investment. This book serves as a guide to assist readers in successfully balancing career, school, and personal life while pursuing educational and professional goals. It leads the reader though a series of interactive exercises and develops a Personal Education Plan. The text supports the reader during this important transition, taking into consideration individual experience, needs, and degree program.

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Reviewer: Viki Hedderick, DEd, MSN, BSN (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania)
Description: The focus of this book is on preparing LPNs with changes in practice as they transition to the role of RN. It details the concrete or obvious differences in curriculum for LPN-RN programs as well as information on adaption and transition.
Purpose: The authors indicate the purpose is to provide readers with "useful tools to successfully balance career, school, and personal lives while pursuing their educational and professional goals." This book certainly fits a need for LPNs making a commitment to become RNs.
Audience: The intended audience is LPNs planning to become RNs. Noting that the financial and personal investment for such an endeavor is significant, the authors point out it is important to provide these individuals with the right tools for success.
Features: "This is a good quality book for nurses transitioning from LPN to RN. One shortcoming, however, is that this 2013 book uses a dated NANDA list (09-11). In addition, there are repeated references to LPN to RN in pursuit of an AD, although many LPNs select the BSN route. The authors may be selling the book short by addressing only AD, since this book is pertinent for those selecting the BSN option as well. "
Assessment: The information in this book is pertinent for an LPN contemplating becoming a RN and throughout the process. However, it also will be a great source of reference/reflection in the early years of practice as an RN. This book has longevity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609136918
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 1/2/2012
  • Edition description: Fourth
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 221,030
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Lifelong Learning: Returning to School

Chapter 2: Role Development and Transition

Chapter 3: Adapting to Change

Chapter 4: Transitions Throughout Nursing’s History

Chapter 5: Learning at the ADN Level

Chapter 6: Individualizing a Plan for Role Transition

Chapter 7: Test Success for the LPN: Challenge of NCLEX-RN Questions


Chapter 8: Practicing Within Regulatory Frameworks

Chapter 9: Critical Thinking and Clinical Judgment in Nursing


Chapter 10: The Nursing Process: Assessment and Caring Interventions

Chapter 11: The Nurse as Communicator

Chapter 12: The Nurse as Teacher

Chapter 13: Managing Unique Client Care

Chapter 14: Managing Time, Conflict, and the Nursing Environment

Chapter 15: Professional Responsibilities

Chapter 16: Legal Accountability

Chapter 17: Ethical Issues

Appendix A: Answers to “NCLEX-RN Might Ask” Questions

Appendix B: NANDA-Approved Nursing Diagnoses


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