Readers will love this book's organization and clear presentation of patient care, with its consistent format and multiple methodologies—narrative text, boxes, tables, graphics, photographs. It is built around functional health patterns, with a focus on developing decision-making skills through an abundance of case studies and examples. Includes new topics such as diseases specific to bioterrorism, information on diversity, and focused assessments with information specific to the older adult. Covers new concepts such as health promotion, home care with resources, and complementary therapies. Features "Applying the Nursing Process: A Case Study Approach to the Nursing Process," in which a Case Study is presented for each disease process and the reader is given an outline of the nursing process actions. Offers a comprehensive technology package to help prepare readers for the computerized NCLEX exam; includes a Companion Website and Study Wizard CD-ROM. The perfect reference for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in acute and home care settings.