Nursing Care of Children: Principles and Practice / Edition 4

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Master the art of caring for children with most effective, efficient, and affordable title on pediatric nursing care. Taking on a family focus, this student-friendly text teaches growth, development, and information on the major body system alterations. Plus, dramatically streamlined content and new learning tools make this new edition even more tailored to your learning needs.

  • Expert reviews of chapter content ensure all chapters include current practices, terms, and updated information.
  • Health Promotion boxes summarize information from the American Academy of Pediatrics to teach you how to perform a comprehensive assessment of well infants and children at various ages.
  • Illustrated Procedure boxes include step-by-step instructions for common nursing tasks.
  • Pathophysiology boxes explain changes in physiology that occur in a variety of diseases and disorders in children.
  • Nursing process highlighted in nursing care plans and in-text discussions.
  • Clinical Reference pages provide students with easy-to-find reference sections, including basic anatomy and physiology, pediatric differences, related laboratory and diagnostic tests, and commonly prescribed medications.
  • Safety Alert boxes highlight patient safety as part of the QSEN initiative for better outcomes of nursing care.
  • Updated Evidence-Based Practice boxes (formerly Using Research to Improve Practice) assist you in determining best practices in your future care of children.
  • Patient-Centered Care boxes guide you in teaching the parents and child about self-care in the home and follow-up care in community-based health care settings.
  • Streamlined Nursing Care Plans have been reformatted to make them easier to read and use.
  • Updated photos throughout the book keep the text up-to-date and visually appealing.
  • Key concepts are highlighted in the book and their definitions are provided in a glossary.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Lisa C Corso, BSN (University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is an update of a general pediatric nursing textbook previously published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the nursing skills and knowledge needed to care for a spectrum of pediatric healthcare problems. A comprehensive pediatric nursing textbook will always be necessary for nursing programs, and this book meets that need.
Audience: The authors state that the book is written in easy to read terms to accommodate students for whom English is a second language, and that it is geared toward shorter, focused nursing courses. However, I did not find the language very different from other textbooks for nursing students, although there are some additional explanations. S. R. James is associate professor in nursing and J. W. Ashwill is director of undergrad services at University of Texas Arlington School of Nursing.
Features: The book covers normal growth and development, special considerations for working with pediatrics, and nursing care of children with body system alterations. Each section includes highlights, important information for parents/families, care plans, and a reference/reading list. Illustrations and color pictures are used effectively. The tables that spell out the differences between pediatric and adult pathophysiology, and the Critical to Remember boxes are very useful. The CD that comes with the book contains video clips, animations, and NCLEX review questions to round out the material. The video clips are very basic, but the animations provide useful visual explanations of concepts and conditions.
Assessment: Another major textbook in this area, Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children, 8th edition, Hockenberry and Wilson (Elsevier, 2007), has more in-depth pathophysiology along with a more conceptual focus. The authors of this book have expanded the legal, ethical, and cultural sections, and include more information focusing on caring for pediatric clients in community settings. They also include occasional sections that focus on using research to improve practice, which may help demonstrate how to use evidence in practice. Given that the previous version is five years old, this update is justified.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455703661
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 4/9/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 880
  • Sales rank: 206,881
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Table of Contents


1: Introduction to Nursing Care of Children


2: Family-Centered Nursing Care

3: Communicating with Children and Families

4: Health Promotion for the Developing Child

5: Health Promotion for the Infant

6: Health Promotion During Early Childhood

7: Health Promotion for the School Age Child

8: Health Promotion for the Adolescent


9: Physical Assessment of Children

10: Emergency Care of the Child

11: The Ill Child in the Hospital and Other Care Settings

12: The Child With a Chronic Condition or Terminal Illness

13: Principles and Procedures for Nursing Care of Children

14: Medication Administration and Safety for Infants and Children

15: Pain Management for Children


16: The Child with a Fluid and Electrolyte Alteration

17: The Child with an Infectious Disease

18: The Child with an Immunologic Alteration

19: The Child With a Gastrointestinal Alteration

20: The Child With a Genitourinary Alteration

21: This Child with a Respiratory Alteration

22: The Child With a Cardiovascular Alteration

23: The Child With a Hematologic Alteration

24: The Child with Cancer

25: The Child with Major Alterations in Tissue Integrity

26: The Child With a Musculoskeletal Alteration

27: The Child With an Endocrine or Metabolic Alteration

28: The Child with an Neurologic Alteration

29: Problems in Children and Families

30: The Child With a Developmental Disability

31: The Child with a Sensory Alteration


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