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Overview

Focus: We use the nursing process to provide a unifying framework for the book. Within this framework we emphasize understanding, critical thinking, and application. We believe that the student who learns to think critically will be better able to apply information to new situations. Case studies appear throughout the chapters to foster critical thinking. These are followed by questions that require more than simple recall of material. Answers to these questions are included in the textbook to provide immediate feedback and to reinforce learning. Since illustrations enhance the understanding and readability of the text, we have included over 430 figures. Most of the artwork and photographs are original and specifically designed to support the text. Additional figures, tables, and boxed materials are used to clarify complex material.

Features of the textbook: Included in the textbook are items our students have found useful in our own LPN classrooms.

  • Chapter objectives
  • Review of anatomy and physiology at the beginning of each unit
  • New word pronunciation section at the beginning of each chapter
  • Information on the effects of aging on body systems and on the nursing care of older adults
  • Learning tips throughout the chapters
  • Word-building techniques
  • Comprehensive glossary of new words
  • Nursing care plans with geriatric considerations highlighted
  • Common laboratory and diagnostic tests
  • Brief pathophysiology for each illness
  • Boxed presentations on gerontological issues, therapeutic nutrition, ethical considerations, and cultural considerations
  • Hints for home health care providers
  • Critical thinking exercises throughout the chapters
  • Review questions at the end of each chapter

"...provides comprehensive coverage of the nursing care of medical-surgical disorders...includes case studies, word- building techniques, mnemonic devices, and pedagogical tools in each chapter."

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Reviewer: Penny Wolfe Moore, RNC, PhD (Southwestern Adventist University)
Description: This general medical-surgical book is written for the LVN/LPN nursing student. In its second edition, this book is very comprehensive and places an emphasis on explaining the "why" of things.
Purpose: The authors state they ". . .worked hard to provide a text written at an understandable level, with features that help students understand, apply, and practice the challenging content required to function as a practical/vocational nurse." These are excellent objectives and well met with this book.
Audience: The authors are specific about the audience: practical/vocational nursing students and their faculty. The book might also be an asset in the school library for reference. The authors are credible, but the list of contributors does not include nurses in bedside practice, which is something that always concerns me.
Features: The book relies heavily on the disease system for content organization (i.e., care of patients with cancer etc.). Other chapters address critical thinking, the nursing process, ethical and legal issues, and cultural influences plus more. Some of the best features include the study questions at the beginning of each chapter, the color illustrations, and summary tables. The inclusion of the "whys" make it much like books used for RN education. Is that a shortcoming? It depends upon your approach.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. The color illustrations and photographs add to its value. New to this edition are chapters on alternative therapies, AIDS, patient perspectives (written by patients), and Web links for further study. Supplemental materials available include a student workbook, an instructor's guide, and an expanded computerized test bank.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803610392
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1168

Table of Contents

Unit 1 Understanding Health Care Issues 1
1 Critical Thinking and the Nursing Process 3
2 Ethical and Legal Issues for Nursing 11
3 Cultural Influences on Nursing 22
4 Alternative and Complementary Therapies 35
Unit 2 Understanding Health and Illness 43
5 Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance and Imbalance 45
6 Nursing Care of Patients Receiving Intravenous Therapy 61
7 Nursing Care of Patients with Infections 75
8 Nursing Care of Patients in Shock 92
9 Nursing Care of Patients in Pain 101
10 Nursing Care of Patients with Cancer 119
11 Nursing Care of Patients Having Surgery 145
12 Nursing Care of Patients with Emergent Conditions 174
Unit 3 Understanding Life Span Influences on Health and Illness 195
13 Influences on Health and Illness 197
14 Nursing Care of Elderly Patients 209
Unit 4 Understanding the Cardiovascular System 225
15 Cardiovascular System Function, Assessment, and Therapeutic Measures 227
16 Nursing Care of Patients with Hypertension 250
17 Nursing Care of Patients with Inflammatory and Infectious Cardiovascular Disorders 260
18 Nursing Care of Patients with Occlusive Cardiovascular Disorders 275
19 Nursing Care of Patients with Cardiac Val Disorders 297
20 Nursing Care of Patients with Cardiac Dysrhythmias 306
21 Nursing Care of Patients with Heart Failure 326
22 Nursing Care of Patients Undergoing Cardiovascular Surgery 343
Unit 5 Understanding the Hematopoietic and Lymphatic Systems 363
23 Hematopoietic and Lymphatic System Function, Assessment, and Therapeutic Measures 365
24 Nursing Care of Patients with Hematopoietic Disorders 375
25 Nursing Care of Patients with Lymphatic Disorders 394
Unit 6 Understanding the Respiratory System 401
26 Respiratory System Function and Assessment 403
27 Nursing Care of Patients with Upper Respiratory Tract Disorders 428
28 Nursing Care of Patients with Lower Respiratory Tract Disorders 439
Unit 7 Understanding the Gastrointestinal System 471
29 Gastrointestinal System Function, Assessment, and Therapeutic Measures 473
30 Nursing Care of Patients with Upper Gastrointestinal Disorders 490
31 Nursing Care of Patients with Lower Gastrointestinal Disorders 505
Unit 8 Understanding the Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas 533
32 Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas Functions and Assessment 535
33 Nursing Care of Patients with Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreatic Disorders 544
Unit 9 Understanding the Renal and Urinary System 571
34 Urinary System Function, Assessment, and Therapeutic Measures 573
35 Nursing Care of Patients with Disorders of the Urinary Tract 588
Unit 10 Understanding the Endocrine System 613
36 Endocrine System Function and Assessment 615
37 Nursing Care of Patients with Endocrine Disorders 625
38 Nursing Care of Patients with Disorders of the Endocrine Pancreas 645
Unit 11 Understanding the Genitourinary and Reproductive System 667
39 Genitourinary and Reproductive System Function and Assessment 669
40 Nursing Care of Women with Reproductive System Disorders 685
41 Nursing Care of Male Patients with Genitourinary Disorders 715
42 Nursing Care of Patients with Sexually Transmitted Diseases 733
Unit 12 Understanding the Musculoskeletal System 747
43 Musculoskeletal Function and Assessment 749
44 Nursing Care of Patients with Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders 762
Unit 13 Understanding the Neurological System 801
45 Neurological Function, Assessment, and Therapeutic Measures 803
46 Nursing Care of Patients with Central Nervous System Disorders 823
47 Nursing Care of Patients with Peripheral Nervous System Disorders 873
Unit 14 Understanding the Sensory System 885
48 Sensory System Function, Assessment, and Therapeutic Measures: Vision and Hearing 887
49 Nursing Care of Patients with Sensory Disorders: Vision and Hearing 903
Unit 15 Understanding the Integumentary System 935
50 Integumentary Function, Assessment, and Therapeutic Measures 937
51 Nursing Care of Patients with Skin Disorders and Burns 949
Unit 16 Understanding the Immune System 985
52 Immune System Function, Assessment, and Therapeutic Measures 987
53 Nursing Care of Patients with Immune Disorders 998
54 Nursing Care of Patients with HIV Disease and AIDS 1008
55 Nursing Care of Patients with Mental Health Disorders 1026
App. A North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) Nursing Diagnoses 1049
App. B Normal Reference Laboratory Values 1051
App. C: Answers to Review Questions 1055
App. D: Medical Abbreviations 1057
App. E: Prefixes, Suffixes, and Combining Forms 1059
Glossary 1063
Index 1085
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