Understanding Medical-Surgical Nursing / Edition 4

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Overview

Challenge your students to think critically while learning real-world nursing care. New chapters, new features, and new content fill the pages from cover to cover while a bonus CD-ROM in every book, the companion Student Workbook, and a wealth of resources online at DavisPlus create a true multi-media learning experience.
The 4th Edition of this groundbreaking textbook continues to teach the why of medical-surgical nursing more effectively than any other resource in the field. It presents complex issues in a clear and easy-to-understand manner that encourages students to think critically while applying theory to clinical practice.

"...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: 9780803622197
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 10/30/2010
  • Edition description: Book Only
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1536
  • Sales rank: 273,274
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Table of Contents


  1. Understanding Health Care Issues



  1. Critical Thinking and the Nursing Process

  2. Evidence Based Practice

  3. Issues in Nursing Practice

  4. Cultural Influences on Nursing Care

  5. Complementary and Alternative Modalities



  1. Understanding Health and Illness



  1. Nursing Care of Patients with Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Imbalances

  2. Nursing Care of Patients Receiving Intravenous Therapy

  3. Nursing Care of Patients with Infections

  4. Nursing Care of Patients in Shock

  5. Nursing Care of Patients in Pain

  6. Nursing Care of Patients with Cancer

  7. Nursing Care of Patients Having Surgery

  8. Nursing Care of Patients with Emergent Conditions and Disaster/Bioterrorism Response



  1. Understanding Lifespan Influences on Health and Illness



  1. Development Considerations in the Nursing Care of Adults

  2. Nursing Care of Older Adult Patients

  3. Nursing Care of Patients at Home

  4. Nursing Care of Patients at the End of Life



  1. Understanding the Immune System



  1. Immune System Function, Assessment and Therapeutic Measures

  2. Nursing Care of Patients with Immune Disorders

  3. Nursing Care of Patients with HIV Disease and AIDS


  1. Understanding the Cardiovascular System



  1. Cardiovascular System Function, Assessment and Therapeutic Measures

  2. Nursing Care of Patients with Hypertension

  3. Nursing Care of Patients with Valvular, Inflammatory, and Infectious Cardiac or Venous Disorders

  4. Nursing Care of Patients with Occlusive Cardiovascular Disorders

  5. Nursing Care of Patients with Cardiac Dysrhythmias

  6. Nursing Care of Patients with Heart Failure



  1. Understanding the Hematologic and Lymphatic Systems



  1. Hematologic and Lymphatic System Function, Assessment, and Therapeutic Measures

  2. Nursing Care of Patients with Hematologic and Lymphatic Disorders



  1. Understanding the Respiratory System



  1. Respiratory System Function and Assessment, and Therapeutic Measures

  2. Nursing Care of Patients with Upper Respiratory Tract Disorders

  3. Nursing Care of Patients with Lower Respiratory Tract Disorders



  1. Understanding the Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary, and Pancreatic System



  1. Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary, and Pancreatic Systems Function, Assessment and Therapeutic Measures

  2. Nursing Care of Patients with Upper Gastrointestinal Disorders

  3. Nursing Care of Patients with Lower Gastrointestinal Disorders

  4. Nursing Care of Patients with Liver, Gallbladder and Pancreatic Disorders


  1. Understanding the Urinary System



  1. Urinary System Function, Assessment, and Therapeutic Measures

  2. Nursing Care of Patients with Disorders of the Urinary Tract



  1. Understanding the Endocrine System



  1. Endocrine System Function and Assessment

  2. Nursing Care of Patients with Endocrine Disorders

  3. Nursing Care of Patients with Disorders of the Endocrine Pancreas



  1. Understanding the Genitourinary and Reproductive System



  1. Genitourinary and Reproductive System Function and Assessment

  2. Nursing Care of Female Patients with Reproductive System Disorders

  3. Nursing Care of Male Patients with Genitourinary Disorders

  4. Nursing Care of Patients with Sexually Transmitted Diseases



  1. Understanding the Musculoskeletal System



  1. Musculoskeletal System Function and Assessment

  2. Nursing Care of Patients with Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders


  1. Understanding the Neurological System



  1. Neurological System Function, Assessment, and Therapeutic Measures

  2. Nursing Care of Patients with Central Nervous System Disorders

  3. Nursing Care of Patients with Cerebrovascular Disorders

  4. Nursing Care of Patients with Peripheral Nervous System Disorders



  1. Understanding the Sensory System



  1. Sensory System Function, Assessment, and Therapeutic Measures: Vision And Hearing

  2. Nursing Care of Patients with Sensory Disorders - Vision and Hearing



  1. Understanding the Integumentary System



  1. Integumentary System Function, Assessment and Therapeutic Measures

  2. Nursing Care of Patients with Skin Disorders

  3. Nursing Care of Patients with Burns



  1. Understanding Mental Health Care



  1. Mental Health Function, Assessment, and Therapeutic Measures

  2. Nursing Care of Patients with Mental Health Disorders

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