Virtual Clinical Excursions for Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems / Edition 1

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Introducing VIRTUAL CLINICAL EXCURSIONS a new breed of workbook that is now a critical component of several of Mosby and W.B. Saunders' most prominent nursing texts. This workbook contains an extraordinary new CD-ROM featuring a virtual hospital setting with five highly individual patients. Users can access and review their charts, lab data, and medication administration records, assess them, monitor daily changes when their nurses take their vital signs and perform a variety of tests, formulate nursing diagnoses, and plan interventions. Each workbook lesson has a reading assignment from Lewis, Heitkemper & Dirksen: Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems, 5th Edition, as well as activities that involve observing and interacting with the patients in the virtual hospital. The result is a uniquely "hands-on" way to master essential nursing knowledge!

Workbook and CD-ROM

PC: Windows 95/98/NT 4SP5/2000 IBM-compatible computer with a Pentium II Processor or equivalent and a minimum processing speed of 300 MHz 96 MB RAM 800x600 screen size Thousands of colors 100 MB hard drive space 12x CD-ROM drive Soundblaster 16 sound card compatible Stereo speakers or headphones Macintosh: G3 or higher with a minimum processing speed of 300 MHz OS 9.04 or higher 96 MB RAM 800x600 screen size Thousands of colors 100 MB hard drive space 12x CD-ROM drive Stereo speakers or headphones

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Joyce L. Melius, MSN, RN, CCRN, CS (Southwestern Adventist University)
Description: This is a workbook to supplement Lewis et al.'s Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems, 5th edition (Mosby, 2000). It contains CD-ROMs with a virtual hospital simulating complex patient care situations encompasing a variety of cultures, diagnoses, and scenarios.
Purpose: The purpose of presenting the material in this format is to simulate actual patient care and the decision making process involved in the care. Presenting the material in the virtual format adds to the reality of the situations. Walking down the hallway into the room and deciding what to do enhances the learning experience. This format is innovative and is the next natural step in development of nursing software. This format is a step in the right direction for new clinical software.
Audience: This is intended for student nurses. The virtual clinical excursions are supplements for nursing textbooks. If nursing students use these workbooks they will gain an excellent understanding of the content and concepts in the textbook. The authors are excellent authorities in the subjects discussed.
Features: The material covered in this workbook and on the CD-ROMs is correlated with the textbook it supplements. The chapters guide the student through a in-depth study of the systems. The student is directed to the virtual patient and patient unit for data gathering, including reviewing the patient chart, assessment and interview of the patient, documentation on the patient record, patient report, medication administration. The virtual hospital is 3-dimensional. The nurse has to report to the supervisor, get a patient assignment and then has to navigate to the patient room and to the nurses' station. The nurse can access the patient chart and look up information and documentation on what was done. Patient physical assessment, vital signs, psychosocial assessment, and other areas of assessement are demonstrated with excellent videos. The highlights of the program are the excellent video presentations of the various components of the patient processes. The 3-D hospital is a refreshing new way to present case studies. The shortcomings of the product are that the program is complex and many students and teachers alike aren't good at simple computer programs and the navigation of the hsopital by a novice computer person would make them quit early and not accomplish anything. The CDs are easy to install, but if you don't have good Internet access it could be difficult to access all the information.
Assessment: I enjoyed navigating the virtual hospital. The software and the workbook are useful tools to supplement the textbook. However, this product may too difficult for the user who isn't virtual literate or doesn't have adequate computer access. The product is innovative and covers a wide variety of clinical situations with simulations of actual patient care. This product is a useful addition to nursing teaching and learning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323017343
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 9/1/1901
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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