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Essentials for Nursing Practice / Edition 8

Taking all the expert nursing content and student-friendly features of Potter and Perry’s Fundamentals text and streamlining it into a shorter format, Essentials for Nursing Practice, 8th Edition is the perfect choice to help busy nursing students master all the fundamental nursing principles in less time! This new 8th edition contains the nursing principles, concepts, skills, and easy-to-follow format that nursing students have come to love about Potter and Perry’s Basic Nursing — all updated with the latest information, visuals, and learning features. Plus, this reinvigorated Essentials text is streamlined and re-designed to work better with the rest of your books. It also comes with a wide array of online learning tools (free with book purchase) to help you master the important nursing concepts and skills with ease.

  • Progressive case studies are introduced at the beginning of the chapter and are then used to tie together the care plan, concept map, clinical decision-making exercises, and QSEN scenarios.
  • Safety guidelines for nursing skills sections precede each skills section to help you focus on safe and effective skills performance.
  • Nursing skills at the end of each chapter feature full-bleed coloring on the edge of the page to make them easy to locate.
  • UNIQUE! Clinical Decision-Making exercises coordinate directly with the progressive case study presented in the chapter.
  • Focused Patient Assessment tables include actual questions to help you learn how to effectively phrase questions to patients as well as target physical assessment techniques.
  • Evaluation boxes bring everything together after nursing interventions have been implemented.
  • Patient Teaching boxes help you plan effective teaching by first identifying an outcome, then developing strategies on how to teach, and finally, implementing measures to evaluate learning.
  • Care of the Older Adult boxes highlight key aspects of nursing assessment and care for this growing population.

  • NEW! QSEN scenarios present a clinical situation followed by an open-ended question designed to help you understand and apply these core competencies.
  • NEW! Chapter on professional nursing includes information on QSEN, prioritization, delegation, and professional levels.
  • NEW! Completely revised review questions contain a strong mix of clinical thinking and application-level questions.
  • NEW! Content on the impact of exercise covers its influence on disease reduction, compassion fatigue, lateral violence, cyber bullying, social media implications, caregiver strain, and safe patient handling.
  • NEW! Expanded use of Evidence-Based Practice boxes include a PICO question, summary of the results of a research study, and a description of how the study has affected nursing practice — in every chapter.
  • NEW! Patient-Centered Care boxes address racial and ethnic diversity along with the cultural differences that impact socioeconomic status, values, geography, and religion. These will related to the chapter case studies when possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780323112024
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Publication date: 04/14/2014
Pages: 1248
Sales rank: 947,438
Product dimensions: 10.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Patricia A. Potter, RN, MSN, PhD, FAAN, Director of Research, Patient Care Services Barnes-Jewish Hospital St. Louis, MO

Anne Griffin Perry, RN, EdD, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Nursing, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

Patricia Stockert, RN, BSN, MS, PhD, President of the College, Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing, Peoria, IL

Amy Hall, RN, BSN, MS, PhD, CNE, Chair and White Family Endowed Professor of Nursing, Dunigan Family Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Evansville, Evansville, IN

Table of Contents


1.Professional Nursing NEW! 2.Health and Wellness 3.The Health Care Delivery System 4.Community-Based Nursing Practice 5.Legal Principles in Nursing 6.Ethics 7.Evidence-Based Practice

UNIT 2: PROCESSES IN NURSING CARE 8.Critical Thinking 9.Nursing Process 10.Informatics and Documentation 11.Communication 12.Patient Education 13.Managing Patient Care

UNIT 3: NURSING PRACTICE FOUNDATIONS 14.Infection Control 15.Vital Signs 16.Health Assessment and Physical Examination 17.Administering Medications 18.Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balances

UNIT 4: PROMOTING PSYCHOSOCIAL HEALTH 19.Caring in Nursing Practice 20.Cultural Awareness 21.Spiritual Health 22.Growth and Development 23.Self-Concept and Sexuality 24.Family in Nursing 25.Stress and Coping 26.Loss and Grief

UNIT 5:PROMOTING PHYSICAL HEALTH 27.Exercise and Activity 28.Safety 29.Hygiene 30.Oxygenation 31.Sleep 32.Pain Management 33.Nutrition 34.Urinary Elimination 35.Bowel Elimination 36.Immobility 37.Skin and Wound Care 38.Sensory Alterations 39.Surgical Patient

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