A recent shortage of nurses in a society with an aging population has triggered the demand for students to enter the field of medical study. A dosage calculations course is required for most students earning an applied science degree in nursing, pharmacology, or paramedic programs.
Medical Dosage Calculations For Dummies tracks a typical dosage calculations course and provides helpful content in an approachable and easy-to-understand format. Plus, you'll get examples of the various calculations made to determine the appropriate quantity of drug or solution that should be administered to patients.Calculating drug dosages utilizing ratio-proportion, formula, and dimensional analysis Systems of measurement, including metric and apothecary and other conversion equivalents for a global audience The ins and outs of the charting systems for MAR (Medicine Administration Records)
If you're one of the hundreds of thousands of students aspiring to enter the medical field, Medical Dosage Calculations For Dummies is your ticket for scoring your highest on exams.
If the goal of the American medical system is to provide optimal care for all patients, healthcare providers must understand cultural differences that create conflicts and misunderstandings and can result in inferior medical care. Geri-Ann Galanti's updated classic, Caring for Patients from Different Cultures, is even more comprehensive than the first three editions, containing new appendices for quick reference, an expanded and updated bibliography with Internet resources, and a detailed index.
Caring for Patients from Different Cultures contains more than 200 case studies illustrating crosscultural misunderstanding and culturally competent health care. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, including birth, end of life, traditional medicine, mental health, pain, religion, and multicultural staff issues. The case studies illustrate important concepts from the fields of cultural diversity and medical anthropology. This volume is an important resource for nurses and physicians in achieving cultural competency.
"I highly recommend Essentials of Correctional Nursing, by Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, CCHP-RN andCatherine M. Knox, MN, RN, CCHP-RN, editors. This long-awaited book, dedicated to the professionalspecialty of correctional nursing, is not just a ìgood read,î it is one of ìthose booksî that stays on your desk and may never make it to the bookshelf."--American Jails
"Correctional nursing has minimal published texts to support, educate, and provide ongoing bestpractices in this specialty. Schoenly and Knox have successfully met those needs with Essentialsof Correctional Nursing."--Journal of Correctional Health Care
Nurses have been described as the backbone of correctional health care. Yet the complex challenges of caring for this disenfranchised population are many. Ethical dilemmas around issues of patient privacy and self-determination abound, and the ability to adhere to the central tenet of nursing, the concept of caring, is often compromised. Essentials of Correctional Nursing supports correctional nurses by providing a comprehensive body of current, evidence-based knowledge about the best practices to deliver optimal nursing care to this population. It describes how nurses can apply their knowledge and skills to assess the full range of health conditions presented by incarcerated individuals and determine the urgency and priority of requisite care. The book describes the unique health needs and corresponding care for juveniles, women, and individuals at the end of life. Chapters are devoted to nursing care for patients with chronic disease, infectious disease, mental illness, or pain, or who are in withdrawal from drugs or alcohol. Chapters addressing health screening, medical emergencies, sick call, and dental care describe how nurses identify, respond to, and manage these health care concerns in the correctional setting.
The Essentials of Correctional Nursing was written and reviewed by experienced correctional nurses with thousands of hours of experience. American Nurses Association standards are woven throughout the text, which provide the information needed by nurses studying for certification exams in correctional nursing. The text will also be of value to nurses working in such settings as emergency departments, specialty clinics, hospitals, psychiatric treatment units, community health clinics, substance abuse treatment programs, and long-term care settings, where they may encounter patients who are currently or have previously been incarcerated.Key Features:
Addresses legal and ethical issues surrounding correctional nursingCovers common inmate-patient health care concerns and diseases Discusses the unique health needs of juveniles, women, and individuals at the end of lifeDescribes how nurses can safely navigate the correctional environment to create a therapeutic alliance with patientsProvides information about health screening, medical emergencies, sick call, and dental care Serves as a core resource in the preparation for correctional nursing certification exams
Comprehensive Understanding sections help you master the key topics and main ideas in each chapter.
Case studies and Critical Thinking Modelexercises help you apply what you've learned.
Multiple-choice review questions evaluate your understanding of key chapter objectives. Content updates match the new information in Fundamentals of Nursing, 8th Edition.
Updated skills performance checklists are now available on the Evolve companion website, and are both interactive and printable.
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Covers all the must-know nursing content required to pass the NCLEX-RNContent is organized in outline format and easy-access tables for efficient reviewChapters follow the NCLEX's Client Need Categories so you know you have complete content coverageKaplan's acclaimed Decision Tree and expert strategies help you master critical reasoningUsed by thousands of students each year to succeed on the NCLEX-RNExpert GuidanceKaplan's expert nursing faculty reviews and updates content annually.We invented test prep—Kaplan (www.kaptest.com) has been helping students for almost 80 years. Our proven strategies have helped legions of students achieve their dreams.
In First, Do Less Harm, twelve health care professionals and researchers plus two former patients look at patient safety from a variety of perspectives, finding many of the proposed solutions to be inadequate or impractical. Several contributors to this book attribute the failure to confront patient safety concerns to the influence of the "market model" on medicine and emphasize the need for hospital-wide teamwork and greater involvement from frontline workers (from janitors and aides to nurses and physicians) in planning, implementing, and evaluating effective safety initiatives.
Several chapters in First, Do Less Harm focus on the critical role of interprofessional and occupational practice in patient safety. Rather than focusing on the usual suspects-physicians, safety champions, or high level management-these chapters expand the list of "stakeholders" and patient safety advocates to include nurses, patient care assistants, and other staff, as well as the health care unions that may represent them. First, Do Less Harm also highlights workplace issues that negatively affect safety: including sleeplessness, excessive workloads, outsourcing of hospital cleaning, and lack of teamwork between physicians and other health care staff. In two chapters, experts explain why the promise of health care information technology to fix safety problems remains unrealized, with examples that are at once humorous and frightening. A book that will be required reading for physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, public health officers, quality and risk managers, healthcare educators, economists, and policymakers, First, Do Less Harm concludes with a list of twenty-seven paradoxes and challenges facing everyone interested in making care safe for both patients and those who care for them.
* how to analyse concepts
* how to generate and select theory
* how to apply and test theory in practice.
Written in a friendly, easy to read style, Nursing Theories and Models puts forward realistic strategies for bridging the theory-practice gap.
Essential Nursing Skillsanswers these questions for over 130 clinical skills. Each one is explained from start to finish, using a step-by-step approach, with clear illustrations and colour photographs to enhance understanding.
Small enough to carry with you and specifically designed and written to aid learning, this book is invaluable for nurses across all fields.• Attractive design – easy to use
• Skills explained step by step
• Comprehensive list of skills covers all that students will encounter in practice
• Points for Practice sections encourage readers to reflect and learn
• Further reading and references point to the evidence and knowledge base for each skill.Full-colour photographs illustrate many of the procedures
Full colour is used throughout to help navigate procedures
Section listing normal values of commonly used blood tests
Skills to assess deteriorating patients and care for patients undergoing surgery
Reflects changes in nursing and professional national guidelines.
• 'something to think about' boxes offering valuable advice
• 'student experience' sections
• reflective thinking activities to encourage self-assessment and experiential learning
• new sections to address contemporary issues such as Indigenous health, patient safety, clinical reasoning, therapeutic communication, interprofessional communication, clinical handover, emotional intelligence, information and communication technology and social networking
• issues of relevance to the New Zealand health care context
• discussion of topical issues such as national registration
• enhanced attention to cultural safety
• refers to the most recent professional standards and codes of practice
• new clinical specialties profiled, including drug and alcohol nursing, emergency nursing and international nursing
In this age of increasing reliance on technology, it is essential that the fundamentals of compassion and good communication—the art of patient care—remain at the heart of health care. This clear, concise guide to professional communication strategies helps nurses and other health care clinicians to build effective patient relationships and navigate a wide variety of difficult patient and professional interactions. Written by a practicing psychotherapist who has devoted nearly 30 years of study to clinician—patient relationships, the book tackles such complex issues as dealing with demanding patients, maintaining professional boundaries, overcoming biases and stereotypes, managing clinician emotions, communicating bad news, challenging a colleague’s clinical opinion, and other common scenarios.
The book guides the reader through a conceptual framework for building effective relationships that is based on the principles of mindfulness. These principles are embedded in discussions of the fundamental elements of interpersonal effectiveness, such as hope, empathy, and listening. Chapters apply mindfulness principles to specific challenging situations with concrete examples that describe effective clinical behaviors as well as situations depicting pitfalls that may impede compassionate care. From a focus on everyday manners in difficult situations to beneficial approaches with challenging populations, the guide helps health care professionals confidently resolve common problems. Brief, to-the-point chapters help clinicians channel their clinical knowledge and good intentions into caring behaviors that allow the patient to more fully experience empathy and compassion. With the guiding theme of “using words as precision instruments,” this is a resource that will be referred to again and again.
• Helps health care professionals and nurses communicate effectively in challenging clinical and professional situations
• Uses the principles of mindfulness to build satisfying relationships and resolve problems
• Addresses such difficult issues as demanding patients, maintaining boundaries, overcoming biases, managing clinician emotions, and much more
• Provides special tips for communicating with family members and caregivers
• Authored by a practicing psychotherapist specializing in clinician—patient relationships for nearly 30 years
"This is a very practical and easy to read book with many strategies to help new nurses adapt to the stressors of the workplace. It is filled with thought-provoking stories and activities that can foster confidence in tackling workplace issues as well as self-care activities to enhance wholeness and wellbeing. Some suggested strategies for successful outcomes include finding a good mentor, relaxation techniques, using humor, self-reflection, and exercising. There is something in this book for everyone."Score: 96, 4 stars. --Doody's Medical Reviews
This essential resource is for nursing and allied health students across the globe who are undertaking-or are about to undertake-their internship and initial work experience. This reference identifies practical strategies for career advancement and for overcoming stressors and challenges in the workplace.
With the tools from this book, readers will be able to gain the strength and tactics to break the cycles of hostility and workplace negativity, and thereby change the health system and provide better care for their clients.Key Features:
Presents primary narratives and resilience strategies Provides creative resolutions for coping with complex clients, grief, inter-professional tensions, and more difficult issues Contains reader activities that encourage students to become agents of change Highlights resilience strategies; key coping mechanisms; lessons learned; discussion questions; creative thinking exercises; and teacher-related activities
Rapid Infection Control Nursing is an essential read for all frontline nursing staff working in hospitals or community settings. Designed for quick reference, it explores the essential principles of infection control before moving on to an A-Z of the most commonly found infections. Each entry covers how the infection is spread, duration of the infectious period, key infection-control precautions, staff considerations, visitor information, and patient transfer advice.
Covering all the key topics in infection prevention and control, this concise and easy-to-read title is the perfect quick-reference book for the wards.
This title is also available as a mobile App from MedHand Mobile Libraries. Buy it now from iTunes, Google Play or the MedHand Store.
· Mapped to the NMC Standards and Essential Skills Clusters
· Full of active learning features
· Focused on applying theory to practice
‘A fantastic little book for helping nursing students and qualified nurses to understand what a successful portfolio should look like.’
Dr Gabrielle Thorpe, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia
This book is a simple, quick and easy to use guide to building a professional portfolio for nursing students. Students are required by the NMC to keep an ongoing record of achievement, to demonstrate their competence at each stage of their programme. The portfolio is an essential part of the assessment of practice to demonstrate nursing competence. This book gives a step-by-step and practical explanation of how to compile a professional portfolio to succeed in these assessments. It can be used throughout nursing programmes and into your nursing career as a tool to help with interviews, appraisals and the NMC revalidation process.
- Excerpts from other students' portfolios show what makes a good portfolio
- Step-by step activities guide you through building your own portfolio
- Linked to the latest NMC Standards and ESCs for pre-registration nursing education
About the Author
Suzanne Reed is an experienced General Manager with many years working at strategic and operational levels in the NHS and Independent Sector. She is currently a freelance writer and a voluntary carer in the community.
This all-encompassing volume assists nursing students and beginning-level RNs in developing a practical understanding of infection control issues as they relate to many different areas of health care.
The Illustrated Guide to Infection Control covers every infection control topic, from basic hand washing, immunizations, infection control in critical care, infection control in labor and delivery, and medical waste disposal, to methods of surveillance, and everything in between-all in one volume. Written by experts in the respective fields, each chapter offers important insights on protecting patients, families, visitors, volunteers, and health care providers from infection. Illustrations are provided to help demonstrate the topics presented, and chapters contain questions and answers with rationales for students to reflect upon.Key features:
Eliminates the need for multiple infection control resources by covering all essential topics in one volumeEncompasses all of the important infection control topics, from basic issues such as hand washing, to specialty area-specific measures such as prevention measures for critical care nursingCovers multiple clinical areas of expertise, including acute care, dialysis, TB control, physician's offices, and moreIncludes pre-test and post-test questions for each chapter, with answers provided at the end of the book
ìThe passion, caring, and inspiration of the authors are reflected and demonstrated in each and every chapterÖCompiling all of the authorsí lessons learned, teaching-learning strategies, and in-depth research and exploration of their topics, this book is an excellent guide for nursing faculty just getting started with simulations or is validation for faculty who are already using this pedagogy.î
From the Foreword by Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF
Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
This second edition of an acclaimed book for nurse educators provides a practical, step-by-step guide to designing and developing simulation scenarios and integrating them into the nursing curriculum. Based on extensive discussion with contributing authors and new faculty, the text has been updated to include changes in simulation pedagogy since the first edition was published in 2008, and thoroughly reorganized to facilitate greater ease-of-use. Outstanding features include scenarios easily adaptable to the instructorís own lab, and a new section on graduate nursing education and interdisciplinary clinical scenarios. Scenarios are ordered according to their complexity for ease of access.
The authors provide concrete information about the use of simulation in a variety of programs, courses, and schools, and describe how nursing faculty have mastered the challenge of integrating simulation into their curricula, from fundamental nursing arenas to more complex levels of care. Chapters discuss how simulation can be used with such diverse populations as medical-surgical, geriatric, pediatric, trauma, obstetric, and home care. The book offers scenario-running instructions, as well as recommendations on developing faculty, integrating point-of-care decision-making tools and necessary equipment, how to set up a lab (including static to high-fidelity manikins), and much more. Scenarios explore key themes in nursing, from ethics, spirituality and palliative care, to communication and cultural diversity. A template for creating scenarios spans the text and includes student preparation materials, forms, and checklists.This updated edition includes:Scenarios easily adaptable to an instructorís own lab A new section on graduate nursing education and interdisciplinary clinical scenarios New interdisciplinary, interprofessional, and community-based scenarios Expansive chapter templates Focus on cultural sensitivity, health literacy, and research methods Information on certification issues and integrating e-records in simulation
Written by a nationally known motivational speaker and nurse, the books down-to-earth approach uses humor and clever analogies to clearly teach the information you need to know.
Uses the analogy of a cross-country road trip to help you see the relationships between different aspects of nursing school, as well as give you a finite view of its duration and end result.
Inspirational quotes throughout offer wisdom and encouragement from fellow nursing students and graduates.
The appendix lists numerous diverse resources youll find useful before, during, and after nursing school. Electronic Age Information covers distance learning, online courses, and podcasts, facilitating your success both in todays electronic classroom and with the advancing technology in nursing.
A special NCLEX® chapter (Chapter 29: Are We There Yet? Almost.) provides you with the tools you need to prepare for and pass the NCLEX®.
Updated statistics and information on the emerging trends of the workforce keep you current with whats happening in the world outside nursing and help you make educated choices during nursing school.
Three chapters are devoted to diversity in todays workforce and the non-traditional student.
Thorough coverage of ADN, BSN, and RN-BSN programs (program prerequisites, differences, and more) helps you make informed decisions about your choice of nursing programs.
An appendix of Online Resources provides quick and easy access to web sites that will assist both students and graduates with continued study and real-world advice.
Perfect for nursing and allied health program applicants
In August 2016, the ATI TEAS exam replaced the TEAS V. The ATI TEAS, already the most widely-used nursing school admission exam in the U.S., is now also used for allied health program admission nationwide.
REA’s ATI TEAS Crash Course® is aligned with the most recent exam changes to the TEAS, or Test of Essential Academic Skills.
Our ATI TEAS Crash Course® features easy-to-read review chapters that cover every exam objective in reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. A full-length online practice exam comes with automatic scoring and detailed explanations of answers. Helpful diagnostics pinpoint where test candidates are strongest and where they need to focus their study.
The new ATI TEAS allows for one unified test to cover BSN, ADN, PN, and Allied Health programs. The ATI TEAS test blueprint has been revised to align with evolving developments in the nursing field and the curriculum, creating different points of emphasis on the test. In addition, the number of questions allotted to each content area has been changed, and examinees now may use an on-screen calculator.
About REA’s Prep:
- A complete ATI TEAS course in a concise, time-saving format
- Targeted review covers only the material that will actually be tested
- Strategies for answering every type of question
- Online practice exam pinpoints your strengths and weaknesses
Learn and review on the go! Use Quick Review Nursing Notes to help you
learn or brush up on the subject quickly. You can use the review notes as a
reference, to understand the subject better and improve your grades.
Perfect mnemonics guide for nurses and nursing students.
"..so much included in such a small space and is really handy as an all in one quick reference guide, diary and planner." Reviewed by Jade Day on behalf of Nursing Times, September 2015Updated information on common therapeutic diets includes gluten- and lactose-free, high-fiber, and the DASH Eating Plan.FOUR Score Neurological Assessment Scale guides you in assessing a patients level of consciousness.Time-saving, compact design provides a clean and efficient layout that is easy to take to bring along to class and clinical rotations.Time management strategies help you perform to your fullest potential. Advice on study skills and stress reduction techniques improve your focus and increase efficiency giving you the edge you need to succeed. Alternate-format questions (explanation and examples) and information on taking the NCLEX exam help prepare you for the licensure exam. Getting the Most from the Clinical Experience chapter educates you on patient safety, communication with patients and colleagues, and documentation. The Joint Commissions "Do Not Use" List of dangerous abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols appears inside the front cover.Clinical Quick Reference chapter provides you with essential clinical tools and information in a concise, accessible format, and includes: Commonly used abbreviations, symbols, and notationsPerioperative care and Joint Commission safety guidelines for surgery Fall risk factors and assessmentMost commonly used IV fluids table HIPAA requirements for confidentiality Safety guidelines to prevent medication errorsPain assessment tools Signs of geriatric and pediatric abuseGlasgow Coma Scale Tips for troubleshooting IV pumps Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk Common lab test valuesMyPlate dietary guidelines
Cope with stress
Make the most of clinical placements
Reflect on practice
Understand nursing models, theories and philosophies
Understand medical terminology and nursing jargon
Deal with legal and ethical issues. Fully updated in line with changes in nursing practice e.g. the revised NMC Code of Professional Conduct, the Disability Discrimination Act, Agenda for Change and the Knowledge and Skills Framework, Essence of Care.Expanded section on nursing modelsMore help with drug dosage calculations to assist students in developing their numeric skills.More on help on writing assignments and how to use research, including applications to practiceExpanded appendices on childrens nursing and mental health branches.Template forms to assist with course applications, planning assignments and a check list for placements
* the concept of homeostasis
* the relevance of physiology to common disorders
* the patient's response to these disorders
* the appropriate nursing response.
Each chapter is presented in a standard format with a brief outline of the relevant normal physiology and how homeostatic mechanisms normally cope. The student is led to understand what the patient with a specific disorder feels like and why, and is clearly instructed in what nursing action to take.
Pathophysiology, Homeostasis and Nursing shows clearly how understanding physiology can improve nursing care and covers the main issues that relate to basic observations. It includes questions to help the reader test their knowledge as they go along and provides an accessible concise text for health care students, particularly nurses.