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Nursing Fundamentals Demystified offers a fast and interesting way for you to understand the foundational concepts and information that will be the cornerstone of your entire nursing education and career. It helps you sort through the mountain of information nursing students face and focus on the essentials – that which you truly must know to be a successful nurse. You’ll also learn how apply this information to real-world clinical situations.
In order to make the learning process as effective as possible, you’ll find learning aids such as chapter objectives; key terms, tables and boxed information which summarize important concepts; nursing alerts which spotlight critical safety information; nursing care plans in selected chapters which help you identify key assessment data, nursing diagnoses, and interventions; selected procedure tips to assist you with the clinical application of content, questions that appear throughout each chapter to help you evaluate your comprehension; and NCLEX®-style questions at the end of each chapter.
Get a working understanding of these important concepts:
The nursing process, Communication and Documentation, Vital sign assessment, Health assessment, Medication Administration, Safety, Skin integrity, Activity and mobility, Sensory and cognition, Sleep and comfort, Oxygenanation, Nutrition, Fluid, electrolyte, acid-base balance, Urinary elimination, Bowel elimination, Psychosocial needs
Unique three-part organization that (1) equips you with foundational skills to make sound decisions, then helps you apply those skills (2) in straightforward scenarios and (3) then in complex health scenarios
In-depth Answer Key at the back of the book that provides not only the correct answer but also a detailed rationale and an indication of the focus of the question, whether prioritization, delegation, supervision, or patient assignment. Expanded content focus to include psychiatric/mental health, OB/maternity, and pediatrics along with med-surg areas
New chapters on infection control and obstetrics and maternity
Greater emphasis on questions involving core body systems and related health problems, such as diabetes and cancer, to best prepare you for the conditions you are most likely to encounter on the NCLEX Examination and in clinical practice
Four new unfolding cases addressing long-term care, pediatrics, psychiatric/mental health nursing, and OB/maternity
Additional emphasis on medication safety equips you to take appropriate actions to prevent or remediate medication errors
Multiple-select questions revised to include at least 5 response choices each, keeping you up to date with the full range of NCLEX Examination item formats
UNIQUE! Colored highlights draw attention to four central topics: Serious Life Threatening Implications in pink; Common Clinical Findings in blue; Important Nursing Implications in yellow; and Patient Teaching information in green.
Concise What You Need to Know information on the back of each image highlights key information and specific nursing implications.
Spiral-bound pages made of thick, substantial card stock are durable and portable.
Color-coded thumb tabs feature a different color for each section for easy referral. 15 new cartoons help you master the latest information on fluids and electrolytes.
New topics include: Homeostasis: A Question of Balance and The Bodys Water: Keeping It Where You Need It.