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This text offers LPN/LVN students a basic introduction to the nursing profession, with an emphasis on lifeong learning and career planning. The author's strong belief in the importance of a career in nursing and the value of service to others is woven throughout this easy-to-understand text. The seventh edition of Contemporary Practical/Vocational Nursingincorporates a persistent emphasis on life-long learning and career planning. Practical/vocational nursing students must prepare themselves to work and live in a world where computers and technology pervade our lives and influence how we live and work. In this new world, the work of the practical nurse will continue to be one of direct service to others. Personal characteristics and qualities are as important as medical knowledge and nursing skills. The personal characteristics and qualities of nurses that contribute to quality nursing care are covered throughout the book.