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Designed to help beginning students develop critical thinking skills for nursing practice, this worktext presents over 80 realistic case studies and scenarios commonly encountered in the clinical setting. Using a straightforward approach and a variety of learning methods, it establishes a fundamental knowledge base and reinforces key concepts and principles. Guiding you through the application, analysis, and synthesis of knowledge in clinical situations, you will also learn how to integrate the nursing process as it applies to critical thinking. Covers timely issues such as delegation, prioritization, documentation/charting, and patient safety. Includes over 80 progressive cases that build as complications occur and encourage critical thinking skills in the clinical setting. Case studies address important issues in current practice, including leadership and delegation, pharmacology, culture, bioterrorism, and environmental disasters. Review questions reinforce case study applications and prepare you for test taking. Includes evaluation learning activities that cover topics such as drug therapy, decision-making, and priority setting to help you apply critical thinking skills. Section on "Applying Critical Thinking Skills to Clinical Situations" features new case scenarios exposing you to more advanced clinical situations and addressing those key skills and behaviors critical for nursing practice. Highlights prioritization and delegation content to reinforce the importance of prioritizing and delegating in the workplace. Continued case studies on Evolve provide more in-depth information for continuation of selected key case studies in the book and allow you to cover more advanced concepts. Supplemental audio content on Evolve features heart and lung sounds, reporting, and patient communication related to selected cases to help students become familiar with hearing (not just seeing) common reports, communications, and clinical heart and lung sounds. NCLEX® exam-style review questions on Evolve now include new alternate-item format questions along with the traditional multiple-choice questions.
Table of Contents
|Cognitive-Building Critical Thinking Activities Vital Signs|
|Temperature Pulse Respiration|
|Blood Pressure Body Mechanics Hygiene|
|Infection Control/Transmission of Organisms Skin|
|Integrity Communication Reporting|
|Patient Status Introduction to the Assessment Process|
|Basic Physical Assessment Self-Concept Cultural|
|Aspects of Nursing Introduction to Formulating a Nursing Diagnosis|
|Formulating a Nursing Diagnosis|
|Assessment of the Elderly Patient|
|Caring for the Surgical Patient|
|Wound Assessment Wound Dressings|
|The Patient with Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalance|
|Elimination - Urinary Elimination - Bowel General|
|Nutrition Gastrointestinal Tract Diabetes|
|Mellitus Complication of Diabetes|
|Mellitus Insulin Therapy Legal|
|Considerations in Nursing Practice Review Questions|
|Priority-Setting and Decision-Making Activities|
|The Patient Undergoing Surgery|
|The Patient with an Intestinal Obstruction|
|The Patient with a Colostomy|
|The Patient with Colon Cancer|
|The Patient with Total Parenteral Nutrition|
|The Patient with Cirrhosis of the Liver|
|The Patient with Hepatic Encephalopathy|
|The Patient with Diabetes Mellitus|
|The Patient Undergoing Hemodialysis|
|The Patient with Peripheral Arterial Disease|
|The Patient with Chest Pain|
|The Patient with Heart Failure|
|The Patient with a Stroke|
|The Patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease|
|The Patient with a Chest Tube|
|The Patient with Urosepsis|
|The Patient with a Transurethral Resection of the Prostate|
|The Patient Receiving a Blood Transfusion|
|The Patient with Neutropenia|
|The Patient with a Hip Fracture|
|The Patient with a Fractured Tibia|
|The Patient with Cataract Surgery|
|The Patient with a Seizure Disorder|
|The Patient with a Do-Not-Resuscitate Order Legal Considerations Section Three: Clinical Situations 1-22|
|Management and Leadership|
|Working with Staff|
|Dealing with Change|
|Delegation and Problem-Solving|
|Professional Performance and Evaluation|
|Working with a Culturally Diverse Staff|
|Applying Critical Thinking Skills to Test Questions|
|Applying Critical Thinking Skills to Clinical Situations|
|Standards of Practice|
|List of Abbreviations|
|List of Words and Phrases Commonly Used in the Book and Their Intended Meaning|
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