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Strategies, Techniques, and Approaches to Thinking : Critical Thinking Cases in Nursing



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    Strategies, Techniques, and Approaches to Thinking; Critical Thinking Cases in Nursing


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
Ethical Dilemma
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
Reporting Bibliography
List of Abbreviations
List of Words and Phrases Commonly Used in the Book and Their Intended Meaning
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