9780130417121

Student Nurse Handbook Difficult Concepts Made Easy

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    9780130417121

  • ISBN10:

    0130417122

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-08-13
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall

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Summary

"Difficult Concepts Made Easy" Second Edition A "must-have" resource for all nursing students, Dr. B. Gail Twiname's" Student Nurse Handbook" is" the answer" when it comes to nursing questions. An engaging, reader-friendly writing style simplifies difficult concepts, presenting them in a clear, concise manner. Also presented are handy survival tips that include - advice on test taking, navigating Internet resources, and effective communication strategies. Also included: Two new chapters on Time Management skills and Alternative Therapies. New material on learning styles including Web courses. A revised chapter on legal concerns with new information on ethics and delegation. Updated and expanded Internet resources and links. Coverage of universal topics such as spirituality, sexuality, death and dying, as well as cultural differences. Bulleted outlines that alert of key content. Case studies highlighting real-life application of material.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
SECTION I Getting Through Nursing School 1(74)
How to Learn, Study, and Take Tests
1(18)
Time Management
19(10)
Papers
29(6)
Computers
35(4)
Texts and Other Learning Resources
39(4)
Faculty Variability
43(6)
Assertiveness
49(7)
Professional Possibilities
56(5)
Legal/Ethical Concerns
61(10)
Risk Management
71(4)
SECTION II Functioning in Clinical Settings 75(32)
Communication
75(6)
Documentation
81(11)
Nursing Process, Case Management, and Clinical Pathways
92(10)
Critical Thinking
102(5)
SECTION III Universal Issues 107(136)
Stress
107(10)
Pain
117(13)
Rehabilitation
130(11)
Ageism
141(17)
Sexuality
158(14)
Culture
172(13)
Alternative Therapies
185(12)
Spirituality
197(12)
Death and Dying
209(34)
SECTION IV Understanding Difficult Concepts 243(84)
ABGs--- The Basics Contained in 10 Questions
243(8)
Endocrine Highlights
251(4)
Drug Calculations and Medication Issues
255(13)
Highlights of Fluids, Electrolytes, and IV Medications
268(13)
Laboratory and Diagnostic Studies
281(5)
ECG
286(11)
Nutrition
297(12)
Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases
309(10)
Challenging Concepts
319(8)
SECTION V Knowledge Building 327(50)
Research
327(7)
Theory
334(8)
Accessing Health Information via the Internet
342(35)
References 377(4)
Suggested Reading 381(2)
Index 383

Excerpts

Wow! You are a nursing student. What a challenge! During our years as nursing faculty we have seen many successful students. This text is our way of helping you to successfully graduate from nursing school. The second edition of our book incorporates some new chapters and some revised chapters. We made these changes based on input from students and others who reviewed our book. Here are some of the changes: Learning Stylesand information onWeb Courseshave been added (Chapter 1). We have included a new chapter onTime Management(Chapter 2). Ethics and delegationhave been added to the chapter on Legal/Ethical Concerns (Chapter 9). Another new chapter has been added onAlternative Therapies(Chapter 21). All of the Web addresses have been updated and more have been added (Chapter 35). Do not expect this to be a typical text on a specific nursing area. Rather, it is a resource for some of the more difficult foundation material generally covered in early nursing courses: knowledge that is used in multiple nursing settings. This book will not be able to replace detailed textbooks or class attendance. You will still need to read your textbooks, participate in the learning laboratory, and put time and energy into written assignments. We anticipate, however, that this book will help you by presenting the highlights of these challenging, yet essential, topics. You will notice that this book is different from course texts in three additional ways. The format is flexible: some material is in typical narrative format, some is in question and answer format, and some is in outline or bulleted (list) format. Many areas are written in "conversation" style, as if we were with you in a learning environment. Some chapters are very short. In addition to the difficult topics, we have also included guidance in some areas that tend to be stumbling blocks to success. As with many professions, knowledge learned today in nursing is often outdated by tomorrow. New technology and research is occurring at an alarming pace. So what does this mean for you? Well, several things. First, you must understand this phenomenon and accept it. Second, when research supports new knowledge and techniques, you must be able to release "old" knowledge and ways of doing things. Third, you must keep on top of these current changes through multiple means: reading your professional journals, attending conferences, and searching the Internet for credible new information and technologies. We believe that this book will help as you progress through nursing school. We would love to hear from you through our publisher, Prentice Hall. How has our book helped you? Are there some other things you would like to see in future editions? Nursing is a rich and rewarding career. We are very proud of the "nurse" in us and pleased that we may share a small part of building the "nurse" in you. We wish you the best in your nursing career!

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