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Foundations of Nursing, 6th Edition
Barbara Lauritsen Christensen, MS, RN; and Elaine Oden Kockrow, MS, RN
February 2010 | Approx. 1,392 pp., 450 illus.
ISBN: 978-0-323-05732-5

This comprehensive text prepares students for safe and effective nursing practice in today’s fast-paced healthcare environment. Covering maternal and neonatal, pediatric, geriatric, mental health, and community nursing, Foundations of Nursing, 6th Edition, includes all of the essential LPN/LVN content your students need.

 
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NEW FEATURES

  • Enhanced focus on the NCLEX® Examination offers end-of-chapter Get Ready for the NCLEX Examination! sections with key points for self-guided study and remediation and an extensive set of review questions for thorough self-assessment. Additional review questions on Evolve provide instant feedback with correct answer and rationale for even more test-taking practice.
  • Evidence-Based Practice boxes summarize the latest research findings and highlight how they apply to LPN/LVN practice.
  • Updated, vibrant full-color design highlights key information and enhances student understanding of important concepts.



OUTSTANDING FEATURES

  • Companion CD includes animations and audio clips depicting physiologic processes, physical assessment video clips, an English/Spanish glossary with definitions and audio pronunciations, an anatomy coloring book, and a fluid and electrolytes tutorial.
  • The consistent, logical framework of the nursing process connects specific disorders to patient care.
  • A mathematics review chapter provides a complete review of basic arithmetic skills and practice in drug dosage calculation to ensure safe medication administration.
  • Safety Alert boxes help students implement The Joint Commission’s safety guidelines in all settings, with considerations for special populations.
  • Nursing Diagnosis boxes, screened and highlighted in the text, include nursing diagnoses for specific disorders paired with the appropriate nursing interventions.
  • More than 100 skills in a step-by-step format with full-color illustrations present clearly defined nursing actions with rationales for the skills and techniques.
  • Medication tables are meticulously detailed and provide quick access to action, dosage, precautions, and nursing considerations for commonly used drugs.
  • Nursing Care Plans, presented in a case-study format, emphasize patient goals and outcomes and end with Critical Thinking Questions to help your students develop clinical decision-making skills. 
  • Coordinated Care boxes emphasize parameters for prioritizing tasks, as well as assigning tasks to and supervising unlicensed assistive personnel.
  • Patient Teaching boxes and Family Teaching boxes include post-hospital discharge guidelines and disease prevention instructions with a strong focus on three-way communication among the nurse, patient, and family members.
  • Life Span Considerations for Older Adults boxes provide age-specific information for the care of the aging population, which is often the primary focus of the LPN/LVN.
  • Home Care Considerations boxes discuss the issues facing patients and caregivers in the home health care setting.
  • Health Promotion boxes provide key information on staying healthy and preventing disease, with tips on wellness from Healthy People 2010.
  • Cultural Considerations boxes discuss how to address the health needs of a culturally diverse patient population when planning care. 
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