deWit's Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing, 1st SAE

Author: Williams
Edition: 1st SAE
ISBN: 9788131248980
Language: English
Published: 2017
Publisher: Elsevier, India

Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing, First South Asia Edition provides all the basic theoretical and applied knowledge that the LPN/LVN nurse needs to practice in an expanded number of care settings, such as the community clinic, physician’s office, long-term care facility, home, and acute-care hospital setting.

deWit's Fundamental Concepts and 

Skills for Nursing, 1st SAE


Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing, First South Asia Edition provides all the basic theoretical and applied knowledge that the LPN/LVN nurse needs to practice in an expanded number of care settings, such as the community clinic, physician’s office, long-term care facility, home, and acute-care hospital setting. With an extensive art program and thorough discussion of QSEN, this text addresses topics like the physical and psychosocial needs of the patient, critical thinking for problem solving and clinical judgment, and communication — all within a strong nursing process framework. The accessible, friendly, and clear writing style appeals to students and instructors, and its rich ancillary package, including NCLEX-PN® review questions, gives students an edge on learning fundamentals.

Key Features

Concept maps give a visual example of concepts addressed in the text, help you visualize difficult material, and illustrate how a disorder’s multiple symptoms, treatments, and side effects are associated.

  • Over 110 skills and steps, featuring sample documentation examples and Home Care Considerations boxes where appropriate, present step-by-step procedures in an action/rationale format.
  • Life Span Considerations: The Older Adult highlight changes that occur with aging and how they affect nursing care by LPN/LVNs working in community and long-term care.
  • Easy-to-follow reading level and text organization presents information from simple to most complex, making it perfect for lower level students and those speaking English as a second language.
  • Numbered objectives, divided by theory and clinical practice, provide a framework for content.
  • Cultural Considerations cover biocultural variations, as well as health promotion for specific ethnic groups, so you provide culturally competent care.
  • Health Promotion and Patient Teaching boxes include guidelines to prevent illness, promote health, and develop self-care strategies.
  • Nursing process framework features application of the nursing process and nursing care plans to reinforce application of the nursing process in the clinical setting.
  • Think Critically boxes encourage you to synthesize information and apply concepts to practice.
  • Home Care Considerations boxes highlight the necessary adaptations of nursing skills and techniques for the patient in the home care setting.
  • Communication boxes present examples of nurse-patient dialogues and instructive therapeutic communication techniques.
  • Over 20 nursing care plans, which include critical thinking questions at the end of the text, provide you with a model for planning patient care.
  • Clinical chapters provide an overview of structure and function to give you a refresher in related anatomy and physiology, including a section on aging.
  • Key terms include phonetic pronunciations, which are helpful for ESL students, and text page references to find the definition.
  • Standard LPN Threads features include helpful characteristics such as full-color design, key terms, numbered objectives, key points, critical thinking questions, critical thinking activities, glossary, and references.

Table of Contents

Unit I: Introduction to Nursing and the Health Care System

1. Nursing and the Health Care System

2. Concepts of Health, Illness, Stress, and Health Promotion

3. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Nursing

Unit II: The Nursing Process

4. The Nursing Process and Critical Thinking

5. Assessment, Nursing Diagnosis, and Planning

6. Implementation and Evaluation

Unit III: Communication in Nursing

7. Documentation of Nursing Care

8. Communication and the Nurse-Patient Relationship

9. Patient Education and Health Promotion

Unit IV: Developmental, Psychosocial, and Cultural Considerations

10. Adulthood and the Family

11. Promoting Healthy Adaptation to Aging

12. Cultural and Spiritual Aspects of Patient Care

13. Loss, Grief, and End-of-Life Care

Unit V: Basic Nursing Skills

14. Infection Prevention and Control: Protective Mechanisms and Asepsis

15. Infection Prevention and Control in the Hospital and Home

16. Safe Lifting, Moving, and Positioning of Patients

17. Assisting with Hygiene, Personal Care, Skin Care, and the Prevention of Pressure Ulcers

18. Patient Environment and Safety

19. Measuring Vital Signs

20. Assessing Health Status

21. Admitting, Transferring, and Discharging Patients

22. Diagnostic Tests and Specimen Collection

Unit VI: Meeting Basic Physiologic Needs

23. Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance

24. Concepts of Basic Nutrition and Cultural Considerations

25. Nutritional Therapy and Assisted Feeding

26. Assisting with Respiration and Oxygen Delivery

27. Promoting Urinary Elimination

28. Promoting Bowel Elimination

29. Pain, Comfort, and Sleep

30. Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Unit VII: Medication Administration

31. Pharmacology and Preparation for Drug Administration

32. Administering Intradermal, Subcutaneous, and Intramuscular Injections

33. Administering Intravenous Solutions and Medications

Unit VIII: Care of the Surgical and Immobile Patient

34. Care of the Surgical Patient

35. Providing Wound Care and Treating Pressure Ulcers

36. Promoting Musculoskeletal Function

Unit IX: Caring for the Elderly

37. Common Physical Care Problems of the Older Adult

38. Common Psychosocial Care Problems of Older Adults

Appendix A: Standard Steps for All Nursing Procedures

Appendix B: Standard Precautions

Appendix C: Common Laboratory Test Values

Appendix D: NANDA-I Approved Nursing Diagnoses, 2015-2017

Reader References