Concepts for Nursing Practice (with eBook Access on VitalSource)
Concepts for Nursing Practice (with eBook Access on VitalSource),
Edition 2
By Jean Foret Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN

Publication Date: 25 Feb 2016

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Looking for a conversational and easy-to-follow book that walks you through the most important nursing concepts and helps you apply them in practice? Then look no further than Concepts for Nursing Practice, 2nd Edition! Written by conceptual learning expert Jean Giddens, this innovative interactive text explains 58 of the most common nursing concepts — including six all new concepts — that span the areas of patient physiology, patient behavior, and the professional nursing environment. Featured exemplars for each concept are also discussed to help you more easily understand the concepts and apply them to the clinical setting. In addition to more concepts and featured exemplar sections, this new second edition also boasts a more intuitive organization and review questions for both RN and LPN/LVN programs. In a nutshell, Concepts for Nursing Practice, 2nd Edition is not only the key to understanding nursing concepts, it’s also the way to hone your clinical reasoning skills and be confidently prepared for almost any workplace situation.

Key Features

  • Authoritative content written by expert Jean Giddens sets the standard for the rapidly growing concept-based curriculum movement.
  • Exemplar lists for each concept, covering the lifespan and all clinical settings aid readers in assimilating concepts into practice.
  • Case studies in each chapter allow readers to apply knowledge of concepts to real world examples.
  • Logical organization of concepts into units and themes helps readers form immediate connections among related concepts – a key to conceptual learning.
  • Original concept illustrations give readers visual cues to understanding and making connections across concepts.

New Features

  • NEW! Six all-new concepts — spirituality, self-management, sleep, hormonal regulation, fatigue, and health disparities — cover a broader spectrum of nursing practice and provide added flexibility across a variety of nursing programs.
  • NEW! Featured exemplar sections highlight selected exemplars related to each concept and provide a brief synopsis of the exemplar.
  • NEW! Expanded resources for LPN/LVN programs include unique student review questions to offer additional study assistance.
  • NEW! Revised format for Health and Illness concepts includes concise and consistent explanations of conditions across the lifespan along with the rationale for care.
  • NEW! Revised format for Health Care Recipient and Professional Nursing/Health Care concepts provides streamlined explanations of conceptual material in a more logical order.
  • NEW! Renamed theme on Resilience (formerly Coping and Stress Tolerance) emphasizes this increasingly important aspect of personal responsibility in health and illness.
About the author
By Jean Foret Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Table of Contents

Unit 1: Health Care Recipient Concepts

Theme: Attributes and Resources
1. Development
2. Functional Ability
3. Family Dynamics

Theme: Personal Preference
4. Culture
5. Spirituality
6. Adherence
7. Self-Management

Unit 2: Health and Illness Concepts

Theme: Homeostasis and Regulation
8. Fluid and Electrolytes
9. Acid-Base Balance
10. Thermoregulation
11. Sleep
12. Cellular Regulation
13. Intracranial Regulation
14. Hormonal Regulation
15. Glucose Regulation
16. Nutrition
17. Elimination
18. Perfusion
19. Gas Exchange
20. Clotting

Theme: Sexuality and Reproduction
21. Reproduction
22. Sexuality

Theme: Protection and Movement
23. Immunity
24. Inflammation
25. Infection
26. Mobility
27. Tissue Integrity
28. Sensory Perception
29. Pain
30. Fatigue

Theme: Resilience
31. Stress
32. Coping

Theme: Mood and Cognition
33. Mood and Affect
34. Anxiety
35. Cognition
36. Psychosis

Theme: Maladaptive Behavior
37. Addiction
38. Interpersonal Violence

Unit 3: Professional Nursing and Health Care Concepts

Theme: Nursing Attributes and Roles
39. Professional Identity
40. Clinical Judgment
41. Leadership
42. Ethics
43. Patient Education
44. Health Promotion

Theme: Care Competencies
45. Communication
46. Collaboration
47. Safety
48. Technology and Informatics
49. Evidence
50. Health Care Quality

Theme: Health Care Delivery
51. Care Coordination
52. Caregiving
53. Palliative Care
54. Health Disparities

Theme: Health Care Infrastructure
55. Health Care Organizations
56. Health Care Economics
57. Health Policy
58. Health Care Law

Book details
ISBN: 9780323374736
Page Count: 564
Illustrations: Approx. 320 illustrations (320 in full color)
Retail Price: €94.99