Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing
Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing,
Edition 6
By Adrianne Dill Linton, PhD, RN, FAAN

Publication Date: 24 Mar 2015

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With just the right level of information to equip you to effectively care for adults and older adults, Linton's Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing, 5th Edition is the leading LPN/LVN text in its field. Covering both med-surg and psychiatric mental health conditions and disorders, it addresses your role in a variety of care settings, emphasizes culturally competent care and holistic nursing, and thoroughly covers all relevant NCLEX-PN Test Plan content. Abundant real-life case studies clearly show how to apply what you've learned to clinical practice.

Key Features

  • Foundational units on basic concepts related to the health care system, care settings, the nursing process, leadership, nutrition, the older adult, growth and nutrition, legal/ethical considerations, evidence-based nursing care, and many more essential topics, avoid repetition later in the text and create a foundation to build your understanding of disorders by body system.
  • Safety alerts are highlighted throughout the text with a Safety Considerations icon.
  • A separate unit on psychiatric mental health nursing covers psychosocial responses to illness, psychiatric disorders, and substance abuse — eliminating the need for a separate psychiatric mental health nursing text.
  • Content related to the NCLEX-PN test plan is emphasized throughout the text, including health promotion, nutrition, legal/ethical issues, HIPAA, and prevention of medication/medical errors.
  • Separate chapters on common, high-profile disorders (including hypertension, diabetes, and shock), provide an in-depth understanding for patient care.
  • Focus on assignment and supervision helps you assign tasks to nurse assistants, patient care techs, and unlicensed assistive personnel, and makes sure they understand the difference between delegation, management, supervision, and assignment of tasks on the health care team.
  • UNIQUE! In-depth pharmacology coverage includes: the Pharmacology Tutorial covering drug classifications, how drugs work, and nursing responsibilities; Pharmacology Capsules boxes providing medication information, precautions for use, interactions, and side/adverse effects; and Pharmacology and Medications tables including classification, use/action, side/adverse effects, and nursing interventions.
  • A separate unit on gerontologic nursing provides comprehensive coverage of the care of the older adult and related disorders. No other LPN/LVN med-surg text offers as much coverage of this primary patient group.
  • Diagnostic Tests and Procedures tables offer quick reference to MRI, CT, Doppler flow, lumbar puncture tests for neurologic disorders, and much more.
  • Health Promotion Considerations boxes highlight timely wellness and disease prevention topics.
  • Patient Teaching Plans provide bulleted lists of nursing instructions for patients, stressing the role and responsibility of the LPN/LVN to reinforce patient education.
  • Nutrition Considerations boxes are spotlighted at appropriate points throughout the text to emphasize the role that nutrition plays in disease and nursing care.
  • Nursing care plans reinforce the nursing process and focus on critical thinking.
  • Cultural Considerations boxes discuss the importance of providing culturally-competent care related to various clinical situations.
  • Put on Your Thinking Cap boxes allow you to pause and consider the practical implications of what you have just read.
  • Get Ready for the NCLEX-PN Examination! sections at the end of chapters include key points, review questions, and case studies that address the various NCLEX Client Needs categories.

New Features

  • NEW! Continued emphasis on evidence-based practice and the most current research findings include specific examples of how scientific evidence can justify and support patient care. 
  • NEW! Updated nursing diagnoses all reflect the most current NANDA listings for NCLEX compliance.
About the author
By Adrianne Dill Linton, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Chair, Department of Family Community Care Systems, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX
Table of Contents

Unit I Patient Care Concepts
1. The Health Care System
2. Nursing in Varied Patient Care Settings
3. Legal and Ethical Considerations
4. The Leadership Role of the Licensed Practical Nurse
5. The Nurse-Patient Relationship
6. Cultural Aspects of Nursing Care
7. The Nurse and the Family
8. Health and Illness
9. Nutrition
10. Developmental Processes
11. The Older Patient
12. The Nursing Process and Critical Thinking

Unit II Pysiologic Responses to Illness
13. Inflammation, Infection, and Immunity
14. Fluid and Electrolytes
15. Pain Management

Unit III Acute Care
16. First Aid, Emergency Care, and Disaster Management
17. Surgical Care
18. Intravenous Therapy
19. Shock

Unit IV Long-Term Care and Home Health Care
20. Falls
21. Immobility
22. Delirium and Dementia
23. Incontinence
24. Loss, Death, and End-of-Life Care

Unit V Cancer
25. The Patient with Cancer
26. The Patient with an Ostomy

Unit VI Neurologic Disorders
27. Neurologic Disorders
28. Cerebrovascular Accident
29. Spinal Cord Injury

Unit VII Respiratory Disorders
30. Disorders of the Upper Respiratory Tract: Nose, Sinuses, Throat
31. Acute Disorders of the Lower Respiratory Tract
32. Chronic Disorders of the Lower Respiratory Tract

Unit VIII Hematologic and Immunologic disorders
33. Hematologic Disorders
34. Immunologic Disorders
35. Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

Unit IX Cardiovascular Disorders
36. Cardiac Disorders
37. Vascular Disorders
38. Hypertension

Unit X Digestive Disorders
39. Disorders of the Upper Digestive Tract
40. Disasters of the Lower Digestive Tract
41. Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreatic Disorders

Unit XI Urologic Disorders
42. Urologic Disorders

Unit XII Musculoskeletal Disorders
43. Connective Tissue Disorders
44. Fractures
45. Amputations

Unit XIII Endocrine Disorders
46. Pituitary and Adrenal Disorders
47. Thyroid and Parathyroid Disorders
48. Diabetes Mellitus and Hypoglycemia

Unit XIV Reproductive Disorders
49. Female Reproductive Disorders
50. Male Reproductive Disorders
51. Sexually Transmitted Infections

Unit XV Integumentary Disorders
52. Skin Disorders

Unit XVI Disorders of the Eyes and Ears
53. Eye and Vision Disorders
54. Ear and Hearing Disorders

Unit XVII Mental Health and Illness
55. Psychologic Responses to Illness
56. Psychiatric Disorders
57. Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

Book details
ISBN: 9781455776412
Page Count: 1390
Illustrations: Approx. 810 illustrations (810 in full color)
Retail Price: €77.99