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This well-respected, comprehensive textbook covers the complete diagnosis and treatment of the most common conditions encountered in the care of adults. Its straightforward writing style promotes quick comprehension of the subject matter, yet the text is known for its solid, balanced presentation of medical and nursing management and for its in-depth...
This well-respected, comprehensive textbook covers the complete diagnosis and treatment of the most common conditions encountered in the care of adults. Its straightforward writing style promotes quick comprehension of the subject matter, yet the text is known for its solid, balanced presentation of medical and nursing management and for its in-depth coverage of pathophysiology. The eighth edition brings together a superior author team and includes outstanding content and features that reflect the evolving field of medical-surgical nursing and will help students pass the NCLEX-RN® examination.Solid presentation of pathophysiology and medical, surgical, and nursing management.More than 70 Patient/Family Teaching boxes underscore the text's comprehensive treatment approach.Content on collaborative management highlights the necessity of cooperation and teamwork in patient care.Health promotion and prevention concepts are integrated throughout to stress the importance of ongoing care.More than 150 Guidelines for Safe Practice boxes give step-by-step instructions for providing safe, effective care.Common Medications tables outline nursing considerations and information on key drug groups.Clinical Manifestations boxes summarize important indications related to specific conditions.Gerontologic Assessment boxes and Gerontologic Considerations sections remind students of unique considerations in the care of older adults.Risk Factors boxes alert the reader to characteristics of disease etiology to consider when assessing and caring for patients.Research boxes show how significant research studies apply to daily nursing practice.Healthy People 2010 boxes identify national health objectives relevant to the topic of discussion.Future Watch boxes alert readers to topics on the horizon, such as developments in genetics and in gender-based medicine.Complementary & Alternative Therapies boxes discuss the increasing popularity and significance of complementary and alternative therapies in relation to traditional treatments.Nursing Care Plans cover more than 30 patient situations, illustrating the use of NANDA diagnoses, outcome criteria, NIC priority interventions, NOC suggested outcomes, and specific nursing interventions with rationales.Evidence-Based Practice boxes identify the Topic Question, Evidence Base, Findings, and Conclusions of research studies pertinent to current medical and nursing practice.The concept of community-based care is introduced in a new chapter and incorporated into other chapters as appropriate.Nursing Management sections have been reorganized to clarify the correlation among nursing diagnoses, appropriate patient outcomes, and associated interventions.Preparing for Practice boxes in selected chapters are linked to a new interactive clinical exercise on the Companion CD, giving students the opportunity to apply critical thinking skills and clinical judgment in caring for patients within a simulated hospital setting.The text includes new and expanded chapters related to genetics and disease, emerging infectious diseases and bioterrorism, palliative care, and rehabilitation.Are You Ready? boxes test students' mastery of content just covered, reinforcing key concepts and building confidence for taking the NCLEX examination.Ethical Alert boxes discuss timely ethical issues nurses face in clinical practice, such as genetic testing and therapy and forced immunization.Legal Alert boxes present critical legal considerations, including protocol for medical and nursing interventions, patient consent for treatment or testing, and the duty to warn.Key terms with page-number references are listed at the beginning of each chapter and set in boldface type within the text.
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