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Great introductory exploration of concepts and topics germane to nursing students. Can be adapted to meet the needs for education of nursing assistants as well as those pursuing practical/vocational licensure or registered nurse read more
Great introductory exploration of concepts and topics germane to nursing students. Can be adapted to meet the needs for education of nursing assistants as well as those pursuing practical/vocational licensure or registered nurse
Includes multiple recent and relevant sources with the ability to review or further explore the resources.
Includes links to resources that are frequently updated, rather than including the current standard at the time of publication which may change over time.
Written to meet the needs of a student unfamiliar with the subject with multiple clarifications of terms that can be referenced directly in the text. Each chapter included a glossary at the conclusion, which could be accessed prior to reading the subchapters if desired. Chapters divided into digestible sections that build upon the previous subchapter.
Each chapter arranged in a consistent pattern. Includes a summary subchapter as well as glossary of terms covered in the chapter. Each chapter has a learning assessment which includes critical thinking scenarios, flashcards with information, and an interactive quiz with immediate feedback function.
Chapters divided into digestible sections that build into a cohesive overview of the subject. Works well with supplemental texts by same group on Nursing Skills and Pharmacology.
Information presented from a global perspective followed by specific information and a summary section in each chapter. Chapters arranged with foundational information (scope of practice, communication, diverse populations, nursing process) at the beginning, followed by more specific subject areas.
Links embedded in the text upload smoothly and images and charts placed in appropriate places to accent the subject being discussed. Additional information can be accessed easily by either clicking on the web addresses of the references or imbedded in boxes within the section
Clear and inclusive text
Full section on cultural issues plus references throughout the rest of the text
The authors have allowed access to further modify the publication to meet the needs of individuals pursuing nursing education outside the Wisconsin area. It is available for purchase in a print format, as referenced data showed students prefer a print text over 50% of the time. Has a companion publications for nursing skills and pharmacology.
Includes all topics covered in our fundamentals nursing curriculum. The two topics not included in detail in this textbook are nursing skills and nursing assessments, but these resources are included via hyperlinks to other texts covering this... read more
Includes all topics covered in our fundamentals nursing curriculum. The two topics not included in detail in this textbook are nursing skills and nursing assessments, but these resources are included via hyperlinks to other texts covering this content within this fundamentals textbook.
The text contains accurate photos, tables, and figures to help visual learners and depict current equipment.
Most fundamental topics are straightforward and universal. Some content that may be outdated are the NANDA-I diagnoses since these are no longer included on the NCLEX-RN. Nursing problems terminology have now replaced NANDA-I.
There is a glossary included at the end of each chapter to review unfamiliar bold-faced terms within the text. This book is written at a nursing fundamentals student level. Nursing interventions are explained in simple terms and include photos and tables to depict details further.
Each chapter follows the same sequence (nursing process) and ends with application exercises including "Putting it all Together" and "Learning Activities."
Text is very organized, predictable, and divisible.
Text is very organized, systematic, and logical.
Excellent and thorough use of hyperlinks to additional references, evidence-based practice, national organizations, assessment steps, and skill steps.
Minimal grammatical errors
A variety of examples are included.
There were some errors noted within the context. There are also many blank pages between information and the labeling for the tables are on separate pages, which may be very confusing to a reader. read more
There were some errors noted within the context. There are also many blank pages between information and the labeling for the tables are on separate pages, which may be very confusing to a reader.
There was some information that could be correct, such as the ISBARR examples. I believe the information listed under the situation, background, and assessment needs to be under the correct title. In the nursing diagnosis examples, there is conflicting information regarding the risk for nursing diagnosis. When it's potential, there are two parts of the nursing diagnosis: the problem and the related factors due to there is no evidence since it has not happened. The text states to include the problem and as evidence for a risk for diagnosis. When also stating if a goal has been met with evaluating a patient for their plan of care, it's best to list it as "Goal met, Goal partially met, or Goal met." The mnemonic for pain is "OLD CARTS," not "OLDCARTES," which I had looked up within other resources to see if there is an update, and every resource I found still states "OLD CARTS."
The accuracy of the information that is stated needs to be updated in areas. Please review the information listed under accuracy.
Information is clear and explained in layman's terms.
Please refer to the comment under accuracy.
There are many blank pages noted between each section of information while reading the information.
The information flows well, except there are many blank pages noted between each information section while reading the information.
The labeling for the tables doesn't always go with the information, and we cannot view some information. For example, in table 3.2b, part of the table is cut off over cultural concepts and cannot view information. Now, if this is a hard copy, some of the links would not be clicked on, making this textbook an ebook only.
No grammatical errors noted.
This textbook was not insensitive or offensive in any way to any culture.
By reviewing the textbook and changing the information provided, I believe this would be a great textbook. This textbook appears to be more at an Associate degree level for nursing students than a Bachelor in Science of Nursing degree.
Table of Contents
- I. Scope of Practice
- II. Communication
- III. Diverse Patients
- IV. Nursing Process
- V. Safety
- VI. Cognitive Impairments
- VII. Sensory Impairments
- VIII. Oxygenation
- IX. Infection
- X. Integumentary
- XI. Comfort
- XII. Sleep and Rest
- XIII. Mobility
- XIV. Nutrition
- XV. Fluids and Electrolytes
- XVI. Elimination
- XVII. Grief and Loss
- XVIII. Spirituality
- XIX. Care of the Older Adult
- XX. Answer Key
About the Book
This Nursing Fundamentals textbook is an open educational resource with CC-BY licensing developed for entry-level nursing students. Content is based on the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) statewide nursing curriculum for the Nursing Fundamentals course (543-101), the 2019 NCLEX-RN Test Plan, the 2020 NCLEX-PN Test Plan, and the Wisconsin Nurse Practice Act.
This book introduces the entry-level nursing student to the scope of nursing practice, various communication techniques, and caring for diverse patients. The nursing process is used as a framework for providing patient care based on the following nursing concepts: safety, oxygenation, comfort, spiritual well-being, grief and loss, sleep and rest, mobility, nutrition, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, and elimination. Care for patients with integumentary disorders and cognitive or sensory impairments is also discussed. Learning activities have been incorporated into each chapter to encourage students to use critical thinking while applying content to patient care situations.
About the Contributors
Kimberly Ernstmeyer, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Dr. Elizabeth Christman, Chippewa Valley Technical College