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Nursing Fundamentals

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Kimberly Ernstmeyer, Chippewa Valley Technical College

Elizabeth Christman, Chippewa Valley Technical College

Copyright Year: 2020

ISBN 13: 9781734914146

Publisher: WI Technical Colleges Open Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by Janelle Patterson, Professor of Nursing, Des Moines Area Community College on 11/23/21

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

Reviewed by Tabatha Morgan, Assistant Professor, Emporia State University on 11/2/21

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

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

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  • 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