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The book covers a large amount of relevant content and nearly all of the theory content that I typically cover in my fundamentals course. It does not, however, cover the nursing skills that I review in lecture and that students practice in the lab... read more
The book covers a large amount of relevant content and nearly all of the theory content that I typically cover in my fundamentals course. It does not, however, cover the nursing skills that I review in lecture and that students practice in the lab portion of the course. Yet, the same editors (Ernstmeyer & Christman) also provide a separate OER entitled Nursing Skills which covers everything that Nursing Fundamentals does not. So, I have named both books (Nursing Fundamentals AND Nursing Skills) as required resources for the course. Nursing Skills contains the skill checklists and videos, as well as sample documentation, that are associated with the theory content. One topic not covered in Nursing Fundamentals is medication administration.
For the 2-3 weeks that we spend on this topic, students will use primarily the Nursing Skills OER.
Additionally, in the past, students have purchased a textbook package that also includes digital quizzing and virtual simulations. Both Nursing Fundamentals and Nursing Skills have sections titled “Learning Activities” which include interactive case studies, quizzes and simulations that incorporate NGN NCLEX-style questions. I plan to use these activities during class. I would like to be able to assign these activities but, as far as I can tell, there is no way to view student performance and ensure that they are being completed.
Finally, LibreText ADAPT is a test bank of quiz and exam questions that faculty can draw from. It feels good to have this support, but I will continue to use the exams that I have created in the past for now. Any supplementation to the course will be minor and well worth the hundreds of dollars in savings to students.
Content is accurate and aligns with what is being taught in nursing fundamentals courses. The material perfectly compliments my lecture PowerPoints as they are. I will not need to change anything and can simply assign readings and activities from the book. I have not encountered any errors.
Content is up-to-date. Sources are current and at most, only a few years old. Sources are evidence-based and reliable. They are cited at the bottom of each individual content page and are hyperlinked for easy access.
The text is clear and concise. The headings are helpful for organizing information and key terms are bolded. The presentation is visually appealing and easy to understand. The pages are easy to navigate. I believe that students will appreciate the simplicity and clarity of the pages.
Each book section and page is formatted in the same way. Students will know what to expect as they access each new chapter. Quality and quantity of information is also consistent across the book.
This is my favorite feature of this book. I believe that students will greatly appreciate and benefit from the concise reading sections. It seems to me that this generation of students does not like to read and that that they do not learn best by reading. Yet, they need and want a place where they can go for clarification or an alternate explanation of a topic. With the short readings, they can find answers to their questions quickly. Also, the pictures and video links are visually appealing and attractive to students. Additionally, I like how I can easily link relevant sections and assignments directly in the syllabus, course calendar and online learning platform. I can have the confidence that students are getting reliable information and students can directly access information in a way that better agrees with their preferred learning style.
Each chapter begins with an introduction and then presents related topics in a logical order. Chapters contain 6-12 topics, and topics are appropriately separated. The last section in each chapter is titled “Putting it all Together” and includes a relevant patient scenario and application of the nursing process.
I have not experienced any interface issues in the several months that I have been using this book. LibreText provides options for "Readability." Students can adjust text and margin size, as well as color gradients that allow for ease and efficiency of reading. There is also a "Reader Mode" that eliminates the website navigation information and decreases distractions while reading. Additionally, there is a scientific calculator in the "Tools" section. This is helpful for this course, because students must often complete medication math problems. I like the accessibility options included in this program.
I have not noticed any grammatical errors.
The end-of-chapter patient scenarios include a variety of patient types. Chapter 3 is titled ‘Diverse Patients’ and includes information on health disparities as well as how to perform an appropriate cultural assessment and provide culturally competent care. Additionally, the content can be translated into 133 different languages with Google Translate. In some cases, Google Translate can use “conversation mode” to provide an audio version of the content.
In addition to being able to access a free digital copy of the book, students can also download a FREE pdf version of this book and/or purchase a copy of the book at the following prices: Paperback: Grayscale ($40.47) Full Color ($55.48); Hardcover: Grayscale ($50.70) Full Color ($65.78).
LibreText offers the following tips for working with a PDF:
“Encourage students to use a program like Adobe Reader, iBooks, or Notability to download, read, and annotate the PDF. These tools allow for highlighting, commenting, bookmarking, etc, that will make interacting with the file easier than reading it in the web browser. Here is a list of 15 free PDF readers Links to an external site.(though not all of them support highlighting and annotating). This resource from Reed CollegeLinks to an external site. It provides helpful tips for using Adobe Reader and Preview for Mac. Students can use Ctrl-F (the command for "find"), which helps find a particular point in a long PDF document.”
Overall, the book covers topics expected of nursing fundamentals textbooks. Some topics are developed very well such as therapeutic communication strategies, writing SMART outcomes, and highlighting Watson's caring theory. Other topics would... read more
Overall, the book covers topics expected of nursing fundamentals textbooks. Some topics are developed very well such as therapeutic communication strategies, writing SMART outcomes, and highlighting Watson's caring theory. Other topics would benefit from futher development such as the role of the nurse as the teacher applying learning theory principles to patient education. The text does a good job introducing the challenges faced by older adults, and would benefit readers by expanding on the developmental stages of other age groups. Only cursory references are made to theorists Piaget and Erikson.
No errors noted with the information. The authors successfully impart unbiased content with the exception of predominantly Caucasian images and models. Up to date information addresses the social determinants of health and health care disparities.
The electronic nature of this textbook allows for updating ease. The use of and emphasis on nursing diagnoses seems to be waning and this topic may be one of the areas of the textbook that will require modification.
Sections are succinct and easily readable. The glossaries and flash cards assist with mastering common medical terminology.
Each section is set up similarly. The reader can anticipate the review exercises at the conclusion of each section.
Each unit presents small "chunks" of information appropriately. The reader is not overwhelmed with a very large section under a single heading. I antipcate that learners would be more adherent with reading assignments using this format.
The arrangement of topics is done very well starting with a "big picture" of the nursing profession then gradually narrowing down to very specific topics.
The electronic version worked well for jumping from link to link. Some images had such high definition that every pore and blackhead was visible on the model's face. The learning activities also worked well. The pdf version contains many blank pages and more effort is required of the reader to try the links and explore the learning activities.
No grammar errors encountered.
The proportion of images and models that represent people of color is small. This could be shored up.
Nurse educators often classify teaching content as, "Need to know, nice to know, or nuts to know". This textbook exemplifies the "need to know" & has eliminated the superfluous and/or detailed content. Overall, I believe nursing students would be more likely to complete reading assignments from this textbook as it is succinct and provides activities that help solidify concepts.
The comprehensiveness of the text is sufficient. It includes all subjects our current text has. A benefit of the text is the instructor resources being readily available. Particularly, the NextGen instructor resources will be helpful. read more
The comprehensiveness of the text is sufficient. It includes all subjects our current text has. A benefit of the text is the instructor resources being readily available. Particularly, the NextGen instructor resources will be helpful.
The book is accurate and up to date with EBP.
The texts longevity and relevance are beneficial to the subject of nursing fundamentals.
The text is clear and concise.
The text is consistent with EBP.
The setup is beneficial to the user.
The organization of the text is easy to follow.
Easy to follow and no problems experienced with technology.
No grammatical errors discovered in the text.
No cultural insensitivities were found.
This is a great text for nursing fundamentals students. The readily available instructor resources are a plus, especially when helping students prepare for NextGen. The online text is user friendly and up to date with EBP. There is no cost to the student which is a massive benefit.
This text covers all the subjects of our current text with the additional easily available instructor resources. The topics were covered well and included activities that were very well laid out, including relevant case studies that will help with... read more
This text covers all the subjects of our current text with the additional easily available instructor resources. The topics were covered well and included activities that were very well laid out, including relevant case studies that will help with our Next Generation questions.
The book is accurate and covers all of the most updated evidenced based best practices.
Because of this format, updates are easy to add, a real plus for Nursing and it's frequent updates.
Although the text is sometimes dry, it is very clear and understandable to a student.
The framework and terminology within the text is consistent.
The Module setup is very user friendly, and easy to access.
The topics are organized in such a way that is consistent with how most schools approach Nursing Fundamentals as a course.
No problems were encountered with navigating throughout the text. The charts and activities were clear as well as the instructor resources and answer keys.
No grammatical errors were encountered.
No cultural insensitivities were found.
This text is an excellent resource for Nursing students. The many activities and resources woven within each chapter makes this an excellent products for all types of learners. Additionally, because Nursing texts are often updated to reflect best practices, an online text is much easier to update with little to no expense for the student.
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
Ancillary MaterialSubmit ancillary resource
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