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    Nursing Fundamentals

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    Kimberly Ernstmeyer, Chippewa Valley Technical College

    Elizabeth Christman, Chippewa Valley Technical College

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    ISBN 13: 9781734914146

    Publisher: WI Technical Colleges Open Press

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Sophan Theam, Assistant Professor, North Shore Community College on 5/25/24

    The Nursing Fundamentals OER surprisingly has every component and topic that is covered in the current textbook used at my college which students are required to purchase. Not only does it cover all of the necessary subjects related to Nursing... read more

    Reviewed by Jennifer Riggs, Professional Specialist, Saint Mary's College on 12/12/23

    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

    Reviewed by Eileen Weatherby, Nursing Instructor (PhD, MS, MBA, CNE), Normandale Community College on 5/20/23

    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

    Reviewed by Bailey Kuhlman, Instructor, Pittsburg State University on 1/9/23

    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

    Reviewed by Carol Blanchard, Instructor, North Shore Community College on 11/9/22

    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

    Reviewed by Bonnie Wilkinson, Primary Faculty, Nursing Assistant, Clackamas Community College on 12/29/21

    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

    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

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