LPN to RN Transitions, 2nd Edition

LPN to RN Transitions, 2nd Edition


With all of the essential information you need to pursue your RN degree and practice as an RN, LPN to RN Transitions, 2nd Edition makes it easy to take the next step in your nursing career. This edition includes practical information on classroom study habits, professional writing, knowledge and skills acquisition, and more to help you succeed in everything from the classroom to clinical practice. Plus, seven new chapters provide the latest information for one complete, indispensable resource!
  • Past, Present and Future: Assessing Your Accomplishments chapter introduces topics covered throughout the book.
  • FYI boxes ensure you get the most from each chapter by highlighting important information.
  • Exercises test your knowledge of each chapter’s content to help you learn and retain information.
  • Critical Thinking Questions help you apply knowledge from the book to real-life situations and sharpen your critical thinking skills for clinical practice.
  • UNIQUE! Seven new chapters including: Basic Math Review: Preparing for Medication Calculations; Understanding the Nursing Process; Evidence Based Practice; Writing Professionally; Educational Pathways and Expanded Roles; Nursing Theory: Guiding Professional Practice; and Ethical and Legal Considerations.
Part One: Transitioning to the Student Role

Section 1: Understanding Yourself

1. Past, Present, and Future: Assessing Your Accomplishments

2. Identifying Individual Tools

3. Personal Empowerment Skills

Section 2: Becoming a Successful Student

4. Classroom Study Habits That Work

5. Arranging and Accessing Support for Your Professional Move

6. Basic Math Review: Preparing for Medication Calculations – NEW!

7. Writing Professionally – NEW!

Part Two: Transitioning to the Registered Nurse Role

Section 3: Understanding the Difference Between LPN and RN

8. Role Transition

9. Nursing: Past and Present Influences

10. Educational Pathways and Expanded Roles – NEW!

Part Three: The RN as Provider of Care

Section 4: Foundational Concepts

11. Nursing Theory: Guiding Professional Practice – NEW!

12. Understanding the Nursing Process – NEW!

13. Thinking and Judgment

Section 5: Incorporating Knowledge Into Practice

14. Knowledge and Skill Acquisition

15. Evidence-Based Practice – NEW!

Section 6: Essential Functions

16. The RN as a Communicator

17. The RN as a Teacher

Part Four: The RN as Manager of Care

Section 7: Managing the Consumer in the Health-Illness Continuum

18. The RN as a Manager of Care

19. Primary Health Care: Factors Influencing Health Promotion

20. Managing Care in Secondary and Tertiary Health Care

Part Five: The RN as Member of the Discipline

Section 8: Implementing the Member of the Discipline Role

21. The RN as Researcher

22. Ethical and Legal Considerations – NEW!

23. Putting It All Together

Appendix A: Math Practice Problem Answers

Appendix B: A Patient’s Bill of Rights

Appendix C: NANDA Nursing Diagnoses
Lora Claywell, MSN, RN, Director of Academic Initiatives, Digital Med, Inc., St. Louis, MO


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