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Essentials for Nursing Practice - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource (Retail Access Card), 8th Edition


Taking all the expert nursing content and student-friendly features of Potter and Perry’s Fundamentals text and streamlining it into a shorter format, Essentials for Nursing Practice, 8th Edition is the perfect choice to help busy nursing students master all the fundamental nursing principles in less time! This new 8th edition contains the nursing principles, concepts, skills, and easy-to-follow format that nursing students have come to love about Potter and Perry’s Basic Nursing — all updated with the latest information, visuals, and learning features. Plus, this reinvigorated Essentials text is streamlined and re-designed to work better with the rest of your books. It also comes with a wide array of online learning tools (free with book purchase) to help you master the important nursing concepts and skills with ease.

  • The 5-step nursing process provides you with a constant framework for all the clinical chapters.
  • Unique! Improved readability makes it easy to understand key concepts.
  • Care Plans demonstrate the application of the 5-step nursing process to individual patient problems.
  • Companion CD helps you learn and apply textbook content with tutorials, audio glossaries, and video clips highlighting different skills.
  • Audio chapter summaries allow for easy content review, even on the go.
  • English/Spanish audio glossary provides definitions and explanations of key terms.
  • Unique! Video icons direct you to videos of skills on the Evolve website for additional practice.
  • Each skill includes unexpected outcomes and related interventions to alert you to what might go wrong and how to react.
  • Key terms reinforce key points in the text and familiarize you with the language of nursing and health care.
  • Unique! Synthesis in Practice boxes tie case studies to appropriate theory, helping you gain insight into the how? and why? of nursing care.
  • Unique! Evaluation boxes provide you with a follow-up to case studies and help you relate the situation to actual practice.
  • Best Practice boxes relate how research can be applied to everyday practice.
  • Patient Teaching boxes instruct you how to best teach a patient about self-care.
  • Care of the Older Adult boxes highlight changes that occur with aging and how they affect delivery of nursing care.
  • Cultural Focus boxes alert you to care issues unique to people of specific cultural backgrounds.
  • Delegation coverage teaches you to delegate appropriately for comprehensive, safe patient care.
  • Key points summarize the most important information and act as a quick refresher tool.
  • Review questions prepare you for the NCLEX® examination.
  • Critical thinking exercises relate real scenarios to those you will encounter in clinicals and practice.
  • Chapter on evidence-based practice shows how to use research to achieve the best possible outcomes.
  • Chapter on informatics and documentation covers use of key resources and sets standards for understanding and updating the patient record.
  • Unique! Chapter case studies demonstrate how key nursing diagnoses affect specific patients.
  • Addresses the QSEN competencies for quality care and safe practice.
  • Unique! Concept maps make abstract processes clear and concrete.
  • Unique! Safety guidelines focus on safe and effective skills performance.
  • Skills are separated at the end of Clinical chapters to increase readability.


1. Health and Wellness

2. The Health Care Delivery System

3. Community-Based Nursing Practice

4. Legal Principles in Nursing

5. Ethics

6. Evidence-Based Practice  NEW!


7. Critical Thinking

8. Nursing Process

9. Informatics and Documentation

10. Communication

11. Patient Education

12. Managing Patient Care


13. Infection Prevention and Control 

14. Vital Signs

15. Health Assessment and Physical Examination

16. Administering Medications

17. Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balances


18. Caring in Nursing Practice

19. Cultural Diversity

20. Spiritual Health

21. Growth and Development

22. Self-Concept and Sexuality

23. Family Context in Nursing

24. Stress and Coping

25. Loss and Grief


26. Exercise and Activity

27. Safety

28. Hygiene

29. Oxygenation

30. Sleep

31. Pain Management

32. Nutrition

33. Urinary Elimination

34. Bowel Elimination

35. Immobility

36. Skin Integrity and Wound Care

37. Sensory Alterations

38. Surgical Patient

Patricia A. Potter, RN, MSN, PhD, FAAN, Director of Research, Patient Care Services
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis, MO, Anne Griffin Perry, RN, EdD, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Nursing, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, Patricia Stockert, RN, BSN, MS, PhD, President of the College, Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing, Peoria, IL and Amy Hall, RN, BSN, MS, PhD, CNE, Chair and White Family Endowed Professor of Nursing, Dunigan Family Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Evansville, Evansville, IN
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