Conceptual Foundations: The Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice, 5th Edition provides the background you need to succeed in your role as a professional nurse. It discusses the concepts that define the nursing profession, covering everything from the history of nursing to current challenges in the profession. Expert educators Joan L. Creasia, PhD, RN, and Elizabeth E. Friberg, MSN, RN, bring together the best minds of nursing for an in-depth look at the profession's major theories, practices, and principles.
Part I: The Context of Professional Nursing Practice 1. Historical Development of Professional Nursing in the United States 2. Pathways of Nursing Education 3. Socialization to Professional Nursing 4. Professional Nursing Roles 5. Theories and Frameworks for Professional Nursing Practice 6. Health Policy and Planning and the Nursing Practice Environment 7. Economic Issues in Nursing and Healthcare Part II: Dimensions of Professional Nursing Practice 8. Communication Skills and Techniques 9. Critical Thinking, Clinical Judgment, and the Nursing Process 10. Challenges in Teaching and Learning 11. Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice 12. Ethical Dimensions of Nursing and Health Care 13. Health Care Informatics Part III: Themes in Professional Nursing Practice 14. Diversity in Health and Illness 15. Health and Health Promotion 16. Genetics and Genomics in Professional Nursing 17. Rural Health Concepts 18. Intimate Partner Violence as a Health Care Problem 19. Vulnerable Populations 20. Patient Safety