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Basic Geriatric Nursing - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 6th Edition
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Basic Geriatric Nursing - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 6th Edition

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Prepare for a successful career in caring for geriatric populations with Williams’ Basic Geriatric Nursing, 6th Edition. This easy-to-read bestseller includes the latest information on health care policy and insurance practices, and presents the theories and concepts of aging and appropriate nursing interventions with an emphasis on health promotion. Part of the popular LPN/LVN Threads series, it provides opportunities for enhanced learning with additional figures, an interactive new Study Guide on Evolve, and real-world clinical scenarios that help you apply concepts to practice.

  • Complete coverage of key topics includes baby boomers and the impact of their aging on the health care system, therapeutic communication, cultural considerations, spiritual influences, evidence-based practice in geriatric nursing, and elder abuse, restraints, and ethical and legal issues in end-of-life care.

  • UNIQUE! Delegation, leadership, and management content is integrated throughout.

  • Nursing Process sections provide a framework for the discussion of the nursing care of the elderly patient as related to specific disorders.

  • UNIQUE! A FREE Study Guide in the back of the book reinforces understanding with scenario-based clinical activities and practice questions.

  • UNIQUE! Nursing interventions are numbered and grouped according to health care setting (e.g., acute care, extended care, home care), in a patient-centered approach emphasizing the unique needs of the older adult.

  • UNIQUE! Nursing Care Plans with critical thinking questions help in understanding how a care plan is developed, how to evaluate care of a patient, and how to apply your knowledge to clinical scenarios.

  • UNIQUE! Critical Thinking boxes help you to assimilate and synthesize information.

  • Clinical Situation boxes present patient scenarios with lessons for appropriate nursing care and patient sensitivity.

  • Coordinated Care boxes address such topics as restraints, elder abuse, and end-of-life care as related to responsibilities of nursing assistants and other health care workers who are supervised by LPN/LVNs.

  • UNIQUE! Complementary and Alternative Therapies boxes address specific therapies commonly used by the geriatric population for health promotion and pain relief.

  • Cultural Considerations boxes encourage culturally sensitive care of older adults.

  • UNIQUE! Patient Teaching boxes highlight health promotion, disease prevention, and age-specific interventions.

  • UNIQUE! LPN Threads make learning easier, featuring an appropriate reading level, key terms with phonetic pronunciations and text page references, chapter objectives, special features boxes, and full-color art, photographs, and design.
  • Updated discussion of issues and trends includes demographic factors and economic, social, cultural, and family influences.

  • UNIQUE! Safety Alert! boxes highlight 2010-2011 Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals, with special consideration for polypharmacy and medication safety, communication and involving patients in their own health care, and infection, pneumonia, pressure ulcer, and fall prevention.

  • UNIQUE! Get Ready for the NCLEX® Examination! section at the end of each chapter includes key points along with new Review Questions for the NCLEX examination and critical thinking which may be used for individual, small group, or classroom review.

  • UNIQUE! Streamlined coverage of nutrition and fluid balance integrates these essential topics.
Unit One: Overview of Aging
1. Trends and Issues
2. Theories of Aging
3. Physiologic Changes
Unit Two: Basic Skills for Gerontologic Nursing
4. Health Promotion, Health Maintenance, and Home Health Considerations
5. Communicating with Older Adults
6. Maintaining Fluid Balance and Meeting Nutrition Needs
7. Medications and Older Adults
8. Health Assessment for Older Adults
9. Meeting Safety Needs of Older Adults
Unit Three: Psychosocial Care of the Elderly
10. Cognition and Perception
11. Self-Perception and Self-Concept
12. Roles and Relationships
13. Coping and Stress
14. Values and Beliefs
15. End-of-Life Care
16. Sexuality and Aging
Unit Four: Physical Care of the Elderly
17. Care of Aging Skin and Mucous Membranes
18. Elimination
19. Activity and Exercise
20. Sleep and Rest
Appendices
Appendix A: Laboratory Values for Older Adults
Appendix B: The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)
Appendix C: Dietary Information for Older Adults
Appendix D: Resources for Older Adults
Bibliography
Reader References
Glossary
Index
Patricia A. Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN, Formerly, Nursing Educator
University of California Medical Center
San Francisco, California;
Alumnus, iSAGE Mini Fellowship Program
Successful Aging Project
Stanford University Medical School
Stanford, California

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