ISBN: 9781437706994
Page Count: 280
Imprint: Saunders
List Price: $40.95

Strategies, Techniques, and Approaches to Thinking - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 4th Edition

by Sandra Luz Martinez de Castillo, EdD, RN
Elsevier eBook on VitalSource
ISBN: 9781437706994
Page Count: 280
Imprint: Saunders
List Price: $40.95
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Designed to help beginning students develop critical thinking skills for nursing practice, this worktext presents over 80 realistic case studies and scenarios commonly encountered in the clinical setting. Using a straightforward approach and a variety of learning methods, it establishes a fundamental knowledge base and reinforces key concepts and principles. Guiding you through the application, analysis, and synthesis of knowledge in clinical situations, you will also learn how to integrate the nursing process as it applies to critical thinking. Covers timely issues such as delegation, prioritization, documentation/charting, and patient safety.
    • Includes over 80 progressive cases that build as complications occur and encourage critical thinking skills in the clinical setting.
    • Case studies address important issues in current practice, including leadership and delegation, pharmacology, culture, bioterrorism, and environmental disasters.
    • Review questions reinforce case study applications and prepare you for test taking.
    • Includes evaluation learning activities that cover topics such as drug therapy, decision-making, and priority setting to help you apply critical thinking skills.
    • Section on “Applying Critical Thinking Skills to Clinical Situations” features new case scenarios exposing you to more advanced clinical situations and addressing those key skills and behaviors critical for nursing practice.
    • Highlights prioritization and delegation content to reinforce the importance of prioritizing and delegating in the workplace.
    • Continued case studies on Evolve provide more in-depth information for continuation of selected key case studies in the book and allow you to cover more advanced concepts.
    • Supplemental audio content on Evolve features heart and lung sounds, reporting, and patient communication related to selected cases to help students become familiar with hearing (not just seeing) common reports, communications, and clinical heart and lung sounds.
    • NCLEX® exam-style review questions on Evolve now include new alternate-item format questions along with the traditional multiple-choice questions.
  • Section One – Cognitive-Building Critical Thinking Activities

    Professional Nursing Practice

    Vital Signs




    Blood Pressure

    Body Mechanics


    Infection Control/Transmission of Organisms

    Skin Integrity*


    Reporting Patient Status*

    Introduction to the Assessment Process

    Basic Physical Assessment



    Cultural Aspects of Nursing

    Introduction to Formulating a Nursing Diagnosis

    Formulating a Nursing Diagnosis

    Assessment of the Elderly Patient

    Caring for the Surgical Patient

    Wound Assessment

    Wound Dressings

    The Patient with Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalance

    Elimination – Urinary

    Elimination – Bowel

    General Nutrition

    Gastrointestinal Tract

    Diabetes Mellitus

    Complication of Diabetes Mellitus

    Insulin Therapy

    Legal Considerations in Nursing Practice

    Review Questions

    Section Two – Priority-Setting and Decision-Making Activities

    Standards of Professional Performance

    The Patient Undergoing Surgery

    The Patient with an Intestinal Obstruction

    The Patient with a Colostomy

    The Patient with Colon Cancer

    The Patient with Total Parenteral Nutrition

    The Patient with Cirrhosis of the Liver

    The Patient with Hepatic Encephalopathy

    The Patient with Diabetes Mellitus

    The Patient Undergoing Hemodialysis

    The Patient with Peripheral Arterial Disease

    The Patient with Chest Pain

    The Patient with Heart Failure*

    The Patient with a Stroke

    The Patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

    The Patient with a Chest Tube

    The Patient with Urosepsis

    The Patient with a Transurethral Resection of the Prostate

    The Patient Receiving a Blood Transfusion

    The Patient with Neutropenia

    The Patient with a Hip Fracture

    The Patient with a Fractured Tibia

    The Patient with Cataract Surgery

    The Patient with a Seizure Disorder

    The Patient with a Do-Not-Resuscitate Order

    Legal Considerations

    Section Three – Applying the Critical Thinking Model

    Clinical Situation #1

    Clinical Situation #2

    Clinical Situation #3

    Clinical Situation #4

    Clinical Situation #5

    Clinical Situation #6

    Clinical Situation #7

    Clinical Situation #8

    Clinical Situation #9*

    Clinical Situation #10

    Clinical Situation #11

    Clinical Situation #12

    Clinical Situation #13

    Clinical Situation #14

    Clinical Situation #15

    Clinical Situation #16

    Clinical Situation #17

    Clinical Situation #18

    Clinical Situation #19

    Clinical Situation #20

    Clinical Situation #21

    Clinical Situation #22

    Section Four – Management and Leadership

    1. Working with Staff

    2. Dealing with Change

    3. Delegation and Problem-Solving

    4. Ethical Dilemma

    5. Professional Performance and Evaluation

    6. Working with a Culturally Diverse Staff

    Section Five – Applying Critical Thinking Skills to Test Questions

    Section Six – Quality Nursing Practice

    1. Situation #1

    2. Situation #2

    3. Situation #3

    Answer Key


    Appendix A – List of Abbreviations

    Appendix B – List of Words and Phrases Commonly Used in the Book and Their Intended Meaning

    * Continuing case study included on Evolve
  • Sandra Luz Martinez de Castillo, EdD, RN, Director of the Nursing Program, Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, California
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