Medical-Surgical Nursing, 8th Edition

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Medical-Surgical Nursing, 8th Edition


Using a unique collaborative care approach to adult health nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing: Patient-Centered Collaborative Care, 8th Edition covers the essential knowledge you need to succeed at the RN level of practice. Easy-to-read content includes evidence-based treatment guidelines, an enhanced focus on QSEN competencies, and an emphasis on developing clinical judgment skills. This edition continues the book’s trendsetting tradition with increased LGBTQ content and a new Care of Transgender Patients chapter. Written by nursing education experts Donna Ignatavicius and M. Linda Workman, this bestselling text also features NCLEX® Exam-style challenge questions to prepare you for success on the NCLEX Exam. Cutting-edge coverage of the latest trends in nursing practice and nursing education prepares you not just for today’s nursing practice but also for tomorrow’s.

    • UNIQUE! Collaborative care approach organizes all medical, surgical, nursing, and other interventions within the framework of the nursing process, mirroring the nurse’s role in the coordination/management of care in the real world of medical-surgical nursing.
    • UNIQUE! A focus on nursing concepts relates concepts learned in Nursing Fundamentals with the disorders you will study in Medical-Surgical Nursing.
    • Easy to read, direct-address writing style makes this one of the most readable medical-surgical nursing textbooks available.
    • UNIQUE! A focus on QSEN emphasizes patient safety and evidence-based practice with Nursing Safety Priority boxes including Drug Alerts, Critical Rescues, and Action Alerts.
    • UNIQUE! Emphasis on clinical judgment teaches you to develop skills in clinical reasoning and clinical decision-making when applying concepts to clinical situations, with Clinical Judgment Challenge questions throughout the chapters.
    • An emphasis on prioritization stresses the most important patient problems and nursing interventions, with patient problems presented in a single prioritized list of nursing diagnoses and collaborative problems. 
    • UNIQUE! NCLEX preparation tools include chapter-opening Learning Outcomes and chapter-ending Get Ready for the NCLEX Examination! sections organized by NCLEX® Client Needs Categories, plus NCLEX Examination Challenge questions, with an answer key in the back of the book and on the Evolve companion website.
    • Practical learning aids include NCLEX Examination Challenges, Clinical Judgment Challenges, Best Practice for Patient Safety & Quality Care charts, common examples of drug therapy, concept maps, laboratory profiles, and more.
    • A clear alignment with the language of clinical practice reflects the real world of nursing practice with NANDA diagnostic labels where they make sense, and non-NANDA diagnostic labels when these are more common descriptions of patient problems. 
    • Student Resources on an Evolve companion website help you prepare for class, clinicals, or lab with video and audio clips, animations, case studies, a concept map creator, NCLEX exam-style review questions, and more. 
    • UNIQUE! Concentration on essential knowledge for the RN level of medical-surgical nursing practice focuses your attention on need-to-know content to pass the NCLEX Examination and practice safety as a beginning nurse.
      • NEW! Enhanced focus on QSEN (Quality and Safety Education for Nurses) competencies includes new icons identifying QSEN competency material and new Quality Improvement boxes describing projects that made a dramatic difference in patient outcomes. 
      • UPDATED learning features include an expanded emphasis on developing clinical judgment skills; on prioritization, delegation, and supervision skills; on long-term care issues; and on preparation for the NCLEX® Examination and consistency with the 2013 NCLEX-RN® Test Plan
      • NEW! UNIQUE! Care of Transgender Patients chapter discusses the unique health care needs and issues specific to the transgender community.
      • Improved delineation of NANDA-I nursing diagnoses clearly differentiate NANDA diagnoses from collaborative problems.
      • NEW photos and drawings show patient care skills as well as the latest in nursing education and practice.

      Unit 1: Foundations for Medical-Surgical Nursing 1. Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice 2. Common Health Problems of Older Adults 3. Assessment and Care of Patients with Pain 4. Genetic Concepts for Medical-Surgical Nursing 5. Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care 6. Rehabilitation Concepts for Chronic and Disabling Health Problems 7. End-of-Life Care

      Unit II: Concepts of Emergency Care and Disaster Preparedness 8. Concepts of Emergency and Trauma Nursing 9. Care of Patients with Common Environmental Emergencies 10. Concepts of Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

      Unit III: Management of Patients with Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Imbalances 11. Assessment and Care of Patients with Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalances 12. Assessment and Care of Patients with Acid-Base Imbalances 13. Infusion Therapy

      Unit IV: Management of Perioperative Patients 14. Care of Preoperative Patients 15. Care of Intraoperative Patients 16. Care of Postoperative Patients

      Concept Overview: Protection

      Unit V: Problems of Protection: Management of Patients with Problems of the Immune System 17. Inflammation and Immunity 18. Care of Patients with Arthritis and Other Connective Tissue Diseases 19. Care of Patients with HIV Disease and Other Immunodeficiencies 20. Care of Patients with Immune Function Excess: Hypersensitivity (Allergy) and Autoimmunity 21. Cancer Development 22. Care of Patients with Cancer 23. Care of Patients with Infection

      Unit VI: Problems of Protection: Management of Patients with Problems of the Skin, Hair, and Nails 24. Assessment of the Skin, Hair, and Nails 25. Care of Patients with Skin Problems 26. Care of Patients with Burns

      Concept Overview: Oxygenation and Tissue Perfusion

      Unit VII: Problems of Oxygenation: Management of Patients with Problems of the Respiratory Tract 27. Assessment of the Respiratory System 28. Care of Patients Requiring Oxygen Therapy or Tracheostomy 29. Care of Patients with Noninfectious Upper Respiratory Problems 30. Care of Patients with Noninfectious Lower Respiratory Problems 31. Care of Patients with Infectious Respiratory Problems 32. Care of Critically Ill Patients with Respiratory Problems

      Unit VIII: Problems of Cardiac Output and Tissue Perfusion: Management of Patients with Problems of the Cardiovascular System 33. Assessment of the Cardiovascular System 34. Care of Patients with Dysrhythmias 35. Care of Patients with Cardiac Problems 36. Care of Patients with Vascular Problems 37. Care of Patients with Shock 38. Care of Patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes

      Unit IX: Problems of Tissue Perfusion: Management of Patients with Problems of the Hematologic System 39. Assessment of the Hematologic System 40. Care of Patients with Hematologic Problems

      Concept Overview: Mobility, Sensory Perception, and Cognition

      Unit X: Problems of Cognition, Mobility, and Sensory Perception: Management of Patients with Problems of the Nervous System 41. Assessment of the Nervous System 42. Care of Patients with Problems of the Central Nervous System: The Brain 43. Care of Patients with Problems of the Central Nervous System: The Spinal Cord 44. Care of Patients with Problems of the Peripheral Nervous System 45. Care of Critically Ill Patients with Neurologic Problems

      Unit XI: Problems of Sensation: Management of Patients with Problems of the Sensory System 46. Assessment of the Eye and Vision 47. Care of Patients with Eye and Vision Problems 48. Assessment and Care of Patients with Ear and Hearing Problems

      Unit XII: Problems of Mobility: Managem

      Donna D. Ignatavicius, MS, RN, ANEF, Speaker and Curriculum Consultant for Academic Nursing Programs;
      Founder, Boot Camp for Nurse Educators;
      President, DI Associates, Inc.
      Placitas, New Mexico and M. Linda Workman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Formerly, Gertrude Perkins Oliva Professor of Oncology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio


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