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Paper text Highlights:
- 300+ pages
- 6 practical worksheets to strengthen learning of lab values and pharmacology
- 5 clinical reasoning case studies that will strengthen learning through application of essential content (electronic PDF supplement/download)
- Professionally bound paperback book 8.5 x 11
- 16 chapters divided in four parts. Each has a unique emphasis that makes it possible to integrate transformational change which will strengthen student learning and facilitate transition to practice!
- Emphasizes application of content as well as reflection through questions at the end of each chapter.
- Supported by more than 200 references and reviewed by six nursing faculty, including a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).
- Flow follows the natural progression of students (Practical/RN) from pre-nursing/fundamental all the way to graduation!
Part I: Is Nursing for You?
- Do you have what it takes to be a nurse? Simple quiz with reflections that get to the heart of successful nursing. Identify areas of weakness so students can convert them to a strength!
- How to THRIVE, not merely survive while a student. Practical principles that will help decrease student stress and anxiety while a student.
Part II: Preparing for Practice
- How to integrate the “art” of nursing into students’ practice. Help your students see the patient, not just the tasks to provide authentic, holistic care.
- Two questions that must be asked to every student in the clinical setting to help develop caring and the “art” of nursing.
- Students are members of a profession. Defining and explaining incivility is clearly presented so student’s can live out the values and ethics of the nursing profession.
- What is the most important thing students must know about every medication administered? The short answer…the mechanism of action. My book explains why.
- What lab values are most important? Create a plan of care around a relevant abnormal lab value. This is a practical nurse thinking skill that is not taught in most textbooks. My book explains how and why.
Part III: Essentials of Clinical Practice
- How to think like a nurse. There are four specific ways a nurse must think to provide safe care and set priorities at the bedside. Do your students know what they are?
- Why clinical reasoning is the essence of nurse thinking. If emphasized and integrated, it also will help bring transformation to your program! Your students will be prepared for practice when they deeply understand this nurse thinking skill.
- How to think like a nurse in 12 sequential steps. Learn and apply my unique strategy to simplify this essential nurse thinking skill in the clinical setting.
- How does an experienced nurse perform a head-to-toe assessment? How does a nurse juggle competing priorities and manage time with multiple patients? How can you communicate effectively with a physician in the middle of the night? I answer these questions, and more!
Part IV: Starting Your Nursing Career
- How to help students get their first position after they pass the NCLEX. How do you nail your interview to make the best impression?
- What does it take to progress and become an expert nurse? How does a nurse lead and be an effective charge nurse if this role is expected?
- “Pearls of Practice” from experienced nurses and physicians to guide and strengthen your development as a new nurse.