Pearson Reviews & Rationales: Nursing Fundamentals, 4th Edition

Maryann Hogan

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Pearson Reviews & Rationales: Nursing Fundamentals, 4th Edition

By Maryann Hogan
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For courses covering nursing fundamentals, and/or preparing nursing students for the nursing fundamentals components of the NCLEX-RN examination. Aligned to the NCLEX-RN Test Plan!



Pearson Reviews & Rationales: Nursing Fundamentals with "Nursing Reviews & Rationales," 4th Edition provides a clear, concentrated, and up-to-date review of today's "need to know" knowledge for understanding nursing fundamentals. Developed by Mary Ann Hogan, RN and reviewed by a large team of nurse educators, this program can be used by current nursing students as a course study aid, for NCLEX-RN® exam preparation, or by practicing nurses seeking comprehensive yet concise review. Fully reflective of the NCLEX-RN® Test Plan, it begins with overviews of the nursing process, health assessment, communication, and professional standards; health promotion throughout the life span; and skills needed for safe practice. Next, it presents concise chapters on meeting basic human needs, as well as the needs of clients with pain; perioperative clients; and those with altered skin integrity, sensory perception, or mobility. The text concludes with a full chapter on safely administering medications and intravenous fluids.

MaryAnn Hogan, MSN, RN has been a Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has taught in diploma, associate degree, and baccalaureate nursing programs. A former item writer for the CAT NCLEX-RN® exam, Ms. Hogan has been teaching review courses throughout to a number of publications in the areas of adult health, pharmacology, and fundamentals of nursing. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing.

  • Helps prepare students for all nursing fundamentals covered on the NCLEX-RN® exam. Includes comprehensive yet concise coverage of the nursing process; health assessment; communication; professional standards; health promotion; administering medications and intravenous fluids; and meeting basic human needs. Individual chapters also cover the challenges of caring for patients with pain; perioperative clients; and those with altered skin integrity, sensory perception, or mobility.
  • Gives students comprehensive practice that helps them direct their study and build mastery. Contains pretests in each chapter, open-ended critical thinking "Practice to Pass" questions, chapter posttests, and hundreds of additional questions online. All NCLEX®-style questions contain comprehensive rationales for correct and incorrect answers, and are coded according to cognitive level of difficulty and NCLEX-RN® Test Plan categories of client need and integrated processes.
  • Offers exceptionally efficient and focused review of key concepts, terms, and techniques. Chapters start with clear objectives, include "Review at a Glance" glossaries of critical terms, and present multiple NCLEX Alerts identifying concepts that are especially likely to be tested.
  • Gives students additional opportunities to apply critical thinking and clinical reasoning. Includes case studies at the end of each chapter describing true-to-life client case situations and asking open-ended questions about how the student would provide care for this client and his or her family.
  • Provides additional last-minute "take-anywhere" preparation. Includes a popular tear-out reference card presenting frequently used facts and information, ideal for last-minute exam review as well as ongoing clinical work.

New to this edition

Complete update reflecting the 2016 NCLEX-¿RN® Test Plan

  • A comprehensive yet concentrated outline of nursing fundamentals prepares students to master all related content on the 2016 NCLEX-RN exam.
  • Revised chapter learning objectives, NCLEX® alerts, and a glossary of key terms target concepts likely to be tested on the NCLEX-RN exam.
  • A refreshed set of test-taking strategies provides dozens of techniques to help students improve their chances of success on the NCLEX-RN exam and beyond.

New or updated practice opportunities

  • Revised pre- and post-chapter tests with comprehensive rationales assess students’ mastery of chapter material following review and study.
  • Up-to-date Practice-to-Pass exercises stimulate critical thinking and reinforce chapter content.
  • Amended end-of-chapter critical thinking case studies describe real client situations and pose open-ended questions asking students how they would provide care for the client or their family.
  • An updated NursingNotes appendix with useful clinical information offers students a quick review and reference resource.

New! Access to Pearson Test Prep, a new online practice resource

  • Students can study with hundreds of NCLEX-style questions and detailed rationales on their computer or any mobile device.
  • Detailed reporting features identify where students are struggling so they can focus on improving in those areas.
  • Students can easily customize their practice exams to work on specific topics, types of questions, and areas of difficulty.
Table of contents
  • 1. The Nursing Process
  • 2. Overview of Health Assessment
  • 3. Overview of Communication
  • 4. Overview of Professional Standards
  • 5. Health Promotion Throughout the Lifespan
  • 6. Overview of Skills Necessary for Safe Practice
  • 7. Meeting Basic Human Needs
  • 8. Meeting Needs of Clients with Pain
  • 9. Meeting the Needs of Perioperative Clients
  • 10. Meeting Needs of Clients with Altered Skin Integrity, Sensory Perception, or Mobility
  • 11. Administering Medications and Intravenous Fluids