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Fundamentals of Nursing 4e

ISBN-13: 9781435480674 / ISBN-10: 1435480678

Sue Carter DeLaune, S DeLaune Consulting
Patricia Kelly Ladner, Lousiana State Board of Nursing
Published by Cengage Learning, ©2011
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FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING, Fourth Edition provides comprehensive coverage of fundamental nursing concepts, skills and standards of practice that will challenge your introductory nursing students to learn and apply critical thinking skills for culturally diverse populations in a variety of environments. Research, evidence-based practice and emerging practice issues are highlighted to help your students prepare for delivering care across a continuum of settings. This book highlights the core themes of nursing for your students, including nurse, person, health and environment.


  • Explores the evolution of the nursing profession, including an in-depth discussion of informatics and its impact on nursing documentation and adds new Delegation Tips to accompany every procedure, showing students how leadership and management skills are put into practice.
  • Presents evidence-based research, using boxes featuring the latest research that appear in all clinical chapters and in other applicable chapters, such as Nursing Theory.
  • Shows the big picture by grouping related concepts so the student can easily see the connection among topics, such as safety, hygiene and infection control.
  • Encourages critical thinking through the use of new discussion topics at the end of each chapter that stimulate classroom discussion and enhance problem solving.
  • Provides availability to robust online resources with an Online Companion packed with Concept Maps corresponding to Nursing Care Plans in the book, as well as links to Delmar’s WebTutor Toolbox. A Robust CD-ROM free with the text includes NCLEX style quizzes, 3-D animations, an audio library of medical terminology, heart and lung sounds and games.

1. Evolution of Nursing and Nursing Education.
2. Nursing Theory.
3. Research and Evidence-Based Practice.
4. Health Care Delivery, Quality, and Continuum of Care.
5. Critical Thinking, Decision Making, and Nursing Process.
6. Assessment.
7. Nursing Diagnosis.
8. Planning and Outcome Identification.
9. Implementation.
10. Evaluation.
11. Leadership, Delegation, and Power.
12. Legal and Ethical Responsibilities.
13. Documentation and Informatics.
14. Nursing, Healing, and Caring.
15. Communication.
16. Health and Wellness Promotion.
17. Family and Community Health.
18. The Life Cycle.
19. The Older Adult.
20. Cultural Diversity.
21. Client Education.
22. Self-Concept.
23. Stress, Anxiety, Adaptation, and Change.
24. Spirituality.
25. Loss and Grief.
26. Vital Signs.
27. Physical Assessment.
28. Diagnostic Testing.
29. Safety, Infection Control, and Hygiene.
30. Medication Administration.
31. Complementary and Alternative Modalities.
32. Oxygenation.
33. Fluids and Electrolytes.
34. Nutrition.
35. Comfort and Sleep.
36. Mobility.
37. Skin Integrity and Wound Healing.
38. Sensation, Perception, and Cognition
39. Elimination.
40. Nursing Care of the Perioperative Client.
  • The addition of substantial content on nursing informatics to Chapter 13, Documentation and Informatics.
  • Includes Spotlight On, a new feature that focuses attention on issues related to caring and compassion, legal/ethical and professional components of nursing practice.
  • Adds Respecting Our Differences, which challenges the student to consider approaches to respectful care for clients who may differ from themselves in a variety of areas, including culture, gender, age, and developmental levels.
  • NCLEX style review questions added to the end of every chapter and on the free CD-ROM included with the text. The CD-ROM also includes 3-D animations that illustrate difficult concepts, an audio library of medical terminology, heart and lung sounds and games.
  • "Safety First " a new feature that identifies client health and safety issues and the appropriate response to a critical situation.
Sue Carter DeLaune
Sue C. DeLaune is currently the Education Director of S DeLaune Consulting, an independent continuing education business in Mandeville, Louisiana. She is also Assistance Professor of Nursing at William Carey University, New Orleans, Louisiana, where she provides didactic and clinical instruction to students in fundamentals of nursing. Ms. DeLaune has taught nursing in diploma, associate degree and baccalaureate schools of nursing, as well as in RN-degree completion programs. With over thirty five years experience as a clinician, administrator and educator, she has taught fundamentals of nursing, psychiatric/mental health nursing, nursing leadership and research, professionalism, issues and trends and nursing ethics courses. She also presents seminars and workshops that help nurses to maintain competency in the areas of communication, leadership and teambuilding skills, client education, and stress management. Ms. DeLaune is the author of several other books, including CLINICALCONFERENCES AS TEACHING STRATEGIES, ANXIETY AND DISSOCIATIVE DISORDERS, PERSONALITY DISORDERS, VIOLENCE IN PSYCHIATRIC SETTINGS AND SOMATOFORM AND SLEEP DISORDERS. Ms. Delaune holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Degree from Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana and a Masters Degree in Nursing from Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International, Upsilon Theta Chapter and has been recognized as one of the Great 100 Nurses by the New Orleans District Nurses Association.

Patricia Kelly Ladner
Patricia K. Ladner, after retiring from forty years of nursing in 2005, has served as the Volunteer Coordinator for three Catholic Churches in DeLisle, Mississippi, Katrina Recovery. Following Katrina, she has presented numerous workshops on Infection Control and Dealing with Loss, as well as coordinating the activities of volunteers from many states. She is a former Consultant for Nursing Practice in the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and has taught nursing in diploma and associate degree schools of nursing prior to her retirement. Ms. Ladner has been recognized as one of the Great 100 Nurses by the New Orleans District Nurses Association and is a 2009 Caring Woman Honoree by the Biloxi Regional Medical Center and Cable One. Ms. Ladner holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Marillac College, St. Louis, Missouri, a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Troy State University, Troy, Alabama and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.