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Contemporary practical/vocational nursing
Kurzen, Corrine R.
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Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Philadelphia, PA : Lippincott, [2001]

Physical Description:
xv, 429 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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RT62 .K87 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This thoroughly updated text provides the most current examination of the foundations of contemporary practical/vocational nursing. Topics covered include: historical observations; a study of nursing theory; nursing process; nursing care plans; health care delivery and nursing care delivery methods; discussion of the LPN/LVN career, including responsibilities of practice and leadership and management skills; a presentation on job-seeking skills and current issues; and more. New to this edition are: a chapter on communication; discussions of community-based practice setting discussion; additional photos, graphics and subheadings; and two new recurring features: Communication Skills and Web-based resources.

Author Notes

Corrine R. Kurzen, MEd, MSN, RN: Director, Community Partnerships, School District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

Unit I Getting Started
1 Adjusting to Student Lifep. 3
2 The Student Nurse as a Personp. 34
3 Communication Skillsp. 58
4 Education for Nursingp. 80
5 The NCLEX-PNp. 101
Unit II Understanding Your Profession
6 Nursing From Past to Presentp. 117
7 The Health Care Systemp. 136
8 The Health Care Teamp. 161
9 Providing Patient Carep. 181
Unit III Preparing for Successful Practice
10 Ethical Issues in Health Carep. 217
11 Legally Responsible Nursing Practicep. 236
12 Leadership Skillsp. 255
13 Management Skillsp. 275
Unit IV Moving Forward
14 Beginning Your Nursing Careerp. 297
15 Current Issues and Future Concernsp. 330
A Stress Management Techniquesp. 359
B Controlled Substances--Uses and Effectsp. 363
C Common Sexually Transmitted Diseasesp. 367
D Andrews/Boyle Transcultural Nursing Assessment Guidep. 370
E Directory of Nursing and Health-Related Organizationsp. 376
F NFLPN Nursing Practice Standards for the Licensed Practical/Vocational Nursep. 387
G NAPNES Standards of Practice for Licensed Practical/Vocational Nursesp. 391
H NLN Entry-Level Competencies of Graduates of Educational Programs in Practical Nursingp. 393
I Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Dictionary of Termsp. 396
Indexp. 399