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High Acuity Nursing - 4th edition

High Acuity Nursing (ISBN10: 0131245082; ISBN13: 9780131245082)
ISBN13: 978-0131245082
ISBN10: 0131245082

Summary: The Fourth Edition of High Acuity Nursing delivers essential understanding of complex patients and instructs both students and nurses on how to provide nursing care in varied clinical settings. Broken down into a series of learner-focused, High Acuity Nursing takes complex information and presents it in smaller, more accessible chunks that promote easier mastery by readers. As the modules progress in difficulty, this text addresses the multiple-system problems tha moret nurses face when caring for high acuity patients. With a focus on concepts and principles that can be applied across practice settings and patient populations, High Acuity Nursing, Fourth Edition is a learner-friendly approach that will help nurses and nursing students master the concepts and confidence necessary to succeed in today's health care settings.


  • General concepts module-Relocated topics of organ donation, pain, psychosocial issues, and fluid and electrolytes to this module.
    • Places general concept material that can be used and integrated into all modules in one place for easy cross-referencing.
  • Module on consciousness-(Formerly called Responsiveness). Includes more pathophysiology, new diagnostic tests and drug therapies.
    • Provides students with completely updated and expanded content.
  • Cerebral dysfunction module-Now addresses abnormalities related to disturbances cerebral bloodflow.
    • Provides students with abnormal as well as normal findings.
  • Cardiac module-Includes expanded discussion of thrombolytics and non-invasive and semi-invasive procedures.
    • Provides students with cutting edge cardiac procedures.
  • Interactive Instructor's Manual-Free upon adoption. Useful tool with additional cases and activities for the instructor to help facilitate the use of the text in the classroom. Take Home Cases: To be utilized by students in pre-class preparation, cases encourage students to focus on the critical module information during reading. Classroom Activities : Provides additional cases that allow a structured yet interactive teaching environment. Class discussions can be focused around analysis and application of cases. Class Content Support Activities: Clinical Foci activities focus on clinical assessment of the patient with a particular problem.
    • Helps the instructor create an interactive learning environment and challenges students to critically think about and apply chapter content.
  • Self-contained modules.
    • Allows students to use the book across courses; allows instructors to pull from the book in multiple courses.
  • Self-paced, interactive approach-Especially conducive to adult learners.
    • Students can work at their own pace for better mastery of key concepts and principles.
  • Consistent chapter format-Breaks down information into small, understandable chunks for easier understanding in a simple-to-complex, logical flow of concepts.
    • Reduces students' feelings of being overwhelmed by complex information.
  • Similarities and differences-Communicates content in a way that reinforces similarities and clarifies differences across physiologic processes and nursing care interventions.
    • Allows students and instructors to apply the relationships in a variety of class and clinical settings.
  • Reality-based case studies-In the nursing care modules. Requires application of principles from the preceding modules in the respective unit.
    • Helps make concepts come alive in a realistic, problem-based format, and encourages critical thinking.
  • Self-testing-Throughout the text. Includes short section quizzes and module pre/post-tests-hundreds of review questions. Answers (with references to location in the book where topic is discussed) give students immediate feedback on their command of each section before proceeding to the next chapter section.
  • Helps students assess their understanding of each module; frees instructors to use class time to apply concepts across practice settings and clinical conditions.
  • Glossary and abbreviation list-With each module.
    • Encourages students to review new terms, and allows instructors to hold students accountable for learning vocabulary as well as content. less

Edition/Copyright: 4TH 06
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 08/03/2005
International: No

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