Nursing Basics for Clinical Practice

Prentice Hall
Audrey T Berman / Shirlee Snyder / Debra S. McKinney  
Total pages
February 2010
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Turn your students into competent and confident nurses by getting back to basics. Nursing Basics for Clinical Practice is a new approach to learning the fundamentals of nursing. With a  solid grounding in client-focused nursing care, critical thinking, evidence based practice, clinical practice and NCLEX success, your students will get vital information in a practical format, so they can learn it today, and practice it tomorrow!


Client-Focused Nursing Care, Critical Thinking and Evidence-Based Practice Features


  • Nursing Care Plans help organize care around the nursing process.
  • Applying Critical Thinking questions come at the end of each sample Nursing Care Plan to encourage further reflection and analysis.
  • Concept Maps! Sample concept maps throughout the textbook provide a visual representation of the nursing process, nursing care plans, and the relationships in different concepts.
  • Identifying Nursing Diagnoses, Outcomes, and Interventions boxes provide guidelines for establishing diagnoses, outcomes and interventions for situations and conditions.
  • Critical Thinking Checkpoints provide a brief case study followed by questions that encourage students to analyze, compare, contemplate, interpret and evaluate information.
  • Research Notes focus on evidence-based practice. These boxes highlight relevant nursing research and implications for nursing care.


Features to Promote Success in Clinical Practice


  • A Case Scenario gives chapter content a clinically relevant perspective. Critical thinking questions around the case are provided at the end of the chapter.

  • Step-by-step skills. An easy-to-follow format helps students understand techniques and practice sequences.
    • Clearly labeled Delegation boxes assist you in assigning tasks appropriately.
    • Includes a complete Equipment list for easy preparation.
    • Critical steps are visually represented with full-color photographs and illustrations!
    • Easy-to-find rationales give you a  better understanding of why things are done.
  • Practice Guidelines provide summaries of clinical do's and don'ts.
  • Unique! Drug Capsules provide a brief overview of drug information, nursing responsibilities, and client teaching.
  • Assessment Interview boxes help students learn the type and range of what to ask in particular client situations.
  • Culturally Competent Care boxes focus on how situations may have different approaches when considering the client's cultural heritage.
  • Home Care Considerations, Long Term Care Considerations (Unique!), and Physician Office Considerations (Unique!) help students think beyond the hospital and consider client issues in other client settings.
  • Lifespan Considerations highlight how nursing care is adapted for infants, children, adolescents, and elders.
  • Client Teaching boxes give tips and tools to help clients facilitate self-care, monitor potential problems, perform prescribed therapies, and assist in other client teaching experiences.

Understanding the Chapter

  • The end of each chapter summarizes and applies chapter information.
  • Chapter Highlights focus the student's attention and review critical concepts as they relate to the learning outcomes.
  • Think About It refers to the chapter-opening scenario and provides critical thinking questions. Answers are located on MyNursingKit.
  • Test Your Knowledge helps you prepare for the NCLEX exam. Alternative style questions are also included.
  • Each chapter provides a reminder to visit MyNursingKit ( for additional chapter review and resources.
  • Detailed References and Selected Bibliography provide the basis for evidence-based nursing practice and support the currency and accuracy of textbook content.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents - Nursing Basics for Clinical Practice, 1e


Unit I    The Nature of Nursing

1          Principles of Nursing and Evidence-Based Practice

2          Legal and Ethical Aspects of Nursing

3          Health Care Delivery Systems

4          Cultural and Heritage

5          Health Beliefs and Practices


Unit II  The Nursing Process

6          Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning

7          The Nursing Process  

8          Informatics, Documentation and Reporting


Unit III -

9          Promoting Health Throughout the Lifespan

10         Promoting Health in Elders

11         Promoting Health in the Family


Unit IV Integral Aspects of Nursing

12         Caring

13         Communicating

14         Teaching

15         Leading, Managing, and Delegating


Unit V  Assessing Health

16         Vital Signs

17         Health Assessment

18         Pain Assessment and Management


Unit VI Integral Components of Client Care

19         Asepsis

20         Diagnostic Testing

21         Safety

22         Hygiene

23         Medications

24         Skin Integrity and Wound Care

25         Perioperative Nursing  


Unit VII  Promoting Psychosocial Health

26         Sensory Perception

27         Self-Concept

28         Sexuality

29         Spirituality

30         Coping with Stress, Loss, and Death


Unit VIII          Promoting Physiologic Health

31         Activity, Exercise, and Sleep

32         Nutrition

33         Urinary Elimination

34         Fecal Elimination

35         Oxygenation and Circulation

36         Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance



Audrey Berman received her BSN from the University of California- San Francisco and later returned to that campus to obtain her MS in physiologic nursing and her PhD in nursing. Her dissertation was entitled Sailing a Course through Chemotherapy: The Experience of Women with Breast Cancer. She worked in oncology at Samuel Merritt Hospital prior to beginning her teaching career in the diploma program at Samuel Merritt Hospital School of Nursing in 1976. As a faculty member, she participated in the transition of that program into a baccalaureate degree and in the development of the Master of Science in nursing program. Over the years, she has taught a variety of medical-surgical nursing courses in the prelicensure programs. She currently serves as the dean of nursing at Samuel Merritt College (an affiliate of Sutter Health).


Dr. Berman has traveled extensively, visiting nursing and health care institutions in Germany, Israel, Spain, Korea, Botswana, Australia, Japan, and Brazil. She serves on the board of directors for the Bay Area Tumor Institute. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau and is a site visitor for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. She has twice participated as an NCLEX-RN item writer for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. She is certified as an advanced oncology nurse and as an AIDS educator and has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on topics related to nursing education, breast cancer, and technology in health care.


Dr. Berman authored the scripts for more than 35 nursing skills videotapes in the 1990s. She is the co-author of Kozier & Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing and Skills in Clinical Nursing.



Shirlee Snyder graduated from Columbia Hospital School of Nursing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and subsequently received a bachelor of science in nursing from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Because of an interest in cardiac nursing and teaching, she earned a master of science in nursing with a minor in cardiovascular clinical specialist and teaching from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. A move to California resulted in becoming a faculty member at Samuel Merritt Hospital School of Nursing in Oakland, California. Shirlee was fortunate to be involved in the phasing out of the diploma and ADN programs and development of a baccalaureate intercollegiate nursing program. She held numerous positions during her 15-year tenure at Samuel Merritt College, including curriculum coordinator, assistant director-instruction, dean of instruction, and associate dean of the Intercollegiate Nursing Program. She is an associate professor alumnus at Samuel Merritt College. Her interest and experiences in nursing education resulted in Shirlee obtaining a doctorate of education focused in curriculum and instruction from the University of San Francisco.


Dr. Snyder moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1990 and taught in the ADN program at Portland Community College for 8 years. During this teaching experience she became interested in computer-assisted instruction (CAI) and initiated Web-based assessment testing for student learning. She presented locally and nationally on topics related to using multimedia in the classroom and promoting ethnic and minority student success.


Another career opportunity in 1998 led her to the Community College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Dr. Snyder was the nursing program director with responsibilities for the associate degree and practical nursing programs for 5 years.


In 2003, Dr. Snyder returned to baccalaureate nursing education. She embraced the opportunity to be one of the nursing faculty teaching the first nursing class in the baccalaureate nursing program at the first state college in Nevada, which opened in 2002. She is currently the associate dean of the School of Nursing at Nevada State College in Henderson, Nevada.


Dr. Snyder is an advisory board member for the Nevada Geriatric Education Center and a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and a variety of task groups addressing the Southern Nevada nursing shortage. She has been a site visitor for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. Dr. Synder is the co-author of Kozier & Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing and Skills in Clinical Nursing.


Dr. Snyder's experiences in nursing education and teaching keep her current in nursing and nursing education. She appreciates all she learns from the students she has taught and her past and present faculty colleagues.



Debra McKinney graduated from Saint Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with a diploma in professional nursing in 1977.  She worked in pediatric and neonatal intensive care, emergency care, and adult critical care for thirty years.  She obtained certification as a pediatric critical care nurse and contributed to research related to the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in neonates as well as early work on use of liquid oxygen in pediatric clients. 


After experiencing a back injury that limited her ability to walk, Mrs. McKinney subsequently obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix in 2003, Master of Science Degree in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management from University of Phoenix in 2007. She entered the field of nursing education in 2003 when she was asked to develop a practical nursing program in Northern Virginia.


Mrs. McKinney has developed curriculum for numerous schools of nursing at the practical and associate degree level.  She consults with schools of nursing to assist in obtaining accreditation, revising curriculum, and correlating textbooks to syllabi.  She teaches NCLEX review courses for both the practical/vocational and professional nurse nationwide.  She is currently an adjunct instructor for University of Illinois Global Campus and Axia College of University of Phoenix.  However, the focus of her work today is writing a textbook to be used by schools of nursing using the concept based pedagogy which is also the subject of her dissertation as she pursues a doctorate in education with a focus on curriculum design and instruction.  Mrs. McKinney has developed many supplements for Pearson Prentice Hall, coauthored Comprehensive Review of the NCLEX-PN with Mary Ann Hogan, and is currently writing several other nursing textbooks.


Mrs. McKinney is married and lives in the beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area.  She belongs to Sigma Theta Tau, National League for Nurses, National Association of Practical Nurse Education and Service, Committee of Practical Nurse Educators, and NANDA International. 


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