Conceptual Foundations: The Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice, 5th Edition provides the background you need to succeed in your role as a professional nurse. It discusses the concepts that define the nursing profession, covering everything from the history of nursing to current challenges in the profession. Expert educators Joan L. Creasia, PhD, RN, and Elizabeth E. Friberg, MSN, RN, bring together the best minds of nursing for an in-depth look at the profession's major theories, practices, and principles.
Vignettes, each written by a practicing nurse, open each chapter with a specific scenario and application of professional behaviors.
Critical Thinking Exercises at the end of each chapter help you to use and apply what you've learned.
Objectives at the beginning of each chapter provide a framework for study.
Key points at the end of each chapter help you focus on important information.
New to this Edition
New Patient Safety chapter prepares you for expanded nursing responsibility for patient safety, adherence to regulatory requirements of the Joint Commission, and the implementation of best practices to create health care that is safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered.
New Genetics and Genomics in Professional Nursing chapter defines the nurse's role in family history assessment and genetic testing, explains how genetic testing is used in clinical practice, and identifies ethical issues related to this emerging practice.
Part I: The Context of Professional Nursing Practice 1. Historical Development of Professional Nursing in the United States 2. Pathways of Nursing Education 3. Socialization to Professional Nursing 4. Professional Nursing Roles 5. Theories and Frameworks for Professional Nursing Practice 6. Health Policy and Planning and the Nursing Practice Environment 7. Economic Issues in Nursing and Healthcare Part II: Dimensions of Professional Nursing Practice 8. Communication Skills and Techniques 9. Critical Thinking, Clinical Judgment, and the Nursing Process 10. Challenges in Teaching and Learning 11. Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice 12. Ethical Dimensions of Nursing and Health Care 13. Health Care Informatics Part III: Themes in Professional Nursing Practice 14. Diversity in Health and Illness 15. Health and Health Promotion 16. Genetics and Genomics in Professional Nursing 17. Rural Health Concepts 18. Intimate Partner Violence as a Health Care Problem 19. Vulnerable Populations 20. Patient Safety
By Joan L. Creasia, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN and Elizabeth E. Friberg, DNP, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, Virginia