Offering sound presentation of fundamental nursing concepts, and precise coverage of step-by-step clinical procedures, the second edition of Fundamentals of Nursing has been thoroughly revised to reflect the latest developments in current practice. NEW TO EDITION: Coverage of the nursing process has been moved forward, opening with a discussion of Critical Thinking and the Nursing Process. This lays the foundation for the content presented in later chapters. Content related to spirituality and sexuality is emphasized throughout as appropriate so that students may see how these vital aspects affect clients in vital ways. Increased coverage of family and community health concepts – especially in chapter 11 on the legal framework. Home health care content is also emphasized throughout in order to highlight the many arenas of contemporary client care. Coverage of Alternative/Complementary Treatments is highlighted in each chapter, as appropriate, reflecting the author’s holistic philosophy. New unit on “ Diagnostic and Therapeutic Interventions” that includes: Vital signs & physical assessment, Diagnostic testing, Care of Perioperative Clients, Medication Administration, Documentation Discussion of quality has been integrated with that of accountability to highlight the importance of keeping the ‘care’ in nursing care in an age of a cost-conscious, business-oriented health care system. More emphasis will be placed on concept of holism and holistic nursing in Chapters 11 and 22. The chapter on Mobility has been totally revised, now emphasizing the impact of immobility on health status. It also presents information on the functional aspects of mobility. The overall number of boxed items was reduced to enhance clarity of presentation. A Clinical Companion is available that contains many valuable reference tools as well as every skill presented in the book. Perfect for use in a clinical setting!