Through the Eyes of a Nurse ****NEW FEATURE****
Students will see what a true nurse-family partnership looks like to help them prepare for their clinical experience through this exciting new feature. Throughout the text and on the accompanying Prentice Hall Nursing MediaLink DVD-ROM is the unfolding story of an expecting couple and their nurse through three prenatal office visits and one postpartal visit.
Each Through the Eyes of a Nurse feature in the textbook includes:
- The Family's Experience section, which presents the question or concern.
- The Nurse's Response, which addresses the client's concern in a compassionate manner, taking the opportunity to educate the client.
- Finally, the Nurse's Actions and Rationale section explains why the nurse responded as she did and points out the evidence for the response, referenced elsewhere in the text.
Each Through the Eyes of a Nurse DVD-ROM feature includes:
- Video of the couple and nurse during a prenatal or postpartal office visit
- Introduction by author Michele Davidson
- Essay-style questions that encourage students to think critically about what they viewed
Critical Thinking in Action ****NEW FEATURE****
Included at the end of each chapter, Critical Thinking in Action provides a real-life scenario with a series of critical thinking questions so that students can “practice” what they learned. The DVD-ROM continues the exercise with a video enactment of the situation, followed by questions, to prepare students for clinical experiences.
These effective guides provide students with a teaching plan to use when educating the client and family about any aspect of self-care or a special health care issue.
Community-Based Nursing Care
The provision of nursing care in community-based settings is a driving force in health care today and, consequently, is a dominant theme throughout this edition.
Chapter 36, Home Care of the Postpartal Family, provides a thorough explanation of home care as an important aspect of care for childbearing families.
Emphasis on Client and Family Teaching
Client and family teaching is a crucial responsibility of the maternal-newborn nurse, one we continue to emphasize strongly and highlight in this eighth edition.
- The tear-out Client/Family Teaching Cards are handy tools for the student to use while studying or for quick reference in the clinical setting.
- A foldout, full-color Fetal Development Chart depicts maternal/fetal development month by month and provides specific teaching guidelines for each stage of pregnancy. Students can use this chart as another tool for study or as a quick clinical reference.
Evidence-Based Practice ****NEW FEATURE****
Evidence-based practice is an essential element to help students understand the use of reliable information to plan and provide effective nursing care. These boxes provide discussions of clinical situations, typical nursing practice, and the current research that supports or fails to support that practice.
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
In addition to an entire chapter introducing the student to complementary and alternative therapies, these boxes inform students about therapies their clients might be using or therapies the nurse might safely suggest. In all cases, research is cited for safe practice of these therapies.
Developing Cultural Competence
These boxes foster students' awareness to cultural factors that influence a family's expectations of and responses to their health care provider and their experiences with the health care system. With this edition, we have increased the number of these boxes.
Research in Practice
These examples of research provide strong cases of relevant, clinically focused nursing research.
Drug Guides for selected medications commonly used in maternal-newborn nursing guide students in correctly administering the medications and evaluating their actions.
These features inform students about step-by-step techniques to perform tasks expected of a nurse in clinical situations. Included in each box are the preparation steps with rationales, equipment and supplies needed, and steps for the procedure itself, with rationales for the nurse's actions.