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Fundamentals of Nursing Test Success

SKU# 9780826193933

An Unfolding Case Study Review

Author: Ruth Wittmann-Price PhD, CNS, RN, CNE


  • Frances H. Cornelius PhD, MSN, RN-BC, CNE

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Based on a philosophy of active learning, this innovative text uses unfolding case studies as a compelling vehicle for learning fundamental nursing content. Unlike traditional vignettes, these case studies evolve over time as real-life situations, better enabling students to develop the skills they need to problem solve, actively engage, and use critical thinking techniques in new situations. The unfolding case study method also assists in the development of skills that are important for nursing students about to embark on the NCLEX-RN. The text incorporates all types of NCLEX-style questions into the unfolding case studies to facilitate exam preparation.

This method offers a unique study opportunity that integrates all fundamental concepts and skills application with practice and professional role responsibilities. The patient care content areas that are needed for NCLEX-RN success--safe and effective care, health promotion, physiological and psychological integrity--are interwoven into an engaging format. References at the end of each chapter provide guidance for additional study as needed. Electronic and web resources provide quick access to valuable web-delivered information that will be useful in a clinical setting. eBook versions of this text will take the reader directly to the web resource.

Key Features:


  • Integrates core nursing concepts and content into unfolding case studies
  • Provides engaging test review preparation for course success and NCLEX-RN test success
  • Offers students a refreshing new study option and relief from endless Q&A format offered by other content review books
  • Develops critical thinking skills to help students "think like a nurse"
  • Incorporates all types of NCLEX-style questions into unfolding case studies

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 12, 2012
  • Page Count 448
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826193933
  • EISBN 9780826193940

About The Author(s) 

Frances H. Cornelius, PhD, MSN, RN-BC, CNE, is a clinical professor and department chair for advanced role master of science in nursing and complementary and integrative health programs at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is a board-certified nurse educator and has taught at the college and university level since 1990. She has an extensive clinical background in medical–surgical, psychiatric, oncology, and community health nursing. In addition, Dr. Cornelius has substantial experience in the design, development, and delivery of online, hybrid, and traditional course content as well as the integration of learning technologies into the classroom. Her area of research involves student learning, development of clinical decision-making skills, and clinical competency using handheld mobile devices.

In 2010, Dr. Cornelius was the recipient of the Outstanding Educator in Online Learning Award from Drexel University Online. She is currently a master reviewer for Quality MattersTM, a faculty-centered peer-review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. She is a National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Informaticist and a National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics fellow. Dr. Cornelius is the coeditor of PDA Connections: Mobile Technology for Health Care Professionals (2007), an innovative textbook designed to teach health care professionals how to use mobile devices for "point-of-care" access of information. She is the coeditor and author of Ethical Health Informatics: Challenges and Opportunities (2016). She is also a coauthor of an innovative series of six National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) review books, published by Springer Publishing Company, designed to support development of critical thinking among nursing students using unfolding case studies infused with mobile decision support resources to replicate realistic clinical experiences.

Table of Contents 


1. Understanding Your Nursing Education and the Need for NCLEX-RN® Success!

2. Nursing History, Theory, and Importance of Evidence-Based Practice

3. Health Care Delivery Today

4. Health and Wellness Concepts of Patients and Families

5. Understanding Human Growth and Development Theory

6. Applying Growth and Development Concepts to Health Promotion

7. The Nursing Process: Assessment

8. The Nursing Process: Nursing Diagnosis

9. Planning, Intervention, and Evaluation of Nursing Care

10. Care Delivery Models

11. Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing

12. Communication

13. Patient Education

14. Documentation

15. Patient Psychosocial Concepts

16. Vital Signs

17. Infection Control

18. Medication Administration—Part I

19. Medications—Part II

20. Complementary or Alternative Medications and Therapies

21. Patient Mobility and Safety

22. Hygiene and Oxygen Therapy

23. Fluid and Electrolytes

24. Sleep and Comfort

25. Nutrition

26. Urinary Elimination

27. Bowel Elimination

28. Immobility

29. Wounds and Sensory Considerations

30. Perioperative Nursing


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