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Medical-Surgical Nursing Test Success

SKU# 9780826195760

An Unfolding Case Study Review

Author: , Rhonda M. Brogdon DNP, MSN, MBA, RN


  • Karen K. Gittings DNP, RN, CNE, Alumnus CCRN
  • Frances H. Cornelius PhD, MSN, RN-BC, CNE
  • Ruth A. Wittmann-Price PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF

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This is a unique case study reference for students in the medical surgical nursing core course and a review/workbook for students about to embark on the NCLEX-RN exam. Unlike other reviews, the book embeds required information into compelling, unfolding case studiesóstudies that evolve over timeóin order to promote active learning and facilitate knowledge retention.

These unfolding case studies are of particular value because they closely mimic real-life situations in nursing and provide situational mental models that assist students with problem-solving and critical thinking techniques. The unfolding case study method also assists in the development of skills that are important for NCLEX-RN success in assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of patient care. All content areas required for NCLEX-RN successósafe and effective care, health promotion, physiological and psychological integrity--are interwoven in an enjoyable format that dispels the drudgery of straightforward memorization. A variety of NCLEX-style question formats are used throughout the book to help students assess their own learning. Additionally, eResource links to additional information are included throughout the book.

Key Features:

  • Uses unique unfolding case study method to present medical-surgical concepts
  • Promotes active learning and knowledge retention
  • Develops problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Provides all of types of NCLEX-style questions for exam preparation
  • Offers eResources throughout the Review for enhanced learning opportunities

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 28, 2013
  • Page Count 336
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826195760
  • EISBN 9780826195777

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.

Ruth A. Wittmann-Price, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAAN, is dean of the School of Health Sciences and professor of nursing at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. She has been an obstetrical/women's health nurse for 38 years. Dr. Wittmann-Price received her AAS and BSN degrees from Felician College, Lodi, New Jersey, and her MS as a perinatal clinical nurse specialist (CNS) from Columbia University, New York, New York. She completed her PhD in nursing at Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania, and received the Dean's Award for Excellence. She developed a mid-range nursing theory, "Emancipated Decision-Making in Women's Health Care." and has tested her theory in four research studies. International researchers are currently using her theory as the foundation for their studies. Her theory is being used by researchers at the University of Limpopo, South Africa, in their campaign, "Finding Solutions for Africa," which helps women and children. Dr. Wittmann-Price was also the appointed research coordinator for Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and oversaw the evidence-based practice projects for nursing (2007-2010). Hahnemann University Hospital was granted initial Magnet designation in December 2009. Dr. Wittmann-Price has taught all levels of nursing students over the past 16 years and has completed an international service-learning trip. Currently, she teaches women's health to baccalaureate students and to students on the MSN nurse educator track. Dr. Wittmann-Price mentors DNP and PhD students and is on several committees at both Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Widener University. She has coedited or authored 14 books, contributed chapters to two books, and written over 20 articles. She has presented her research regionally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Wittmann-Price was inducted into the National League for Nursing Academy of Nurse Educator Fellows in 2013 and became a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2015.

Table of Contents 

Chap. 1 Introduction to book

(Rhonda Brogdon, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN)

Chap. 2 Nursing Care of the Patient with Cardiovascular Disease

(Karen Gittings, DNP, MSN, RN, CCRN)

· Case Study 1: Hypertension

· Case Study 2: Coronary Artery Disease

· Case Study 3: Heart Failure

· Case Study 4: Dysrhythmias

· Case Study 5: Shock

· Case Study 6: Arterial Disease

· Case Study 7: Venous Disorders

Chap. 3 Nursing Care of the Patient with Pulmonary Disease

(Rhonda Brogdon, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN)

· Case Study 8: Atelectasis

· Case Study 9: Pneumonia

· Case Study 10: Asthma

· Case Study 11: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

· Case Study 12: Pulmonary Embolism

· Case Study 13: Pulmonary Edema

· Case Study 14: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

· Case Study 15: Lung Cancer

Chap. 4 Nursing Care of the Patient with Renal Disease

(Rhonda Brogdon, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN)

· Case Study 16: Urinary Incontinence

· Case Study 17: Urinary Tract Infection

· Case Study 18: Urolithiasis

· Case Study 19: Acute Renal Failure

· Case Study 20: Chronic Renal Failure

Chap. 5 Nursing Care of the Patient with Gastrointestinal Disease

(Karen Gittings, DNP, MSN, RN, CCRN)

· Case Study 21: Peptic Ulcer Disease

· Case Study 22: Acute Inflammatory Intestinal Disorders

· Case Study 23: Intestinal Obstruction

· Case Study 24: Colorectal Cancer

· Case Study 25: Bariatric Surgery

· Case Study 26: Viral Hepatitis

· Case Study 27: Cirrhosis

· Case Study 28: Gallbladder Disorders

· Case Study 29: Pancreatitis

Chap. 6 Nursing Care of the Patient with Neurological Disease

(Karen Gittings, DNP, MSN, RN, CCRN)

· Case Study 30: Seizure Disorders

· Case Study 31: Stroke

· Case Study 32: Spinal Cord Injury

· Case Study 33: Multiple Sclerosis

· Case Study 34: Parkinson’s Disease

· Case Study 35: Alzheimer’s Disease

Chap. 7 Nursing Care of the Patient with Endocrine Disease

(Karen Gittings, DNP, MSN, RN, CCRN)

· Case Study 36: Diabetes Mellitus

· Case Study 37: Hypothyroidism

· Case Study 38: Cushing’s Syndrome

Chap. 8 Nursing Care of the Patient with Immunological Disease

(Rhonda Brogdon, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN)

· Case Study 39: HIV and AIDS

· Case Study 40: Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Case Study 41: Osteoarthritis

· Case Study 42: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Chap. 9 Nursing Care of the Patient with Hematological Disease

(Karen Gittings, DNP, MSN, RN, CCRN)

· Case Study 43: Anemia

· Case Study 44: Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

Chap. 10 Nursing Care of the Patient with Musculoskeletal Disease

(Rhonda Brogdon, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN)

· Case Study 45: Osteoporosis

· Case Study 46: Hip Fracture

Chap. 11 Nursing Care of the Patient with Infectious Disease

(Rhonda Brogdon, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN)

  • Case Study 47: Influenza

· Case Study 48: Tuberculosis

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