Archive for the 'practical nursing' Category

Instrumentation for the Operating Room: A Photographic Manual

Friday, July 25, 2008

By Shirley M. Tighe

Call Number: RD71 .B76 2007

Utilizing clear, detailed, true-color photographs, this manual builds familiarity with surgical instruments from basic care and handling to placement in sterilizing trays to explanations of surgical procedures. This 7th edition is expanded to provide essential resources for perioperative nurses and surgical technologists.

            • Nearly 800 photographs of individual as well as sets of instruments, including both whole instruments and tips, help distinguish between similar instrument types.
  • The importance of instrument preparation for surgery is emphasized.
  • Instruments are organized by surgical procedures, beginning with the basics and building to more advanced sets to facilitate understanding.
  • Instrument placement in sterilizing trays is demonstrated.
  • Approximately 200 NEW photographs feature individual and instrument sets, including tips.
  • Brief explanations of important surgical procedures and the necessary equipment are included.
  • Female Reproductive Surgery and Pediatric Surgery units are expanded to encompass the latest instruments.
  • New chapters highlight robotic instruments and external fixation, kidney transplant, and pediatric chest and vascular instruments.

Cultural Awareness in Healthcare: Your Practice

Friday, July 25, 2008

By Unknown

Call Number: RA418.5 .T73 C9 2008

No Description Available

Biology for Nonbiologists

Friday, July 25, 2008

by Frank R. Spellman

Call Number: QH307.2 .S65 2007

The list keeps growing! The latest in Government Institutes’ non-specialist series, Biology for Non-biologists continues the tradition established by Toxicology for Non-Toxicologists and Chemistry for Non-chemists, by providing environmental and occupational-safety-and-health practitioners and students with a comprehensive overview of the principles and concepts of modern biology.

Working Safely in Health Care: A Practical Guide

Friday, July 25, 2008

By Deborah L. Fell-Carson

Call Number: RC965 .M39 F45 2008

Finally, a comprehensive resource on workplace safety designed with the health care worker in mind! This book will show you how to protect yourself and others from injury while on the job. You will be introduced to stresses and hazards unique to the health care environment, and provided with practical steps you can take to make work safer for you. If you know how to make work safer for yourself, you will be better equipped to provide a safe care environment for your clients.

2008 PDR Nurse’s Drug Handbook

Thursday, July 24, 2008

by George R. Spratto and Adrienne L. Woods

Call Number: RM125 .S668 2008

With over 1,000 of the latest and most common FDA-approved drugs, the 2008 PDR® Nurse’s Drug Handbook continues to be an essential resource for the most important drug information. Each entry provides a wealth of facts concerning drug action, dosage, interactions, and contraindications. Clear guidelines are also provided for administration of drugs, communication with clients, and nursing considerations. The PDR® Nurse’s Drug Handbook highlights prevention of medication errors and clinical accountability like no other drug resource, making it a trusted product for nursing students, practicing nurses, and other health care professionals. (Description by

Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination

Thursday, July 24, 2008

by Linda Anne Silvestri

Call Number: RT55 .S484 2008

There is a reason the new edition of Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX–RN® Examination has been called “the best NCLEX review book ever.” Essentially, you’ll find everything you need to review for the NCLEX® exam under one cover – complete content review and over 4,200 NCLEX-style questions in the book and on the free companion CD! Don’t make the mistake of assuming that the quality of the questions is the same in all NCLEX review books, because only Silvestri’s Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX–RN® Examination includes the kind of questions that consistently test the critical thinking skills necessary to pass today’s NCLEX exam. And, what’s even better is that ALL answers include detailed rationales to help you learn from your answer choices, along with test taking strategies that provide tips for how to best approach each question. It’s easy to see why Silvestri is THE book of choice for NCLEX review. But don’t just take our word for it — read any customer review or ask your fellow classmates to see why Silvestri users believe that there’s nothing else like it!

New to this edition:

• The review is based on the new NCLEX–RN test plan, effective April 2007.
• Now in full color – with over 100 illustrations to enhance important nursing content.
• 200 more questions have been added, for a total of 4,210.
• Includes the new chart/exhibit alternate item format, in addition to questions with audio components.
• Companion CD-ROM uses a pre-diagnostic exam to generate an individualized study plan.


• Each question includes the correct answer, a completerationale for all responses, and a test-taking strategy to help students develop strategies for locating the correct response.
• Each question includes a page reference to an Elsevier nursing textbook to help with remediation.
• All alternate item format questions are included, with multiple response, prioritizing, fill-in-the-blank, figure/illustration, chart/exhibit, and audio questions.
• Organization by nursing content areas provides a logical, effective review.
• Pyramid Terms define key terms at the beginning of each major unit or chapter.
• Pyramid Points within each chapter highlight the content that is important in preparing for the NCLEX–RN examination.
• Pyramid to Success sections provide an overview of major units or chapters and specific content related to the latest NCLEX–RN test plan.
• Pharmacology is emphasized with 13 pharmacology chapters, a medication and intravenous calculation chapter, and a pediatric medication calculation chapter to reflect priority content on the NCLEX exam.
• Introductory chapters cover preparation for the NCLEX–RN exam, nonacademic preparation, test-taking strategies, the NCLEX–RN exam from a student’s perspective, and transitional issues for the foreign-educated nurse.
• A comprehensive exam consists of 265 questions related to all content areas in the book and representative of the percentages identified in the NCLEX–RN test plan.
• CD–ROM allows practice in quiz, study, or exam modes, with questions selected from content area, integrated process, category of client needs, or alternate item format type. (Description by

Basic Attending Skills

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

by Allen E. Ivey, Norman B. Gluckstern, and Mary Bradford Ivey

Call Number BF637 .C6 I952 2006

Basic Attending Skills enables students to complete an entire interview using only listening skills. This short book is ideal for a stand alone or secondary text in skills and theory courses. (Description by

The Alzheimers Answer: Reduce Your Risk and Keep Your Brain Healthy

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

by Marwan Sabbagh

Call Number: RC523.2 .S23 2008

This sobering review of the current research on and recommendations for Alzheimer’s argues for identifying and combating risk factors decades before symptoms appear. Like other major conditions affected by obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, among others, Alzheimer’s is growing at a rapidly increasing rate. Neurologist Sabbagh has been involved in many important Alzheimer’s research trials and founded the Sun Health Research Institute’s Cleo Roberts Center, a facility for studying age-related diseases, located in the geriatric community-dense Sun City area of Phoenix. He explains the mechanisms by which the brain undergoes devastating changes that manifest as Alzheimer’s; the differences between age-related memory loss, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia; and ways to assess genetic liabilities and risk factors from lifestyle choices. Although treatment goals and expectations for those with Alzheimer’s are modest, Sabbagh says most risk factors can be offset well before retirement age through diet, physical and mental exercise, brain-specific supplements and, in some cases, medications that lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, manage blood sugar and decrease inflammation. Sabbagh covers such concerns as exposure to toxic substances linked to neurological conditions and suggests many potent weapons to counteract development of brain plaque: omega-3 fatty acids, resveratrol, quercetin, folic acid, huperzine A, green tea and curcumin, among others. A guide to symptoms, diagnosis and treatment will prove helpful to patients and their families, while an overview of new drugs that could halt progression and possibly heal damaged brain cells offers hope for the future. (Description by Publishers Weekly)

After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

by Nancy Berlinger

Call Number: R729.8 .B47 2005

In After Harm, Berlinger draws on sources in theology, ethics, religion, and culture to create a practical and comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of patients, families, and clinicians affected by medical error. She emphasizes the importance of acknowledging fallibility, telling the truth, confronting feelings of guilt and shame, and providing just compensation. After Harm adds important human dimensions to an issue that has profound consequences for patients and health care providers. (Description by

Illustrated Study Guide for the NCLEX-RN Exam

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

by JoAnn Zerwekh & Jo Carol Claborn

Call Number: RT55 .Z476 2006

Illustrated Study Guide for the NCLEX-RN Exam, 6th edition, covers the key nursing concepts and content areas found on the latest NCLEX-RN licensure examination. A concise outline format summarizes essential nursing content, enhanced by multiple illustrations, including many of the authors’ popular mnemonic cartoons. The easy, colorful design includes a special Alert! feature that highlights frequently tested nursing concepts, and Nursing Priority boxes that identify priorities of care. The introductory chapter reviews the latest NCLEX test plan and new alternate item format questions, while separate chapters cover pharmacology and nursing management. The remaining chapters are organized by lifespan, basic nursing concepts, client populations, and body systems, for easy location of specific content. Chapter appendixes summarize related medications, diagnostic tests, and nursing procedures. NCLEX examination style review questions close every chapter, and a companion CD-ROM with over 1,500 questions (including alternate item formats) allows users to customize practice exams, and review answers and rationales.

  • Identifies concepts frequently found on the NCLEX exam in a specially designed Alert! feature.
  • Highlights priorities of care in specially designed Nursing Priority boxes.
  • Includes separate chapters on pharmacology and nursing management to focus on areas emphasized on the NCLEX exam.
  • Uses a concise outline format for easy access to essential nursing content.
  • Summarizes medications, diagnostic tests, and nursing procedures in chapter appendixes.
  • Includes answers and rationales for all review questions sousers can understand why correct answers are right and incorrect options are wrong.
  • Includes a companion CD-ROM that gives students an electronic testing experience and allows them to customize practice exams for focused study needs.
  • Over 100 illustrations enhance key nursing content, including mnemonic cartoons from the authors’ popular Notebook series.
  • A full-color, fun design, enhances content with a student-friendly, manageable approach.
  • Increases the number of test questions to over 1,500 for multiple study and practice test sessions.
  • Allows students to choose practice questions by specific content areas on the CD-ROM, providing options for customized practice tests.
  • Includes electronic alternate item format questions on the CD-ROM, such as priority drag and drop and illustrated “hot spots,” consistent with the features of the NCLEX-RN exam. (Description by