Comprehensive Nursing Care

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For LPN/LVN courses that want all core content in one text.Part of the Prentice Hall LPN/LVN-specific series. Looking at the practice of nursing from the LPN/LVN point of view, this streamlined but comprehensive text covering the main content areas including fundamentals, medical-surgical, mental health, maternal-newborn, pediatrics, and leadership (professionalism and transition to practice), explains to students what they need to know and do in order to deliver safe and effective nursing care in a variety of settings. It focuses on the information and essential skills that will help ensure clinical and NCLEX-PN test-taking success, as well as addresses the LPN/LVN scope of practice and relationship to the registered nurse.

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Ellise D. Adams, CNM, MSN, CD (DONA), ICCE Ellise D. Adams, is an instructor of nursing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where she serves as Clinical Assistant Professor. She enjoys lecturing, counseling students, and watching them learn and grow in the clinical setting. Ellise has been affiliated with Prentice Hall Publishers since 2000. The publication of this textbook fulfills a primary career goal. Ellise is a member of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and serves as Alabama's co-chair for programs. She is an invited presenter to the national conventions, consultant to special projects, research grant recipient, and contributor to publications. In 2000, she was awarded the AWHONN Johnson and Johnson Pediatric Institute Marshal Klaus Award along with her colleague Ann L. Bianchi for their research entitled "Intrapartum Nurses as Doulas: Increasing Training in Supportive Behaviors to Aid in the Reduction of Cesarean Rates, Length of Labor, and Anesthesia and Analgesia Use Ellise obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Because her first son was born during her tenure in nursing school, she is especially sensitive to the concerns of students who attempt to balance school, children, and a marriage. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and her Certificate of Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, Kentucky. She feels especially privileged to have had the opportunity to learn nurse-midwifery in the hills of Kentucky where Mary Breckenridge left an amazing legacy. Ellise views nursing asone of the noblest of professions. Someone once asked her why she did not just become a doctor. Her response was, "Because I want to be a nurse. I want to spend time with patients in their hour of need. I want to provide nursing care, not make medical decisions." Nursing also provides diversity. There are so many opportunities in nursing that the nurse can always find professional fulfillment. Ellise has been married to her husband Tom for 27 years. They have two sons, David and Jonathan. She is proud that her daughter-in-law Karla is also a nurse. Ellise enjoys volunteering in a variety of capacities at her church, including serving as a short-term missionary to Mexico City, Mexico; Vienna, Austria; and Cuzco, Peru. She also enjoys leisure travel, especially tailgating on the campus of her favorite SEC team, the University of Alabama. Mary Ann Towle, RN, MEd, MSN Mary Ann Towle "always wanted to be a nurse," but teaching science in high school also seemed appealing. After graduating from Idaho State University with a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, she moved to Boise, Idaho, where she accepted a position at St. Luke's Medical Center. Mary Ann felt confident with her entry-level knowledge but was unsure of herself when it came to performing nursing procedures. Several LPNs helped her gain the necessary skills and confidence. Within a few months, she was working in the Coronary Intensive Care Unit as the evening charge nurse. While Mary Ann enjoyed the direct client care of the CCU, she felt something was missing in her career. She taught a few in-service programs and workshops to nurses as well as to Respiratory Therapy students from Boise State University. After three years, anopportunity became available to teach in the LPN program at Boise State University. Mary Ann jumped at the chance to combine her love for nursing with her desire to teach. All faculty in the Vocational-Technical Education programs were required to take education classes in order to improve their teaching performance. With a husband and two young children to care for and while teaching full time, Mary Ann attended classes two or three nights a week. In 1983, she completed a Master of Education degree with a specialty in Vocational Education. A proponent of lifelong learning, Mary Ann returned to school once her family was grown and completed a Master of Science degree in Nursing in 1998. Having taught the entire curriculum, Mary Ann sees herself as a generalist with experience in maternity, pediatrics, medical-surgical nursing, and geriatrics. It has been 31 years since Mary Ann began her career as a nursing instructor at Boise State University. She has been recognized by the American Vocational association as vocational Teacher of the Year at the state and regional levels, and as first runner-up at the national level. Mary Ann's students have received state and national recognition by Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA). Mary Ann is a strong advocate for the LPN/LVN. She works to advance their education and scope of practice within the health care community. Mary Ann feels that by reducing the stress involved in learning, providing positive feedback, and role modeling, she can help all students develop into quality nurses who can think critically and function in any situation.

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