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Medical-Surgical Nursing Care, CourseSmart eTextbook, 3rd Edition

By Karen M. Burke, Priscilla LeMone, Elaine Mohn-Brown, Linda Eby

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Jan 21, 2009

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Medical Surgical Nursing Care 3e has an even stronger focus on the professional Practical nursing program.  Using a clear and readable writing style, it provides a strong foundation for understanding common disorders that affect adults. Opening units of the book focus on concepts, issues, and foundational knowledge. The units that follow focus on common diseases and disorders organized by body system. Each unit begins with review of the system’s structure and function, nursing assessment, and commonly used diagnostic tests for disorders of that system.

To facilitate learning, disorder-specific content follows a consistent pattern, beginning with discussion about the disorder, its risk factors, causes, effects on the body, manifestations, and possible complications. Because nurses are integral members of the healthcare team, interdisciplinary care sections include nursing implications for medications, nutritional therapies, surgery and other treatments, including complementary therapies. Each disorder concludes with nursing care, including priorities of care, health promotion, assessment, nursing care measures, and a section addressing continuity of care to home or the community.


The ever-expanding healthcare knowledge base has led to ever-increasing content in nursing education programs. Rather than attempting to cover every condition or disorder a student may encounter, this book focuses on providing a greater depth of information about the most commonly encountered disorders and their management. The focus is on what the student needs to know and be able to do to provide safe, effective nursing care.


This text provides more depth in common disease processes, their treatment, and related nursing care. Although organized by body systems for clarity, the book retains a nursing focus throughout. Rationales are provided for nursing interventions to help the student understand the “why,” not just the “what.”




Table of Contents

Unit I Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing

1    Nursing in the 21st Century

2    Health, Illness, and Settings of Care

3    Cultural and Developmental Considerations for Adults

4    The Older Adult Client in Health and Illness

5    Guidelines for Client Assessment

6    Essential Nursing Pharmacology


Unit II  Foundations of Medical Surgical Nursing

7    Caring for Clients with Altered Fluid, Electrolyte, or Acid-Base Balance

8    Caring for Clients in Pain

9    Caring for Clients with Inflammation and Infection

10    Caring for Client having Surgery

11    Caring for Clients with Altered Immunity

12    Caring for Clients with Cancer

13    Loss, Grief, and End-of-Life Care

14    Caring for Clients Experiencing Shock, Trauma, or Disasters


Unit III Cardiovascular System Disorders

15    The Cardiovascular System and Assessment

16    Caring for Clients with Coronary Heart Disease and Dysrhythmias

17    Caring for Clients with Cardiac Disorders

18    Caring for Clients with Peripheral Vascular Disorders


Unit IV Hematologic and Lymphatic Systems Disorders

19    The Hematologic and Lymphatic Systems and Assessment

20    Caring for Clients with Hematologic and Lymphatic Disorders


Unit V Respiratory System Disorders

21    The Respiratory System and Assessment

22    Caring for Clients with Upper Respiratory Disorders

23    Caring for Clients with Lower Respiratory Disorders


Unit VI Gastrointestinal System Disorders

24    The Gastrointestinal System and Assessment

25    Caring for Clients with Nutritional and Upper Gastrointestinal Disorders

26    Caring for Clients with Bowel Disorders

27    Caring for Clients with Gallbladder, Liver, and Pancreatic Disorders


Unit VII Urinary System Disorders

28    The Urinary System and Assessment

29     Caring for Clients with Urinary Tract and Kidney Disorders


Unit VIII Reproductive Systems Disorders

30    The Reproductive System and Assessment

31    Caring for Male Clients with Reproductive System Disorders

32    Caring for Female Clients with Reproductive System Disorders

33    Caring for Clients with Sexually Transmitted Infections


Unit IX Endocrine Disorders

34    The Endocrine System and Assessment

35    Caring for Clients with Endocrine Disorders

36    Caring for Clients with Diabetes Mellitus


Unit X Neurologic Disorders

37    The Nervous System and Assessment

38    Caring for Clients with Intracranial Disorders

39    Caring for Clients with Degenerative Neurologic and Spinal Cord Disorders

40    Caring for Clients with Eye and Ear Disorders


Unit XI Musculoskeletal Disorders

41    The Musculoskeletal System and Assessment

42    Caring for Clients with Musculoskeletal Trauma

43    Caring for Clients with Musculoskeletal Disorders


Unit XII Integumentary System Disorders

44    The Integumentary System and Assessment

45    Caring for Clients with Skin Disorders

46    Caring for Clients with Burns


Unit XIII Mental Health Disorders

47    Mental Health and Assessment

48    Caring for Clients with Cognitive Disorders (New)

49    Caring for Clients with Psychotic Disorders

50    Caring for Clients with Mood Disorders

51    Caring for Clients with Anxiety Disorders

52    Caring for Clients with Personality Disorders

53    Caring for Clients with Substance Abuse or Dependency 

Appendix I NCLEX-PN® Answers

References and Resources




Appendices on MyNursingKit Website

I    NCLEX-PN®, Care Plan, Care Map and Unit Wrap-Up Answers

II    NANDA-Approved Nursing Diagnoses

III    Common Laboratory Values

IV     Standard Precautions



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