Now part of the popular LPN Threads series, the second edition of this market-leading text provides all the essential information that the LPN/LVN nurse needs to practice in an expanded number of care settings, including the traditional hospital setting, the clinic, physicians office, long-term care facility, and the home. Heavily illustrated, the text's primary themes addressed include health promotion, communication and patient teaching, critical thinking, and cultural sensitivity in providing nursing care. Over 465 full-color photographs and illustrations. More than 75 skills that follow the nursing process are clearly presented in an action/rationale format. Steps a more concise versions of skills are all in action/rationale format. Overview of Structure and Function presents basic anatomy and physiology, including a section on aging. Application of the Nursing Process includes nursing care plans to reinforce application. Elder Care Points highlight changes that occur with aging and how they affect nursing care. Home Care boxes highlight the necessary adaptations of nursing skills and techniques for the patient in the home care setting. Patient Teaching boxes include guidelines to prevent illness, promote health, and develop self-care strategies. Critical Thinking Activities help students develop problem-solving skills. Theory Objectives and Clinical Practice Objectives in each chapter highlight the most important goals. Think Critically About boxes encourage students to synthesize information and apply concepts. Communication Cues present examples of nurse-patient dialogues and instructive therapeutic communication techniques. Full-color LPN Threads design and content with objectives, key terms, care plans with critical thinking activities, key points, study questions, and more. NCLEX-PN® Examination Test Plan Comparison matches up text content with the test plan. Complementary and Alternative Therapies chapter covers herbal and other nontraditional therapies used in patient care. Delegation, Leadership, and Management chapter discusses the role of the LPN/LVN in a changing health care environment. Health Promotion Points boxes highlight wellness and disease prevention. Concept Maps help students visualize abstract processes by depicting relationships among a disorders multiple symptoms, treatments, and side effects. Critical Thinking Questions at the end of nursing care plans allow students to develop problem-solving skills based on the care plan scenario. Includes the latest CDC hand hygiene guidelines and alcohol hand rub information, NHLB blood pressure guidelines, CPR guidelines, and information on pathogens such as prions. Includes patient safety goals in medication administration from Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Appendix on Spanish/English health care phrases. NIC/NOC language for outcomes and interventions added to nursing process unit. Accompanying student CD-ROM includes open-book quizzes, audio glossary, animations, audio clips, video clips, an English-Spanish glossary, and more.deWit, Susan C. is the author of 'Fundamental Concepts & Skills For Nursing Virtual Clinical Excursions - Medical-Surgical for DeWit', published 2004 under ISBN 9780721603117 and ISBN 0721603114.