Pdf Book Name: Concepts for Nursing Practice 3rd Edition
Author: Jean Foret Giddens
ISBN-10, 13: 9780323598118,0323581935
Pages: 576 pages
File size: 30 MB
File format: PDF,EPUB
Concepts for Nursing Practice 3rd Edition Pdf Book Description:
Conceptual learning is increasingly viewed as a major trend for the future of education—not in nursing alone, but across numerous disciplines. This belief is based on the premise that concepts can be used effectively as unifying classifications or principles for framing learning while knowledge increases exponentially. So, what is a concept? Simply stated, a concept is an organizing principle or a classification of information. A concept can be limited or complex in scope and can be useful as a basis for education from preschool through doctoral education. In advanced applications, concepts are considered building blocks or the foundation for theory. By gaining a deeper understanding of a core set of concepts, a student can recognize and understand similarities and recurring characteristics, which can be applied more effectively than memorized facts. Teaching conceptually turns traditional learning upside down, focusing on generalities (concepts) and then applying this understanding to specifics (exemplars), instead of the traditional educational approach that focuses more heavily on content and facts. The conceptual approach in nursing involves an examination of concepts that link to the delivery of patient care.
There are multiple concepts applicable to nursing practice. This book does not attempt to present all nursing concepts, nor does it suggest that the featured concepts chosen are the most important. However, the 57 concepts featured in this book are commonly seen in nursing literature or are representative of important practice phenomena; they are the concepts that apply to the broadest group of patients of various ages and across various health care settings. A simplified concept presentation format using consistent headings is intentionally used so that students will find the approach intuitive; at the same time, an understanding of more formalized conceptual analyses will be fostered. These three overarching units are further categorized into themes, into which concepts are organized to provide a structured framework. This structured approach promotes a thorough understanding of individual concepts and their important context within related health care concepts. Concept discussions include holistic concept diagrams that help visualize conceptual processes, along with interrelated concepts diagrams. These illustrations encourage students to build important associations among interrelated concepts. Case Studies provide an example of the concept applied in the context of patient care or practice setting.