Prentice Hall Reviews & Rationales: Nursing Fundamentals (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0132240789
ISBN-10: 0132240785
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Essential for course review and NCLEX review, this resource is a complete, concentrated outline of mental health nursing. Content includes all of the "need-to-know" information covering therapeutic communication, developmental disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, dissociative disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, cognitive mental disorders, substance abuse, crisis intervention and suicide, death and dying, and much more. Each chapter provides the following tools that will help lead you to success in your course and on the NCLEX-RN:

  • Chapter Objectives
  • Pre- and post-chapter tests with comprehensive rationales
  • New test-taking strategies 
  • Vocabulary review
  • Practice-to-Pass exercises
  • Critical thinking case studies
  • NCLEX alerts
  • Prentice Hall Nursing Notes reference card
  • CD-ROM with 700 practice questions 

About the Series
Prentice Hall's Nursing Review & Rationales Series is the complete foundation for success within the classroom, in clinical settings and on the NCLEX-RN exam. Each topical volume offers a concentrated review of core content from across the nursing curriculum, while providing hundreds of practice questions and comprehensive rationales. The only review series offering a tear-out reference card and additional audio reviews, the complete series includes the following volumes:

  • Nursing Fundamentals
  • Anatomy & Physiology 
  • Child Health Nursing
  • Fluids, Electrolytes, & Acid-Base Balance
  • Maternal-Newborn Nursing
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Nutrition & Diet Therapy
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Assessment
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Leadership & Management
  • Comprehensive Review for NCLEX-RN
  • Comprehensive Review for NCLEX-PN

About the Author

Mary Ann Hogan, MSN, RN has been a nurse educator for 25 years, currently as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has taught in diploma, associate degree, and baccalaureate nursing programs.A former item writer for the CAT NCLEX-RN® exam,Ms. Hogan has been teaching review courses throughout New England for the last 15 years. She also has contributed to a number of publications in the areas of adult health, pharmacology, and fundamentals of nursing. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (September 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132240785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132240789
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nursing is the heart of health care, regardless of the setting in which it is provided. My passion is helping students to prepare for their nursing careers. Why? Because each day nurses touch the lives of human beings in times of need. The Pearson Education Reviews and Rationales Series is a result of this passion. My overarching aim with this series is to provide current, evidence-based and quality study aids, to help students feed their own passion - becoming caring and competent nurses!

I was born and raised in western Massachusetts, and still reside there. I have taught in diploma, AD, and BS nursing programs, and am currently at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I began teaching NCLEX-RN review courses in the early 1990s, and for the past decade or so have also taught NCLEX-PN courses. My research interests relate to nurse clinical competence, nurse decision-making, and patient safety. I am a member of the American Nurses Association, ANA Massachusetts, the Eastern Nursing Research Society, National League for Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International (nursing honor society). When I am not pursuing my teaching and scholarship interests, I enjoy traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By B. S. Haas on December 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
Just completed my first semester of Nursing school, and could've scored a "B" using just this book and all the other online content assigned to class. This means I could've avoided reading the main textbook by Craven altogether! Our teacher was heavy on Nursing Behavior and light on Patient Pathology. This book did a much better job than the main text for test preparation. Each chapter has 20 questions with rationales, but the CD adds another 30 NCLEX questions per chapter, so over 500 questions total included.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. Wooten on January 10, 2008
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This is a very good book. It gotten me through my Fundamentals class. This book was a life saver. Loved it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By I.L. on June 13, 2008
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I am using this book to help me for my Fundamentals nursing class. The questions are really great as well as the rationales. There are 20 questions per chapter, as well as 10 more on the CD (per chapter). It also has a nice review of the section that the questions are based on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melbelle F on December 5, 2012
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I was down to a C bordering a D in Fundamentals Nursing class and it brought my grade up to a B plus it helped me get a good score on the HESI for this semester. I bought three different study aid books to help me and this one is the best. If you buy one book to help you please make it this one. It has excellent reviews of the information from Fundamentals class (breaks it down better and is more focused)and then the questions help prepare you for these tests. Trust me when I say these exams are not like any other test you have taken in college. I got a BS degree my first time though and this semester for getting my RN has been my biggest challenge yet. I have recommended this to several future first years to get an idea of what the tests are like and to get prepared. I love this book and will be using this to prepare for my final next week. I only regret that I got this mid way through the semester. Had I gotten this over the summer and used it to prepare I could have gotten an A in the class. Hindsight is 20/20. But hopefully for those of you looking at this review maybe I can save you the trouble. :)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BSN student on February 4, 2012
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I swear by this book. My school uses Potter & Perry and quite frankly, it is way too wordy. This book has all of the important info that P&P has, and in a much more intriguing and organized way. I plan on purchasing the entire collection and wish that I had known about the Health Assessment book for last semester!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Diaz on February 19, 2012
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I found this book helpful my first semester. The division of the chapters were very closely aligned with what I covered in my class. It worked better for me when I knew the material, because I only used this for review. I wished that this book had more questions and rationales to help train me for those types of questions and a section on fluids and electrolytes (but there is another book for that). Overall, still helpful and not bad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Haza on October 7, 2011
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This is so helpful for when you really can't read the 150+ pages/week for Fundies. Read the chapter and do the questions in the book before lecture... the CD is AWESOME for test prep!! I didn't use the VangoNotes but my classmates adore it. They use it during their commute to and from school. Get it, you won't regret it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Angela K. Dewispelaere on June 22, 2012
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I love all the Reviews and Rationales books I've used so far. This one really helped me review concepts for my first clinical semester of nursing school. This along with the Health Assessment Reviews and Rationales helped me to score high on exams. I made a 98% in Fundamentals and 99% in Health Assessment and using these books helped me know the concepts even when I didn't have time to read my textbook chapters. In fact, I barely read the chapters after I started using them. I would read through the chapters corresponding to the content we were covering in class. Then, along with my classes' PowerPoint notes, I would use the Pre and post-tests and the CD questions to review for tests. They worked for me and I'll be sure to get all the other books in the series as I go along in my program. In fact, I just ordered the Med-Surg book tonight.
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