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Essentials of Nursing Care - Chronicity

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Essentials of Nursing Care: Chronicity tests the concepts and principles related to the application of the nursing roles of provider and manager of care and member of profession when applying the nursing process to the care of patients across the life span who are experiencing chronic illness, disability, or end of life with a primary health concern of comfort, pain, or sensory impairment and whose primary base of care is a community setting. Critical thinking skills and caring behaviors needed to provide and manage care for these patients are stressed. Evidence-based nursing care and standards for nursing practice, as well as ethical, legal, and regulatory concerns specific to these patients are also addressed.

For the exam, you will be expected to demonstrate the ability to
  • apply nursing process with culturally divoerse patients across the life span to promote health and wellness and manage illness when the health concern is
    • comfort,
    • pain,
    • sensory impairment,
    • chronic illness,
    • end of life
    • a community-based setting;
  • incorporate knowledge from theoretical frameworks using principles, concepts, and theories from the natural, social, and nursing sciences to choose among alternative solutions to make clinical decisions when caring for these patients;
  • use therapeutic communication and demonstrate caring and cultural sensitivity when interacting with these patients;
  • apply concepts from interpreted research to improve effectiveness of nursing care; and
  • implement the roles of provider and manager of care and member of profession.
For those who wish to do further reading, you may want to consider any of the following textbooks:
  • Chronic Illness by Ilene Lubkin and Pamela Larson (Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury, MA)
  • Introduction to Community Based Nursing by Roberta Hunt (Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins)
  • Phipps� Medical-Surgical Nursing: Health and Illness Perspectives by Frances Donovan Monahan, Judith K. Sands, Marianne Neighbors, Jane F. Marek, and Carol J. Green (Mosby, Inc.)
  • Mosby�s Guide to Nursing Diagnosis by Gail B. Ladwig and Betty J. Ackley (Mosby, Inc.)
  • Williams� Essentials of Nutrition & Diet Therapy by Eleanor D. Schlenker and Sara Long (Mosby, Inc.)
  • Wong�s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing by Marilyn J. Hockenberry (Mosby, Inc.)
  • Pharmacology: A Nursing Process Approach by Joyce LeFever Kee, Evelyn T. Hayes, and Linda E. McCuistion (Mosby, Inc.)

(Taken by permission from �Excelsior College� Examination Content Guide for Essentials of Nursing Care: Chronicity,� Excelsior College Examinations, Excelsior College, Albany, New York.)

The required textbook(s) for this course is listed below.

  • Davis NCLEX-RN Success   
      2nd by Lagerquist, Sally L. - F. A. Davis Company, 2006
    ISBN 9780-8036-1242-6
  • Fundamentals of Nursing   
      8th by Kozier, Barbara / Erb, Glenora / Berman, Audrey / Snyder, Shirlee J. - Prentice Hall/Pearson Education, 2008
    ISBN 9780131714687
  • Medical - Surgical Nursing   
      7th by Lewis, Sharon / Heitkemper, Margaret McLean / Dirksen, Shannon Ruff - Mosby, Inc., 2007
    ISBN 978-0-323-03690-0