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Printed Version - $225

Online Access - $225

Foundations in Nursing Practice

Premier Product - Online access for this course is 30 weeks. After you purchase a Premier course, you will receive your online ID and password via email within two business days.

Academic Support (Available for Premier Product Only) - If you purchase the additional Academic Support for this course you will receive 24 weeks of support.

Foundations in Nursing Practice 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 diverse 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)
  • 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 Foundations in Nursing Practice,” Excelsior College Examinations, Excelsior College, Albany, New York.)

Important - Please be sure to order the correct required textbook(s) for the type of product that you would like (Traditional, Advanced or Premier) The required textbook(s) for the Advanced and Premier Course are listed below.

  • Fundamentals of Nursing, 9th edition, Pearson, ISBN 9780138024611
  • Community Health Nursing, 5th edition, Pearson, ISBN 9780131709829
  • Phipps’ Medical-Surgical Nursing, 8th edition, Mosby, ISBN 9780323031974
  • Mosby’s Guide to Nursing Diagnosis, 4th edition, Mosby, ISBN 9780323089203

The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

  • Mosby's Guide to Nursing Diagnosis 4th   
       by Ladwig and Ackley - Elsevier, 2014
    ISBN 9780323089203
  • Davis's NCLEX-RN Success   
      3rd by Sally Lagerquist - F.A. Davis Company, 2012
    ISBN 9780803621640
  • Medical Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems   
      8th by Lewis, Dirksen, Heitkemper, Bucher, Camera - Elsevier Mosby, 2011
    ISBN 9780323065801
  • Fundamentals of Nursing Concepts, Process and Practice   
      9th by Barbara Kozier, Glenora Erb, Audrey Berman and Shirlee Snyder - Prentice Hall,
    ISBN 9780138024611