Essentials of Nursing Care - Health Differences

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The Essentials of Nursing Care: Health Differences measures knowledge and understanding of the needs of patients of various age groups and the nursing care associated with them. You will be expected to determine nursing care and nursing actions common to patients through the life cycle. The exam requires knowledge in the following areas:
  • Technical vocabulary
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Emotional and physical development

Topics include:

  • Basic Concepts
    • Principles related to normal nutrition
    • Components of normal nutrition
    • Factors influencing the patient’s nutrition
  • Nursing Process
  • Basic Concepts
    • Principles related to normal elimination
    • Factors influencing the patient’s intestinal and urinary elimination
    • Common disturbances of intestinal elimination
    • Common disturbances of urinary elimination
  • Nursing Process
  • Basic Concepts
    • Principles related to normal oxygenation
    • Factors influencing the patient’s oxygenation
    • Common disturbances
  • Nursing Process
Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalance
  • Basic Concepts
    • Principles related to normal fluid and electrolyte balance
    • Factors influencing the patient’s fluid and electrolyte balance
    • Common disturbances of fluid balance
    • Common disturbances of electrolyte balance
  • Nursing Process
  • Basic Concepts
    • Principles relating to mobility
    • Factors influencing the patient's activity/mobility
    • Common disturbances related to immobility
  • Nursing Process
  • Basic Concepts
    • Principles related to sleep
    • Factors influencing the patient’s rest and sleep
    • Common disturbances in sleep
  • Nursing Process

The material contained in this course is directly related to the following textbooks: Fundamentals of Nursing, eighth edition, by Barbara Kozier, Glenora Erb, Audrey Berman, and Shirlee J. Snyder (Prentice Hall/Pearson Education, Inc., 2008) along with a secondary text on nutrition called Nutritional Care, fifth edition, by Mary Courtney Moore (Mosby–Year Book, Inc., 2005).

For those who wish to do further reading, you may want to consider the following additional textbooks:
  • Ladwig and Ackley’s Mosby’s Guide to Nursing Diagnosis (Mosby)
  • Hockenberry and Winkelstein’s Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing (Mosby)
  • Kee and McCuistion’s Pharmacology (Elsevier)
  • Monahan et al.’s Phipps’ Medical-Surgical Nursing (Mosby)
  • Schlenker and Long’s Williams’ Essentials of Nutrition and Diet Therapy (Mosby)

(Taken from “Excelsior College Examination Content Guide for Essentials of Nursing Care: Health Differences,” Excelsior College Examinations, ©2009, Excelsior College, Albany, New York)

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

  • Fundamentals of Nursing
      8th by Kozier, Barbara / Erb, Glenora / Berman, Audrey / Snyder, Shirlee J. - Prentice Hall/Pearson Education, 2008
    ISBN 9780131714687