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NCLEX-RN Exam Prep, Third Edition

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Table of Contents

  1. About This eBook
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents at a Glance
  5. Table of Contents
  6. About the Authors
  7. About the Contributing Authors
  8. About the Technical Editors
  9. Dedication
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. We Want to Hear from You!
  12. Reader Services
  13. Introduction
    1. Organization
    2. Instructional Features
    3. Extensive Practice Test Options
    4. Final Review
    5. About the NCLEX Exam
    6. Contact the Author
  14. Study and Exam Preparation Tips
    1. Study Tips
    2. Exam Prep Tips
  15. Part I: Exam Preparation
    1. Chapter One. Pharmacology
      1. Three Areas of Pharmacology
      2. How Nurses Work with Pharmacology
      3. Time-released Drugs
      4. Administering Medications
      5. Understanding and Identifying the Various Drugs
      6. Herbals
      7. Drug Schedules
      8. Pregnancy Categories for Drugs
      9. Key Concepts
      10. Apply Your Knowledge
    2. Chapter Two. Fluid and Electrolyte and Acid/Base Balance
      1. Total Body Water Calculation
      2. Management of the Client with Imbalances in Fluid and Electrolytes
      3. Key Concepts
      4. Apply Your Knowledge
      5. Suggested Reading and Resources
    3. Chapter Three. Care of the Client with Cardiovascular Disorders
      1. Hypertension
      2. Coronary Artery Disease
      3. Conduction System of the Heart
      4. Cardiac Monitoring
      5. Cardiac Dysrhythmias
      6. Angina Pectoris
      7. Myocardial Infarction
      8. Aneurysms
      9. Inflammatory Diseases of the Heart
      10. Varicose Veins/Thrombophlebitis
      11. Raynaud’s Phenomenon
      12. Buerger’s Disease
      13. Key Concepts
      14. Key Terms
      15. Diagnostics
      16. Apply Your Knowledge
      17. Suggested Reading and Resources
    4. Chapter Four. Care of the Client with Endocrine Disorders
      1. Pituitary Gland
      2. Thyroid Disorders
      3. Parathyroid Disorders
      4. Diabetes Mellitus
      5. Adrenal Gland
      6. Key Concepts
      7. Apply Your Knowledge
      8. Suggested Reading and Resources
    5. Chapter Five. Care of the Client with Respiratory Disorders
      1. Noninfectious Disorders of the Lower Respiratory Tract
      2. Infectious Disorders of the Lower Respiratory Tract
      3. Life-Threatening Pulmonary Disorders
      4. Emerging Infections
      5. Key Concepts
      6. Apply Your Knowledge
      7. Suggested Reading and Resources
    6. Chapter Six. Care of the Client with Genitourinary Disorders
      1. Renal Disorders
      2. Acute and Chronic Renal Failure
      3. Urinary Disorders
      4. Genitourinary Disorders
      5. Key Concepts
      6. Apply Your Knowledge
      7. Suggested Reading and Resources
    7. Chapter Seven. Care of the Client with Integumentary Disorders
      1. Common Infections of the Integumentary System
      2. Psoriasis
      3. Pressure Ulcers
      4. Burns
      5. Key Concepts
      6. Apply Your Knowledge
      7. Suggested Reading and Resources
    8. Chapter Eight. Care of the Client with Sensory Disorders
      1. Disorders of the Eyes
      2. Disorders of the Ears
      3. Key Concepts
      4. Apply Your Knowledge
      5. Suggested Reading and Resources
    9. Chapter Nine. Care of the Client with Gastrointestinal Disorders
      1. Peptic Ulcer Disease
      2. Inflammatory Bowel Disorders
      3. Diverticular Disease
      4. Hemorrhoids
      5. Appendicitis
      6. Peritonitis
      7. Intestinal Obstruction
      8. Esophageal Disorders
      9. Diseases Associated with the Liver
      10. Acute Pancreatitis
      11. Cholecystitis/Cholelithiasis
      12. Clostridium Difficile
      13. Food-Borne Illnesses
      14. Key Concepts
      15. Apply Your Knowledge
      16. Suggested Reading and Resources
    10. Chapter Ten. Care of the Client with Hematological Disorders
      1. Anemia
      2. Thalassemia
      3. Polycythemia Vera
      4. Hemophilia
      5. Transfusion Therapy
      6. Key Concepts
      7. Apply Your Knowledge
      8. Suggested Reading and Resources
    11. Chapter Eleven. Care of the Client with Disorders of the Neurological System
      1. Neurological Assessment
      2. Brain Injuries
      3. Brain Tumors
      4. Care of the Client with Intracranial Surgery (Craniotomy)
      5. Cerebrovascular Accident/Stroke
      6. Seizures
      7. Parkinson’s Disease
      8. Meningitis
      9. Autoimmune Neurological Disorders
      10. Degenerative Neurological Disorders
      11. Cranial Nerve Disorders
      12. Spinal Cord Injuries
      13. Intervertebral Disk Disease
      14. Key Concepts
      15. Apply Your Knowledge
      16. Suggested Reading and Resources
    12. Chapter Twelve. Care of the Client with Immunologic Disorders
      1. Immunodeficiency Syndrome
      2. Diagnoses
      3. HIV Prevention
      4. Management of the Client with HIV
      5. Key Concepts
      6. Apply Your Knowledge
      7. Suggested Reading and Resources
    13. Chapter Thirteen. Care of the Client with Neoplastic Disorders
      1. American Cancer Society’s Seven Warning Signs of Cancer
      2. The Four Major Categories of Cancer
      3. Risk Factors for Specific Cancers
      4. Cancer Prevention
      5. Major Types of Cancer
      6. General Interventions for Clients with Cancer
      7. Neoplastic-Associated Disorders and Emergencies
      8. Bone Marrow and Peripheral Stem Cell Transplantation
      9. Key Concepts
      10. Apply Your Knowledge
      11. Suggested Reading and Resources
    14. Chapter Fourteen. Care of the Client with Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders
      1. Fractures
      2. Osteoporosis
      3. Osteoarthritis
      4. Fibromyalgia
      5. Ankylosing Spondylitis
      6. Gout
      7. Rheumatoid Arthritis
      8. Lupus Erythematosus
      9. Musculoskeletal Surgical Procedures
      10. Key Concepts
      11. Apply Your Knowledge
      12. Suggested Reading and Resources
    15. Chapter Fifteen. Care of the Childbearing Client and the Neonatal Client
      1. Prenatal Care
      2. Intrapartal Care
      3. Complications Associated with Pregnancy
      4. Complications Associated with Labor and Delivery
      5. Pharmacologic Management of Labor
      6. Postpartum Care
      7. Newborn Care
      8. Women’s Health Issues
      9. Key Concepts
      10. Apply Your Knowledge
      11. Suggested Reading and Resources
    16. Chapter Sixteen. Care of the Pediatric Client
      1. Growth and Development
      2. Caring for the Child with Respiratory Disorders
      3. Caring for the Child with Gastrointestinal Disorders
      4. Caring for the Child with Cardiovascular Disorders
      5. Caring for the Child with Genitourinary Disorders
      6. Caring for the Child with Neoplastic Disorders
      7. Caring for the Child with Cerebral Disorders
      8. Caring for the Child with Integumentary Disorders
      9. Caring for the Child with Communicable Disease
      10. Caring for the Child with Musculoskeletal Disorders
      11. Caring for the Child with Neuromuscular Disorders
      12. Caring for the Abused and Neglected Child
      13. Key Concepts
      14. Apply Your Knowledge
      15. Suggested Reading and Resources
    17. Chapter Seventeen. Care of the Client with Psychiatric Disorders
      1. Anxiety-related Disorders
      2. Personality Disorders
      3. Psychotic Disorders
      4. Substance Abuse
      5. Psychological Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
      6. Key Concepts
      7. Apply Your Knowledge
      8. Suggested Reading and Resources
    18. Chapter Eighteen. Emergency Care
      1. The ABCDs of Emergency Care
      2. Trauma
      3. Poisoning
      4. Poisonous Stings and Bites
      5. Bioterrorism
      6. Key Concepts
      7. Apply Your Knowledge
      8. Suggested Reading and Resources
    19. Chapter Nineteen. Legal Issues in Nursing Practice
      1. Types of Laws
      2. Code of Ethical Behavior in Nursing Practice
      3. Legal Theories That Affect Nursing Practice
      4. Managing Client Care
      5. Key Terms
      6. Apply Your Knowledge
      7. Suggested Reading and Resources
    20. Chapter Twenty. Cultural Practices Influencing Nursing Care
      1. Cultural Assessment
      2. Healthcare of Hispanics/Latinos
      3. Healthcare of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives
      4. Healthcare of Asian-Americans
      5. Healthcare of Arab-Americans
      6. Nursing Plan Dietary Considerations Across Cultures
      7. Religious Beliefs and Refusal of Care Considerations
      8. Key Terms
      9. Apply Your Knowledge
      10. Suggested Reading and Resources
  16. Part II: Final Review
    1. Fast Facts: The NCLEX RN Exam Prep
    2. Practice Exam I
      1. Fluid and Electrolytes and Acid/Base Balance
      2. Care of the Client with Cardiovascular Disorders
      3. Care of the Client with Endocrine Disorders
      4. Care of the Client with Immunological Disorders
      5. Care of the Childbearing Client and the Neonatal Client
    3. Practice Exam II
      1. Care of the Client with Respiratory Disorders
      2. Care of the Client with Genitourinary Disorders
      3. Care of the Client with Integumentary Disorders
      4. Care of the Client with Sensory Disorders
      5. Care of the Pediatric Client
      6. Care of the Client with Psychiatric Disorders
      7. Emergency Care
    4. Practice Exam III
      1. Care of the Client with Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders
      2. Care of the Client with Gastrointestinal Disorders
      3. Care of the Client with Neoplastic Disorders
      4. Care of the Client with Neurological Disorders
      5. Care of the Client with Hematological Disorders
    5. Practice Exam IV: Management and Alternative Item Exam Questions
      1. Management Questions
      2. Alternative Items
    6. Answers to Practice Exam I
      1. Answers at a Glance to Practice Exam I
      2. Answers with Explanations
    7. Answers to Practice Exam II
      1. Answers at a Glance to Practice Exam II
      2. Answers with Explanations
    8. Answers to Practice Exam III
      1. Answers at a Glance to Practice Exam III
      2. Answers with Explanations
    9. Answers to Practice Exam IV: Management and Alternative Item Exam Questions
      1. Answers to Management Questions
      2. Alternative Item Answers
  17. Part III: Appendixes
    1. Appendix A. Things You Forgot
      1. Therapeutic Drug Levels
      2. Vital Signs
      3. Anticoagulant Therapy
      4. Intrapartal Normal Values
      5. Standard Precautions
      6. Revised Life Support Guidelines (American Heart Association)
      7. Defense Mechanisms
      8. Nutrition Notes
      9. Immunization Schedule
    2. Appendix B. Need to Know More?
      1. Pharmacology
      2. Care of the Client with Respiratory Disorders
      3. Care of the Client with Genitourinary Disorders
      4. Care of the Client with Hematological Disorders
      5. Fluid and Electrolytes and Acid/Base Balance
      6. Care of the Client with Burns
      7. Care of the Client with Sensory Disorders
      8. Care of the Client with Neoplastic Disorders
      9. Care of the Client with Gastrointestinal Disorders
      10. Care of the Client with Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorder
      11. Care of the Client with Endocrine Disorders
      12. Care of the Client with Cardiac Disorders
      13. Care of the Client with Neurological Disorders
      14. Care of the Client with Psychiatric Disorders
      15. Maternal-Newborn Care
      16. Care of the Pediatric Client
      17. Cultural Practices Influencing Nursing Care
      18. Legal Issues in Nursing Practice
    3. Appendix C. Calculations
      1. The Apothecary System of Measurement
      2. The Household System of Measurement
      3. Metric Measurements
      4. Test Your Math Skills
      5. Answers
    4. Appendix D. Most Commonly-Prescribed Medications in the United States
  18. Index
  19. Alternative Items: Questions
  20. Alternative Items: Answers