Fundamentals of Nursing Care

Concepts, Connections & Skills

3rd Edition
Includes Davis Edge

Think like a nurse from the very beginning.

Fundamentals of Nursing Care, 3rd Edition, Online Resources, and Davis Edge work together to create an interactive learning experience that teaches students to make the connections each step of the way.

The text, written specifically for LPNs/LVNs, provides the comprehensive foundational knowledge they need to understand. Online Resources equip instructors with the lesson plans, teaching resources, and activities to create an active classroom environment where students can apply what they’re learning. Davis Edge online quizzing tracks student progress; assesses their knowledge; and provides real time analytics to identify their weak concepts and topic areas. This additional practice and direction helps students be successful in this course and builds their confidence as they prepare for the NCLEX® exam.

Davis Edge

Davis Edge is the online quizzing program that integrates seamlessly into the classroom to give students the additional practice questions they need to perform well on course and board exams.

It provides instructors with the real-time information they need to monitor, track, and assess their class’ mastery of the content. Educators will be able to easily identify the areas in which students are struggling, intervene quickly, and provide relevant remediation to ensure that students succeed and improve within following areas:

  • Comprehension and Retention: How well do students understand the content?
  • Participation and Engagement: Are students keeping-up with their reading and assignments?
  • Test-Taking Skills: Are students prepared for NCLEX®-style questions and improving their test-taking skills?

BONUS! Quizzes in the Instructor Reserve section of Davis Edge can be assigned to ensure your students have watched the corresponding videos from Davis’s Nursing Skills Videos for LPN/LVN, 3rd Edition, sold separately.

An access code inside new printed texts unlocks Davis Edge and other online resources, including an ebook powered by VitalSource.

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Table of Contents


1 The Vista of Nursing

2 Health-Care Delivery, Settings and Economics

3 Ethics, Law, and Delegation in Nursing

4 The Nursing Process: Critical Thinking, and Decision Making

5 Documentation



6 Communication and Relationships

7 Promoting Health and Wellness

8 Ethnic, Cultural, and Spiritual Aspects of Care

9 Growth and Development throughout the Lifespan

10 Loss, Grief, and Dying

11 Complementary and Alternative Medicine

12 Patient Teaching



13 Safety

14 Medical Asepsis and Infection Control

15 Personal Care

16 Moving and Positioning Patients

17 Vital Signs

18 Applying Heat and Cold

19 Pain Management, Rest, and Restorative Sleep

20 Admission, Transfer, and Discharge

21 Physical Assessment

22 Surgical Asepsis



23 Nutrition

24 Nutritional Care and Support

25 Diagnostic Tests

26 Wound Care

27 Musculoskeletal Care

28 Respiratory Care

29 Fluids, Electrolytes, and Introduction to Acid-Base Balance

30 Bowel Elimination and Care

31 Urinary Elimination and Care

32 Care of Elderly Patients

33 Care of the Surgical Patient

34 Phlebotomy and Blood Specimens



35 Researching and Preparing Medications

36 Administering Oral, Topical, and Mucosal Medications

37 Administering Intradermal, Subcutaneous, and Intramuscular Injections

38 Intravenous Therapy


Appendix A: Photo and Illustration Credits for Unnumbered Figures



Key Features


  • “Think like a Nurse” Connection boxes illustrate how to apply theory to practice in key areas: Clinicals - A&P - Patient Teaching - Real World Nursing - People & Places - Knowledge - Lab/Diagnoses - Delegation/Supervision.
  • Step-by-step procedures for over 120 skills make every concept easy to grasp.
  • “Post Conference” boxes follow each skill, summarizing what students have learned and describing the possible reactions of both patient and nurse.
  • Critical-thinking questions hone skills and thought processes for clinical success.
  • Geriatric content throughout familiarizes students with this patient demographic.

Davis Edge

  • Over 2,000 NCLEX-style questions that align to Fundamentals of Nursing Care with page references
  • Comprehensive rationales for both correct and incorrect answers to promote in-depth understanding
  • Test-taking tips to prepare students for exams and build their confidence
  • All different question types, including those that students struggle with like alternate-format, select all that apply (SATA), prioritization and ordered response
  • Responsive design for access from laptop, tablet, and mobile devices
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Grade: 9-12

Fundamentals of Nursing Care, 3E (Student Textbook) (Print)
ISBN: 978-0-8036-6906-2
Author: Marti Burton, David Smith and Linda J. May Ludwig
© 2019
Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 984
Binding: Softcover

Fundamentals of Nursing Care, 3E (Student Textbook eBook) (Web-based)
Author: Marti Burton, David Smith and Linda J. May Ludwig
© 2019
Print Color: Full Color

Fundamentals of Nursing Care, 3E (Study Guide) (Print)
ISBN: 978-0-8036-6907-9
Author: Marti Burton, David Smith and Linda J. May Ludwig
© 2019
Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 336
Binding: Softcover

Fundamentals of Nursing Care, 3E (Study Guide eBook) (Web-based)
Author: Marti Burton, David Smith and Linda J. May Ludwig
© 2019
Page Count: 336
Print Color: Full Color

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