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Medical Fundamentals & Skills

Foundations of Professional Nursing

Care of Self and Others

by (author) Katherine Renpenning, Susan Gebhardt Taylor & Judith M. Pickens

Springer Publishing
Initial publish date
May 2016
Fundamentals & Skills
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Integrates the science of self-care with other nursing and multidisciplinary perspectives

This is the first text for the Professional Nursing Practice course in RN to BSN curriculum to present a conceptual framework for contemporary nursingpractice based on the science of self-care that also incorporates other nursing and multidisciplinary perspectives. Built upon the premise that nursing isboth a caring and a knowledge-based profession, this cutting-edge text illustrates how to attain and integrate knowledge from nursing theory and theoriesof related disciplines to achieve optimal evidence-based nursing practice. Using case studies to demonstrate the relationship between nursing theory andpractice, the text underscores the importance of having a deep understanding and conceptual model of the unique role of nursing in society and its practicedomain.

The text instills a foundational understanding of the science of self-care and its contribution to contemporary nursing. It describes how this paradigm isgaining recognition as an effective anti-burnout strategy and demonstrates how it can be applied. Case examples from a variety of clinical situationsintegrated with nursing theory demonstrate the variables needed to achieve optimal nursing practice. The book illustrates what data to collect, how toanalyze that data, how to design and implement intervention strategies, and how to determine their effectiveness. Key concept boxes, measurable objectiveswith critical thinking questions, and learning activities reinforce content. Additionally, more complex cases included at the end of the text and frequentlinks to nursing literature provide fodder for more in-depth analysis.

Key Features:


  • Provides an integrative model for nursing practice based on self-care that is useful in all clinical settings
  • Illustrates how to attain and integrate knowledge from the science of self-care with other nursing theories
  • Demonstrates the relationship between theory and practice through case studies
  • Introduces students to the importance of recording and analyzing data to achieve evidence-based practice
  • Includes measurable objectives with review questions at the end of chapters and many other pedagogical features

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Katherine Renpenning , MScN,is a nursing consultant whose career has primarily focused on the utility of self-care deficit nursing theory in improving nursing practice and nursing education.

Susan G. Taylor, PhD, RN, FAAN,is Professor Emerita, Sinclair School of Nursing at University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Taylor has presented nationally and internationally on Orem's Self Care Theory. She is the recipient of many awards, including Alumnae of the Year from Alverno College, Missouri Tribute to Nurses Nurse Educator, Kemper Fellow for Teaching Excellence, and the MO Alumni Association Faculty Award.

Judith M. Pickens, RN, PhD, has been an Assistant Professor/Clinical Associate Professor in the Undergraduate/ Post-Masters Psychiatric-Mental Health (P-MH) clinical/ theory.

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