Child Health Nursing (3rd Edition)

Child Health Nursing (3rd Edition)

Author: Jane W. Ball DrPH RN CPNP and Ruth C. Bindler

Publisher: Pearson


Publish Date: April 1, 2013

ISBN-10: 0132840073

Pages: 1536

File Type: Epub

Language: English

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Book Preface

The world children grow up in today is vastly different from the world we experienced in our early years. Our evolving social environment has resulted in diverse family structures and roles. Multiple racial and ethnic groups now commonly share communities, work environments, and recreation. A variety of technology applications are part of children’s daily routines. Nutritional patterns have changed due to the complexity of daily lives and food marketing, and the environment is identified as an increasing influence on child and adolescent health. The geospatial design elements of communities, including schools, modes of transportation, and safety in neighborhoods, have altered daily behaviors. Life in complex societies offers new challenges to mental health, and homes provide diverse risk and protective factors in managing the health and illness of child family members. New ways of treating diseases, from applications of genomics to a current generation of medications, influence youth health. Healthcare reform, electronic health records, new approaches to chronic and acute condition management, and a focus on prevention have contributed to changes in the information that nurses and other healthcare providers need. We draw heavily upon Healthy People 2020 in this text to guide our suggested interventions and evaluation of goals for health conditions.

In addition to an evolution of influences on child health, there have been incredible achievements in nursing education. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) published the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice in 2008. While we know that many Associate Degree Nursing programs use our books, we also are aware that a number of those programs also use “the Baccalaureate Essentials” in establishing their curricula. We have therefore applied the Essentials throughout the book and cite them in a new feature (see a description later in this preface). In 2009, the “Carnegie Report” on Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation was published. This long-awaited study emphasized the importance of connecting classroom and clinical learning, focusing on clinical reasoning when working with students, and fostering career ladders and lifelong learning. These recommendations inform our clinical judgment and clinical reasoning features. Finally, in 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The IOM recommended that nurses function to the full extent of their education and training, achieve higher levels of education, be full partners with physicians and other healthcare professionals in the redesign of health care, and work to plan policies that ensure data collection and information infrastructure.

Child Health Nursing: Partnering with Children & Families is a contemporary pediatric nursing textbook. Excellence in pediatric nursing care, whether it is in the acute care setting or in the community, is a challenge and the major objective guiding today’s pediatric nurse. You, as a student, will be challenged to synthesize previous information with new knowledge, apply evidence-based findings, collaborate with other healthcare professionals and families, and integrate current knowledge to use clinical reasoning skills in planning pediatric nursing care. You will be challenged to lead, examining ways in which you can positively influence the health care of children and their families in the challenging times of healthcare reform.

The third edition of Child Health Nursing builds upon the strong foundation and planning of the first two editions and addresses the need for fresh approaches to child and adolescent health care and nursing education in several ways. Themes in this book include:

  • Partnering with Children and Their Families
  • The Roles and Essential Functions of the Nurse
  • Health Promotion and Health Maintenance
  • Collaboration with Families and Healthcare Providers
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Clinical Reasoning

The subtitle, Partnering with Children & Families, reflects the core value of our textbook—emphasizing family-centered care, recognition of the family as the central influence in each child’s life, and respect for families from all cultures. Families are viewed as case managers, as partners with healthcare providers, and as integral participants in care in all pediatric nursing settings. Partnership and interprofessional collaboration are other key concepts of our textbook. In the past, we introduced the Bindler-Ball Child Healthcare Model as a paradigm with which to view health care of children. This model illustrates an important core value—that all children need health promotion and maintenance interventions, no matter where they seek care or what health conditions they may be experiencing. Families may visit offices or other community settings, specifically to obtain health supervision care; or nurses may integrate health promotion and maintenance into the care for children with acute and chronic illness in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. The Bindler-Ball Healthcare Model places health promotion and maintenance at the foundation of a pyramid to demonstrate the need to apply these concepts with all children. See Chapter 1 for an introduction to this model.

What’s New In This Edition

  • Baccalaureate Essentials Boxes highlight the nine essentials of nursing education identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
  • NANDA-I 2012-2014 nursing diagnoses for multiple conditions.
  • Updated Healthy People 2020 goals for the pediatric population.
  • More Evidence-Based Practice features emphasize nursing research and offer a critical thinking element.
  • Clinical Judgment speed bumps to encourage critical thinking.
  • Clinical Reasoning section at the end of chapter to help with application of concepts and synthesis.
  • New statistics, and integration of current health care implications and environmental considerations.

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