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Higher Education

Fundamentals of Nursing: Standards and Practice, 3rd Edition

  • Sue Carter DeLaune
  • Patricia Kelly Ladner Lousiana State Board of Nursing
  • ISBN-10: 1401859186  |  ISBN-13: 9781401859183
  • 1376 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2002, 1998
  • © 2006 | Published
  • Newer Edition Available



Fundamentals of Nursing: Standards and Practice, third edition, highlights the core themes for the introductory nursing student, including nurse, person, health, and environment. This text provides comprehensive coverage of fundamental nursing concepts, skills, and standards of practice that challenge you to learn and apply critical thinking skills for culturally diverse populations in a variety of environments. Research, evidence-based practice, and emerging practice issues are highlighted to help you prepare for delivering care across a continuum of settings.

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Features and Benefits

  • Shows the big picture: related concepts are grouped so you can easily see the connection among topics, such as safety, hygiene, and infection control.
  • Encourages critical thinking: new discussion topics at the end of each chapter stimulate classroom discussion and enhance problem solving.
  • Robust online resources: an Online Companion packed with Concept Maps corresponding to Nursing Care Plans in the book is available to you as well as links to Delmar’s WebTutor Toolbox. Delmar is a part of Cengage Learning.

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Evolution of Nursing and Nursing Education
Ch. 2 Nursing Theory
Ch. 3 Research and Evidence Based Practice
Ch. 4 Health Care Delivery, Quality, and Continuum of Care
Ch. 5 Critical Thinking, Decision Making, and Nursing Process
Ch. 6 Assessment
Ch. 7 Nursing Diagnosis
Ch. 8 Planning and Outcome Identification
Ch. 9 Implementation
Ch. 10 Evaluation
Ch. 11 Leadership, Delegation, and Change
Ch. 12 Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
Ch. 13 Documentation and Informatics
Ch. 14 Nursing, Healing, and Caring
Ch. 15 Communication
Ch. 16 Health and Wellness Promotion
Ch. 17 Individual, Family, and Community as Client
Ch. 18 The Life Cycle
Ch. 19 The Older Client
Ch. 20 Cultural Diversity
Ch. 21 Client Education
Ch. 22 Self Concept
Ch. 23 Stress, Anxiety, and Adaptation
Ch. 24 Spirituality
Ch. 25 Loss and Grief
Ch. 26 Vital Signs
Ch. 27 Physical Assessment
Ch. 28 Diagnostic Testing
Ch. 29 Safety, Infection Control, and Hygiene
Ch. 30 Medication Administration
Ch. 31 Complementary/Alternative Modalities
Ch. 32 Oxygenation
Ch. 33 Fluid and Electrolytes
Ch. 34 Nutrition
Ch. 35 Comfort and Sleep
Ch. 36 Mobility
Ch. 37 Skin Integrity and Wound Healing
Ch. 38 Sensation, Perception, and Cognition
Ch. 39 Elimination
Ch. 40 Nursing Care of the Perioperative Client

What's New

  • Explores the evolution of the profession: includes an in-depth discussion of informatics and its impact on nursing documentation. In addition, new Delegation Tips accompany every procedure, showing you how leadership and management skills are put into practice.
  • Uses current language: NIC and NOC have been added in all Nursing Care Plans as standard language for interventions and outcomes.
  • Presents evidence-based research: boxes featuring the latest research appear in all clinical chapters and in other applicable chapters, such as Nursing Theory.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Study Guide  (ISBN-10: 1401859194 | ISBN-13: 9781401859190)

Containing over 700 questions in an easy-to-use format, this study guide reinforces the content presented in Fundamentals of Nursing: Standards and Practice, third edition, by Sue C. DeLaune and Patricia K. Ladner.

Electronic Classroom Manager  (ISBN-10: 1401859216 | ISBN-13: 9781401859213)

This vital electronic resource is free to all instructors who adopt the book. Comprehensive in scope, the CD-ROM contains everything needed to present, teach, and test fundamentals content.

Student Supplements

Study Guide  (ISBN-10: 1401859194 | ISBN-13: 9781401859190)

Study more effectively and improve your performance at exam time with this comprehensive guide. Written to work hand-in hand with FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING: STANDARDS AND PRACTICE, 3rd Edition, this user-friendly guide includes a wide variety of learning tools to help you master the key concepts of the course.

Skills Checklist  (ISBN-10: 1401859208 | ISBN-13: 9781401859206)

This clinical learning tool contains the step-by-step actions for every procedure found in Fundamentals of Nursing: Standards and Practice, third edition, by Sue C. DeLaune and Patricia K. Ladner.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Sue Carter DeLaune

Sue C. DeLaune is currently the Education Director of S DeLaune Consulting, an independent continuing education business in Mandeville, Louisiana. She is also Assistance Professor of Nursing at William Carey University, New Orleans, Louisiana, where she provides didactic and clinical instruction to students in fundamentals of nursing. Ms. DeLaune has taught nursing in diploma, associate degree and baccalaureate schools of nursing, as well as in RN-degree completion programs. With over thirty five years experience as a clinician, administrator and educator, she has taught fundamentals of nursing, psychiatric/mental health nursing, nursing leadership and research, professionalism, issues and trends and nursing ethics courses. She also presents seminars and workshops that help nurses to maintain competency in the areas of communication, leadership and teambuilding skills, client education, and stress management. Ms. DeLaune is the author of several other books, including CLINICALCONFERENCES AS TEACHING STRATEGIES, ANXIETY AND DISSOCIATIVE DISORDERS, PERSONALITY DISORDERS, VIOLENCE IN PSYCHIATRIC SETTINGS AND SOMATOFORM AND SLEEP DISORDERS. Ms. Delaune holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Degree from Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana and a Masters Degree in Nursing from Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International, Upsilon Theta Chapter and has been recognized as one of the Great 100 Nurses by the New Orleans District Nurses Association.

Patricia Kelly Ladner

Patricia K. Ladner, after retiring from forty years of nursing in 2005, has served as the Volunteer Coordinator for three Catholic Churches in DeLisle, Mississippi, Katrina Recovery. Following Katrina, she has presented numerous workshops on Infection Control and Dealing with Loss, as well as coordinating the activities of volunteers from many states. She is a former Consultant for Nursing Practice in the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and has taught nursing in diploma and associate degree schools of nursing prior to her retirement. Ms. Ladner has been recognized as one of the Great 100 Nurses by the New Orleans District Nurses Association and is a 2009 Caring Woman Honoree by the Biloxi Regional Medical Center and Cable One. Ms. Ladner holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Marillac College, St. Louis, Missouri, a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Troy State University, Troy, Alabama and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.