Higher Education

Transitioning From LPN/VN to RN: Moving Ahead in Your Career, 2nd Edition

  • Gena Duncan Lutheran College of Health Professions
  • Rene DePew University of St. Francis
  • ISBN-10: 1435448219  |  ISBN-13: 9781435448216
  • 336 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $79.50
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TRANSITIONING FROM LPN/VN TO RN: MOVING AHEAD IN YOUR CAREER, 2E provides coverage of key RN roles, including client care, management, delegation, and leadership. This book clearly explains how an RN's role differs from that of an LPN/VN's; providing appropriate theoretical knowledge and fully explains the relationship of theory to practice.

Features and Benefits

  • CRITICAL THINKING: Critical thinking questions and activities are included within the text of each chapter so readers can reflect on and assimilate new concepts.
  • REVIEW QUESTIONS: Real-life clinical scenarios are provided at the start of each chapter with reflection questions to facilitate self-assessment - follow-up questions at the end of the chapter gauge retention of concepts.
  • THEMES: Key themes are highlighted throughout in italics and color to help orient the student to important knowledge at a glance.
  • PRACTICE EXAMPLES: Examples of useful documents are provided throughout with the opportunity to practice using these resources.
  • DETAILED APPENDIX: An appendix is devoted to explaining the new testing format for the NCLEX-RN and the reader is given the opportunity to practice sample questions.

Table of Contents

Part I. Role Transition.
1. Returning to School.
2. Role Transition.
3. Enhancing Assessment Skills.
4. LPN and RN Knowledge and Roles.
5. Communication.
Part II. The Nurse as Caregiver.
6. Provider of Care.
7. Clinical Decision Making and the Nursing Process.
8. Client Teaching.
Part III. The Nurse as Manager.
9. The Nurse as Leader.
10. Managing Client Care.
Part IV. Professional Considerations.
11. Nursing Theory as a Basis to Practice Nursing.
12. Ethical and Legal Considerations.
Appendix A. Deja Vu. Nursing Exams Today and Licensure Exam Tomorrow.
Appendix B. IV Therapy Skills.
Appendix C. Medication Preparation and Administration Competency for Registered Nurses.
Appendix D. American Nurses Association Code of Ethics.
Appendix E. The International Council of Nurses Code of Ethics.
Appendix F. National Student Nurses' Association, Inc. Code of Professional Conduct.
Appendix G. National Student Nurses' Association, Inc. Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct.

What's New

  • Theory to Practice feature that has application type questions that assist the LPN to see their role as an RN.
  • Revision of Nursing Process chapter with information on writing and utilizing the Nursing Care Plan.
  • Added section on concept mapping with examples.
  • Journaling Your Journey feature – provides opportunities for students to process chapter content and assess their journeying as they pursuing their nursing education.
  • Revised Resources with hyperlinks.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Health Assessment and Physical Examination, 4th + Transitioning From LPN/VN to RN: Moving Ahead in Your Career, 2nd

ISBN-10: 113350082X | ISBN-13: 9781133500827

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  • Health Assessment and Physical Examination
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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Gena Duncan

Working as an RN for 36 years as a clinician and educator has equipped Gena with a wide range of nursing experiences and varied skills to meet the educational needs of today's students. She has a MSEd and MSN. During her professional career, Gena served as a staff nurse, assistant head nurse of a medical-surgical unit, continuing education instructor, associate professor in an LPN, LPN-RN, and ADN program, and director of an associate degree nursing program. She has taught LPN, ADN, BSN, and MSN nursing students. As a faculty member she taught many nursing courses and served on a statewide curriculum committee for a state college. As director of an associate degree nursing program, she was instrumental in starting and obtaining state board approval of an LPN-RN nursing program. She also assisted with the development of an associate degree program in a state college. Her master's research thesis was titled, An Investigation of Learning Styles of Practical and Baccalaureate Students. The results of the study are published in the Journal of Nursing Education. She has co-authored six textbooks, two foundations of nursing texts, two medical-surgical textbooks, a foundations of maternal and pediatric nursing, and a transitions text for LPN to RN students. Gena presented the topic Clinical Practicum: Ready or Not, at the Health Occupations Students of America 2010 Education Symposium. She has been an active member of Sigma Theta Tau.

Rene DePew

Co-author Rene DePew began her career as an LPN, obtained her BSN, then her Masters as a Nurse Practitioner. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Saint Francis.