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Olds’ Maternal-Newborn Nursing & Women’s Health Across the Lifespan, 10th Edition
Author: Michele C. Davidson (Author), Marcia L. London (Author), Patricia W. Ladewig (Author)
This is the eBook of the printed book and may not include any media, website access codes, or print supplements that may come packaged with the bound book.
For courses in maternal-child nursing, care of women and children, and women’s health, for both 4-year BSN-level courses and selected ADN-level (2-year) programs
A humanistic, holistic approach to thinking like a nurse
Olds’ Maternal-Newborn Nursing & Women’s Health: Across the Lifespan is a family-focused text that covers maternal-newborn nursing and women’s health topics with special attention to evidence-based practice, cultural competence, critical thinking, professionalism, patient education, and home/community care. Relatable and engaging, the text is built upon the philosophy that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes, and that family members are partners in care. The holistic approach helps readers develop their clinical-reasoning skills, and prepare to practice nursing in an ever-changing healthcare environment.
Nurses play a central role in all aspects of the childbearing experience, from the earliest days of pregnancy, through the moments of birth, and during the early days of parenthood. Most often, pregnancy and
childbirth are times of great joy, a celebration of life, and a promise of the future. But they may also be times of deepest sorrow as families deal with illness, complications, and loss. Often the quality of the
nursing care that a family receives profoundly influences their perceptions of the entire experience—for better or for worse. However, the changes occurring in the healthcare delivery system are altering the way we practice nursing and have staggering implications for nurses everywhere, even nurses caring for childbearing women and their families.
Now, more than ever, nurses must be flexible, creative, and open to change. They must be able to think critically and problem solve effectively. They must be able to meet the teaching needs of their patients so that their patients can, in turn, better meet their own healthcare needs.
They must be open to an increasingly multicultural population. They must understand and use the healthcare technology available in their chosen area of practice. Most crucially, they must never lose sight of
the importance of excellent nursing care to promote patient safety and in improving the quality of people’s lives.
IMPORTANT THEMES IN THIS EDITION
The underlying philosophy of Olds’ Maternal-Newborn Nursing & Women’s Health Across the Lifespan remains unchanged. We believe that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes and that family
members are partners in care. We believe that women’s health care is an important aspect of nursing. We remain committed to providing a text that is accurate and readable—a text that helps students develop the skills and abilities they need now and in the future in an everchanging healthcare environment.
Partnering with Families Through
Health Promotion Education
Developing a partnership with women and their families is a pivotal aspect of maternal-newborn nursing, and one key element of that partnership is patient and family health promotion teaching. It is a
crucial responsibility of the maternal-newborn nurse to find opportunities to educate patients and their families, and we continue to emphasize and highlight this in the tenth edition. Again, the focus is on the teaching that nurses do at all stages of pregnancy and the childbearing process, including the important postpartum teaching that is done before and immediately after families are discharged.
In this textbook, we also subscribe to the paradigm that women and childbearing families need health promotion and health maintenance interventions, no matter where they seek health care or what health conditions they may be experiencing. Nurses integrate health promotion and health maintenance into the care for women and childbearing families in a variety of birthing and community settings where they go to obtain health supervision care. This textbook integrates health promotion and health maintenance content throughout, most visibly in Unit 2, Women’s Health and Chapter 35, Home Care of the Postpartum Family. In addition, the heading Health Promotion Education emphasizes the health promotion education that women and childbearing families need.
Because we believe that nursing excellence must include partnering with women and their families for all outcomes, we have included Chapter 36, Grief and Loss in the Childbearing Family. It is designed to assist nurses to support families as they deal with the painful losses—maternal, fetal, and neonatal—that sometimes turn expected moments of great joy into times of deep sorrow. We know that it often takes time for nurses to find authentic ways to support grieving families. Our aim in having this chapter is to help you understand the dynamics of loss and to offer concrete guidance about effective nursing approaches.
We further the concept of partnering with childbearing families with a special feature called Through the Eyes of a Nurse. This feature helps you prepare for clinical experiences with its unfolding story of an expecting couple and their nurse. Through the Eyes of a Nurse vignettes show the interaction between the nurse and couple surrounding a typical topic of concern for expecting women and their partners. Viewing the partnership that develops will prepare you for success in clinical encounters and in practice.
Women’s Health Care
This edition continues to provide expanded coverage of women’s health care with updated information on contraception, commonly occurring infections, health maintenance recommendations, menopause, and a variety of gynecologic conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and pelvic relaxation. Special attention is given to violence against women, which is the focus of a separate chapter.
Other pressing societal issues are also covered in a separate chapter, as well as throughout the women’s health unit. Moreover, because of the text’s focus on community-based care, gynecologic cancers are
covered briefly in the text.