Textbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Testing - Nursing at F.A. Davis

Author Guest Blog: A Student’s Introduction to Textbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Testing

Why did you decide to become a nurse? Chances are, many factors contributed to your decision, just as we’re sure that you face a large, complex and daunting array of topics in the evolving healthcare environment. So we are excited to tell you about the upcoming publication of our textbook which we hope will help you navigate in your chosen profession.

Instructors are tasked with teaching students to “think like a nurse” and students are challenged to learn what it means to “think like a nurse.” Clinical reasoning is the essence of what a nurse does. It is the dynamic integration of science and art; applying scientific evidenced-based concepts to a specific situation with each patient, family member, or other significant person to achieve a positive, expected outcome. How do you learn to do that well?

In considering feedback from experienced and novice nurses regarding “information overload,” we decided to take a very different approach in the design of our textbook. This book is not a comprehensive reference to the interpretation of laboratory and diagnostic findings. We have already accomplished that in Davis’s Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Testing with Nursing Implications. This new book focuses on teaching you ways to identify key aspects of ancillary testing and to incorporate them into your nursing practice.

The book is divided into two sections. The Section I chapters provide a good mix of technical study-specific information, nursing implications, and learning outcomes which will make you aware of elements necessary to provide safe, effective nursing care (SENC). By providing examples of each of the 22 different types of ancillary testing, our goal is to help you recognize the data types you are required to learn about and to see how they can be managed by consistent incorporation into the familiar framework of nursing process. Our strong belief is that the Art of Nursing lies in blending knowledge with the ability to effectively apply that knowledge in a compassionate manner. For this reason, the learning outcomes in each chapter use the core competencies of Thinking, Doing, and Caring to frame real examples of how the nurse provides SENC. Each chapter ends with a provocative “WOW factor,” Words of Wisdom based on years of personal experience as a nurse.

The Section II chapters present case studies, by body system, for you to test your own ability to develop a successful frame of reference for day-to-day practice. The case studies employ the use of a Clinical Reasoning Tool, a method of visualizing the nursing process, developed over many years of bedside nursing practice and working with nursing students. The Clinical Reasoning Tool gives you a framework for providing SENC.

Instructors will want to investigate the available NCLEX style test bank based on each Part I chapter, additional on-line case studies for each body system, and Power Point presentations for the thirty five chapters.

Head over to fadavis.com to learn more about this book, and follow along here on the blog for more book intros and advice from our esteemed authors!


Anne Van Leeuwen, MA, BS, MT (ASCP), Medical Laboratory Scientist & Independent Author, Greater Seattle Area, Washington
Mickey Bladh, RN, MSN, Coordinator, Nursing Education, Presbyterian Intercommunity Health (PIH) Hospital, Whittier, California

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