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Clinical Reasoning, 2nd Edition

By Tracy Levett-Jones
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An Australian text designed to address the key area of clinical reasoning in nursing practice.

Using a series of authentic scenarios, Clinical Reasoning guides students through the clinical reasoning process while challenging them to think critically about the nursing care they provide.

With scenarios adapted from real clinical situations that occurred in healthcare and community settings, this edition continues to address the core principles for the provision of quality care and the prevention of adverse patient outcomes.

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Table of contents
  • Chapter 1 Clinical reasoning: What it is and why it matters
    Tracy Levett-Jones
  • Chapter 2 Caring for a person experiencing an adverse drug event
    Tracy Levett-Jones and David Newby
  • Chapter 3 Caring for a person with fluid and electrolyte imbalance
    Tracy Levett-Jones and Peter Sinclair
  • Chapter 4 Caring for a person experiencing pain
    Tracy Levett-Jones and Caroline Phelan
  • Chapter 5 Caring for a child with type 1 diabetes
    Loretto Quinney, Kerry Reid-Searl, Veronica Mills and Bree Walker
  • Chapter 6 Caring for a person experiencing respiratory distress and hypoxia
    Kerry Hoffman, Amanda Wilson and Vanessa Mcdonald
  • Chapter 7 Caring for a person with a cardiac condition
    Kerry Hoffman, Amanda Wilson and Lindsay Savage
  • Chapter 8 Caring for a person with an acquired brain injury
    Kerry Hoffman, Nathan Haining and Amanda Wilson
  • Chapter 9 Caring for a person receiving blood component therapies
    Elizabeth Newman and Kerry Hoffman
  • Chapter 10 Caring for a person with sepsis
    Natalie Govind and Marcia Ingles
  • Chapter 11 Caring for a ‘challenging’ patient with a dual diagnosis
    Teresa Stone and Rachel Rossiter
  • Chapter 12 Caring for a person with a complex and chronic health condition
    Rachel Rossiter and Teresa Stone
  • Chapter 13 Caring for a person experiencing an acute psychotic episode
    Anna Treloar and Peter Ross
  • Chapter 14 Caring for an older person with altered cognition
    Sharyn Hunter, Frances Dumont and Jacqui Culver
  • Chapter 15 Caring for a person with a disability
    Stephen Guinea, Jessica Mckirkle and Christine Imms
  • Chapter 16 Caring for a person requiring palliative care
    Pamela Van Der Riet and Victoria Pitt
  • Chapter 17 Caring for a person who is refusing treatment
    Lorinda Palmer

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New to this edition

Three new chapters have been added to this edition:

  • Chapter 10 Caring for a person with sepsis
  • Chapter 13 Caring for a person experiencing an acute psychotic episode
  • Chapter 15 Caring for a person with a disability

These new chapters each promote deep learning and provide opportunities for students to rehearse how they will respond to emergent clinical situations in ways that are both person-centred and clinically astute.

Features & benefits
  • Clinical Reasoning Model reinforces the stages of the clinical reasoning cycle and the cyclical nature of clinical reasoning
  • Learning outcomes outline what will be achieved on successful completion of each chapter
  • Key concepts build transferable skills and a deeper understanding of the key concepts
  • Advanced organisers are provided to enhance understanding and recall of the clinical reasoning cycle.
  • Questions provide opportunities to test your knowledge, make mistakes, and learn from the process.
  • ‘Something to think about’ boxes highlight important points within each chapter
  • Guided reflection questions at the end of each scenario encourage critical and creative thinking about what has been learnt and how it will inform future practice
Author biography
Tracy Levett-Jones, PHD, RN, MED & WORK, BN, DIPAPPSC (NURSING), is the Professor of Nursing Education at the University of Technology Sydney. She has been the recipient of multiple teaching and research awards, and has led a number of funded research projects designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning for healthcare students, and ultimately improve patient outcomes. Tracy has also authored numerous books, book chapters, journal articles and blogs. Her research interests include clinical reasoning, interprofessional communication, patient safety, cultural competence, belongingness, empathy and simulation. Tracy’s doctoral research explored the clinical placement experiences of students in Australia and the United Kingdom.


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