Integrated Fundamental Nursing is the second edition of the successful and established Fundamental Nursing. It is a comprehensive text for nursing students and has been written to meet the curriculum requirements for general nursing courses. It describes the nursing profession from its beginnings to today’s modern practices and forms the basis of nursing care to ensure that nursing practice adheres to the values, attitudes and beliefs of the profession. Integrated Fundamental Nursing is divided into five distinct sections that follow the stipulations in the Scope of Practice documents of the SA Nursing Council: Section A: Introduction to nursing Section B: Introduction to the healthcare system Section C: The scientific foundations of nursing Section D: Specific aspects of healthcare, including emergency care, hospitalisation, surgery and discharge, and reproductive health Section E: The nursing needs of patients The layout has been improved to promote easier understanding of the concepts and to incorporate recent innovations. For example, additional supportive illustrations and key information boxes have been provided to highlight pertinent facts. QR codes have also been included to provide access to relevant online information. Since 21st-century health professionals are expected to develop an integrated, comprehensive nursing care plan for the promotion of activities of daily living, self-care, treatment and rehabilitation of healthcare users, this updated edition provides all the knowledge and skills needed to master these. About the contributors Prof Leana Uys was the former University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the College of Health Sciences and went on to become the CEO of the Forum of University Nursing Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA). She dedicated her whole life to nursing education, research and scholarship. Contributors: Ms Varshika Bhana, Prof Busi Bhengu, Prof Petra Brysiewicz, Prof Sine Duma, Prof Annali Fichardt, Dr Vicki Koen, Dr Kgaogelo Mokoka, Prof Prashini Moodley, Prof Fhumulani Mulaudzi, Prof Magda Mulder, Prof Nokuthula Sibiya, Prof Abel Pienaar, Dr Idalia Venter, Prof Dirk van der Wal and Ms Sonja Walker. This eBook is in ePDF format, which enables you to: • View the entire book offline on desktop or tablet; • Search for and highlight text; and • Add and edit personal notes directly in your eBook.