This user-friendly textbook provides complete coverage of the essential nursing principles, concepts, and skills that are the foundation of a solid nursing education. The 6th edition features enhanced readability, an engaging format, and a new Companion CD. It consistently follows the 5-step nursing process framework with a strong focus on critical thinking that provides readers with a solid base for clinicals. As readers follow case studies through each clinical chapter, concrete examples illustrate how to address cultural diversity, teaching, assessment, evidence-based practice, and much more.