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The fifth edition of the Core Curriculum for Medical-Surgical Nursing presents a comprehensive body of knowledge to support the mission of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) to promote excellence in medical-surgical nursing practice. Designed for new and experienced nurses caring for patients with one or more disease processes in a broad spectrum of settings, this edition of the Core Curriculum has been expanded in response to feedback from readers. New features in the fifth edition include: Increased emphasis on surgical procedures and the associated nursing care and/or nursing interventions for many of the pathologies described. Addition of case studies to most of the chapters to guide practical application of the content and stimulate critical thinking. Expansion of the reference section for most chapters to include Internet resources. Citation of book and each chapter in American Psychological Association style for nurses using this book as a reference for scholarly papers and articles. The fifth edition of the Core Curriculum for Medical-Surgical Nursing maintains the longstanding tradition of providing the practitioner with: A foundation for practice in the area of medical-surgical nursing. A user-friendly reference for review of particular areas of practice within medical-surgical nursing. A guideline to prepare for the medical-surgical certification examinations, particularly the exam offered by the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) leading to the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) credential. A template for organization of review courses that focus on medical-surgical nursing.