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About Open RN

XanEdu is pleased to partner with Open RN to help lower the cost of nursing course materials.

The mission of Open RN is to lower the cost of nursing textbooks through creation of 5 free OER textbooks for foundational nursing courses. Digital copies are always free to download and low cost print texts are available through campus bookstores and Amazon. FlexEd digital courseware is available for each released title and enhances the content through a comprehensive suite of integrated tools, resources, and supplemental content.

Open RN books are written with student comprehension at the forefront and are aligned to NCLEX testing requirements.

The first book, Nursing Pharmacology, is the winner of the OE Excellence Award.

Learn more about what distinguishes Open RN textbooks and the history of Open RN.

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Open RN Five Book Series

Open RN’s five book series includes the following titles:

  1. Nursing Pharmacology (Available now)
  2. Nursing Skills (Available now)
  3. Nursing Fundamentals (Available Fall 2021)
  4. Nursing: Mental Health & Community Concepts (Available 2022)
  5. Nursing: Management & Professional Concepts (Available 2022)


FlexEd complete courseware will launch with each title, keeping student costs low while providing supplemental content, teaching materials via an integrated online platform.

Nursing Pharmacology (Available Now) - see detail below on this page to learn more

Nursing Skills (Available Now) - see detail below on this page to learn more

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FlexEd Courseware for Open RN

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FlexEd is affordable courseware that builds on the high quality, free content from Open RN to keep costs low for students. As a complete course in a box, FlexEd provides everything from lecture slides to assessments, study aids and case studies - all integrated with any LMS.

Students benefit from many features including study aids, flashcards, integrated Daily Med and supplemental content to guide them toward NCLEX success.

The transition is easy - all teaching materials are included, and the XanEdu team is here to help with course set up, LMS integration and any customization needs.

Students benefit from FlexEd’s affordable pricing, introductory videos, and integrated tools such as Daily Med.

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Free Textbook Download

All Open RN textbooks are free to download!

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If you have questions about Open RN textbooks or FlexEd’s Open RN courseware, XanEdu is here to help! Our team is here to answer questions and guide you on how these OER materials can work for your specific teaching needs.

Ready to make the transition? Our team will assist with implementation, customization and will provide on-going customer support to instructors and students.

Contact us to learn more: Schedule a no pressure demonstration and let’s talk about how these tools will fit your unique teaching needs.

Click here to schedule a meeting with our team: https://www.xanedu.com/book-a-consultation

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Key items that distinguish Open RN textbooks from other commercial nursing textbooks

  1. Content is aligned with NCLEX Test Plans (for all nursing programs) and is leveled for entry-level nursing students.
  2. Textbooks are based on evidence-based practice with footnotes provided to sources within the chapters. Digital literacy is promoted by providing hyperlinks to reputable sources.
  3. Extensive national peer review process from 2 and 4 year nursing programs, the Nursing Pharmacology textbook had more than 30 reviewers
  4. Textbooks are written in plain language to promote student success.
  5. Active learning activities are incorporated in the e-book that range from flashcards to patient scenarios that encourage the development of clinical judgment and provide feedback.
  6. Critical thinking questions and learning activities are included as formative assessments with answer keys provided in the back of the book that do not require internet access.
  7. Aligned with WTCS (Wisconsin Technical COllege System) Nursing Curriculum and Colleges.
  8. Digital copies are completely free.
  9. OER content means the text can be customized to meet specific teaching requirements or course structures.
  10. Learning outcomes will be collected across WTCS nursing course sections beginning in Fall 2020 and will compare student success rates in courses using the OER textbook(s) to those not using OER.

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About Open RN

The Open RN project is funded by a $2.5 million dollar grant from the Department of Education to create 5 OER Nursing Textbooks with 25 associated virtual reality scenarios.

The project is led by Chippewa Valley Technical College, and the textbooks are being collaboratively written with faculty from Wisconsin technical colleges. The books will be reviewed by statewide nursing faculty, deans, healthcare alliance members, and other industry representatives to ensure the content is current and accurate.

Other states and colleges are encouraged to adopt and customize these books for their specific requirements, to save students money re-purposing the high-quality Open RN base materials.


Why Open RN?

Textbook costs have skyrocketed over the past decade, as much 88% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, causing decreased accessibility by students who elect to not purchase the textbook or use an older edition. It can also take several years for textbook editions to be updated with current, evidence based practice.

Open RN textbooks will be able to easily be updated as new evidence based practices occurs. The Open RN textbooks also contain active learning activities to assist students in learning challenging concepts and applying them to patient care in a manner in which they will be tested with the new NCLEX Next Generation test questions.

The estimated maximum impact of this project for nursing students in Wisconsin Technical College Nursing programs is $1.5 million dollars annually in textbook savings. Other nursing programs across the country will also be able to easily “remix” the textbook content to customize their own content, which will lead to even more cost savings nationally.

Open RN Textbook Details

Nursing Pharmacology (available now)

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ISBN: 978-1-73491-411-5

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Description:

'Nursing Pharmacology' introduces the principles of pharmacology, including drug classifications and their effects on the body. Emphasis is on the use of the components of the nursing process when administering medications.

Modules:

1. Apply basic pharmacology principles to medication management
2. Examine legal, ethical, social, and cultural issues related to medication administration
3. Apply components of the nursing process to the administration of antimicrobial drugs
4. Apply components of the nursing process to the administration of central nervous system drugs
5. Apply components of the nursing process to the administration of analgesic and musculoskeletal system drugs
6. Apply components of the nursing process to the administration of autonomic nervous system drugs
7. Apply components of the nursing process to the administration of respiratory system drugs
8. Apply components of the nursing process to the administration of cardiovascular and renal systems drugs
9. Apply components of the nursing process to the administration of gastrointestinal system drugs
10. Apply components of the nursing process to the administration of endocrine system drugs

Nursing Skills (available now)

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ISBN: 978-1-73491-413-9

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Description:

'Nursing Skills' focuses on the development of evidence-based clinical skills and physical assessment across the lifespan. Content includes mathematical calculations and conversions related to clinical skills. In addition the course includes techniques related to obtaining a health history and basic physical assessment skills using a body systems approach.

Modules:

1. Use aseptic technique
2. Perform mathematical calculations related to clinical practice
3. Measure blood pressure and other vital signs
4. Obtain a health history
5. Perform a general survey assessment
6. Perform a head/neck assessment
7. Perform a basic eye/ear assessment
8. Perform a basic neurological assessment
9. Perform a musculoskeletal assessment
10. Perform an integumentary assessment
11. Provide wound care
12. Perform a basic cardiovascular assessment
13. Perform a basic respiratory assessment
14. Manage oxygen therapy
15. Perform tracheostomy care and suctioning procedures (oral, nasal, pharyngeal, and tracheostomy)
16. Perform an abdominal assessment
17. Demonstrate specimen collection procedures
18. Administer medications via the enteral route (oral)
19. Administer medications via topical, transdermal, eye, ear, inhalation, rectal and vaginal routes
20. Maintain enteral tubes (feeding, irrigation, suction, medication administration)
21. Administer medications via the parenteral routes (Intradermal/Subcutaneous/Intramuscular)
22. Manage intravenous therapy
23. Facilitate alternative methods of elimination (urinary and bowel)

Nursing Fundamentals (available Fall 2021)

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ISBN: 978-1-73491-415-3

Date available: Fall 2021

Description:

'Nursing Fundamentals' focuses on basic nursing concepts to provide evidence-based care to diverse patient populations across the lifespan. Current and historical issues impacting nursing will be explored within the scope of nursing practice. The nursing process will be introduced as a framework for organizing the care of patients


Modules:

1. Differentiate scopes of practice within the nursing profession
2. Maintain a safe, effective care environment for adults of all ages
3. Use appropriate communication techniques
4. Use the nursing process
5. Adapt nursing practice to meet the needs of diverse patients in a variety of settings
6. Provide nursing care for patients with sleep/rest/mobility alterations
7. Provide nursing care for patients with comfort alterations
8. Provide nursing care for patients with nutritional, fluid, and electrolytes disturbances
9. Provide nursing care for patients with commonly occurring alterations in elimination patterns
10. Provide nursing care for patients with integumentary disorders
11. Provide nursing care for patients with infection
12. Provide nursing care for patients with cognitive and sensory impairments
13. Provide nursing care for patients and families experiencing grief and loss
14. Provide nursing care for patients with alterations in oxygenation

Nursing: Mental Health and Community Concepts (available 2022)

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ISBN: 978-1-73491-417-7

Available: 2022

Description:

'Nursing: Mental Health and Community Concepts' covers topics related to the delivery of community and mental health care. Specific health needs of individuals, families, and groups will be addressed across the lifespan. Attention will be given to diverse and at-risk populations. Mental health concepts will concentrate on adaptive/ maladaptive behaviors and specific mental health disorders. Community resources will be examined in relation to specific types of support offered to racial, ethnic, economically diverse individuals and groups.

Modules:

1. Assess a community including the relationships among individuals, groups, and health
2. Manage nursing care for the health needs for the community (including vulnerable populations such as disabled, homeless, mentally ill, elderly, teens, chronically ill, culturally diverse)
3. Analyze the role of the nurse in providing safe care related to environmental hazards and emergency preparedness
4. Analyze concepts of mental health nursing
5. Manage care for patients experiencing anxiety disorders
6. Manage care for patients experiencing mood disorders
7. Manage care for patients experiencing personality disorders
8. Manage care for patients experiencing thought disorders
9. Manage care for patients with mental health disorders of childhood and adolescence
10. Manage care for patients experiencing substance abuse
11. Manage care for patients and families experiencing domestic violence
12. Manage care for patients experiencing eating disorders

Nursing: Management and Professional Concepts (available 2022)

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ISBN: 978-1-73491-419-1

Available: 2022

Description:

'Nursing: Management and Professional Concepts' covers nursing management and professional issues related to the role of the registered nurse. Emphasis is placed on preparing for practice as a registered nurse.

Modules:

1. Apply principles of prioritization when evaluating nursing care in complex situations
2. Apply principles of delegation and supervision when evaluating nursing care
3. Collaborate with multidisciplinary team members to plan care
4. Examine the impact of economics on health care
5. Compare mechanisms of achieving quality patient care through evidence based practice
6. Analyze ethical dilemmas in health care
7. Analyze legal implications of nursing practice in healthcare
8. Prepare for the RN role
9. Advocate for the nursing profession through political action and involvement in professional organizations
10. Manage a nursing team

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FlexEd + Open RN: Complete Courseware, Affordable Price

See the course features for FlexEd: Nursing Pharmacology

(coming soon!) See the course features for FlexEd: Nursing Skills (coming mid-July 2021)

FlexEd is affordable courseware that builds on the high quality, free content from Open RN to keep costs low for students. As a complete course-in-a-box, FlexEd provides everything from lecture slides to assessments, study aids, and case studies, all integrated with any LMS.

FlexEd’s comprehensive suite of content and tools makes it easy for instructors to transition because all teaching materials are included, but the flexible platform also offers customization options.

Students benefit from an ‘all in one’ content source - high quality OER textbook foundation, carefully curated supplemental materials including videos, flashcards, self assessments and integrated tools like Daily Med. No additional subscriptions or costs required.

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DOWNLOAD FREE DIGITAL E-BOOK NOW

Nursing Pharmacology Available Now!

ISBN: 978-1-73491-411-5

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Suggested Retail: $43.93/copy

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Nursing Skills Available Now!

ISBN: 978-1-73491-413-9

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If you have questions about Open RN textbooks or FlexEd’s Open RN courseware, XanEdu is here to help! Our team is here to answer questions and guide you on how these OER materials can work for your specific teaching needs.

Ready to make the transition? Our team will assist with implementation, customization and will provide on-going customer support to instructors and students.

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