5th Edition

Developing Practical Nursing Skills Foundations for Nursing and Healthcare Students

Edited By Nicola Neale, Joanne Sale Copyright 2021
    870 Pages 99 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    870 Pages 99 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Developing Practical Nursing Skills helps you learn and perfect the practical skills required to become a qualified nurse. Adopting a patient-focused and caring approach, this essential text helps you integrate nursing values alongside physical skills in your daily practice.

    Now in its fifth edition, the text takes into account the NMC standards of proficiency and is relevant to nurses across all fields. Key features of the book include: i) New chapters on mental health assessment and end-of-life care, along with expanded content on sleep, pain and medication management. ii) Full-colour text design with clear illustrations and clinical photographs to aid visual learning. iii) Reader-friendly style with learning outcomes, activities and reflection points to help you link theory to practice. iv) Scenarios from a range of settings, including community, mental health and learning disabilities nursing. v) A focus on adults and young people, and with 'pointers' on caring for children and pregnant women to promote a lifespan approach.

    This is a complete clinical skills resource for all pre-registration nursing students. It is also a useful text for nursing associate and healthcare support workers.

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    Chapter 1- Practical nursing skills: a caring approach

    Lesley Baillie

    Chapter 2- Communication: a person-centred approach

    Nicola Neale and Joanne Sale

    Chapter 3- Fundamentals of mental health assessment for non-mental health practitioners

    Joanne Sale and Skye Capolucci

    Chapter 4- Measuring and monitoring vital signs

    Sue Maddex

    Chapter 5- Meeting personal needs: hydration and nutrition

    Sue Maddex

    Chapter 6- Meeting personal needs: elimination

    Rachel Busuttil Leaver

    Chapter 7- Meeting personal needs: hygiene

    Moira Walker

    Chapter 8- Promoting comfort and sleep

    Scott Elbourne

    Chapter 9- Assessing and managing pain

    Lindsey Pollard and Harriet Barker

    Chapter 10- Medicines management

    Kirsty Andrews and Martina O'Brien

    Chapter 11- Caring for people with impaired mobility

    Rowena Slope and Katherine Hopkinson

    Chapter 12- Infection prevention and control

    Jennifer Wyeth (with acknowledgments to Patricia Folan and Lesley Baillie)

    Chapter 13- Principles of wound care

    Aby Mitchell

    Chapter 14- Assessing and responding to sudden deterioration in the adult

    Sue Maddex

    Chapter 15- Managing care at the end of life

    Scott Elbourne and Gavin Walker

    Appendix- Standards of Proficiency for Nursing Associates


    Nicola Neale is currently an Associate Lecturer with Bucks New University, was trained at St Thomas’ Hospital and has since worked extensively in the NHS in medicine and in higher education as a Senior Lecturer. She has an MA in Education and a PG Diploma in Cancer Care. Her main areas of interest are cancer care, long-term conditions and psychological care within an adult setting. In 2011, Nicola set up a Macmillan Cancer Information Centre for an NHS Foundation Trust and managed this for seven years and was awarded The Henry Garnett Award as a Macmillan Professional for outreach activities to local communities.

    Joanne Sale is a registered nurse primarily of working-age adults with mental health needs, both in-patient and community settings. Jo also has an interest in psychology, holding a BSc and an MSc in this subject and enjoys applying this knowledge to the nursing arena. She is particularly interested in service user recovery and co-production in education. Along with colleagues in her local trust and the partner university, she was instrumental in the setting up of the Recovery College, which now forms a major pathway in an individual’s recovery from mental ill health. Jo has recently retired but continues to offer her support and input to the University of Bedfordshire.

    Both Nicola and Joanne have co-authored all previous editions of the communication chapter in this book. However, following the retirement of Lesley Baillie, Nicola and Joanne were very happy to be asked to co-edit this fifth edition.