4th Edition

Developing Practical Nursing Skills

ISBN 9781444175950
Published January 28, 2014 by Routledge
642 Pages 153 Color Illustrations

USD $54.95

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Book Description

Developing Practical Nursing Skills, Fourth Edition helps you learn and perfect the practical skills required to become a qualified nurse. Patient-focussed and adopting a caring approach, this essential text will also help you to integrate nursing values alongside physical skills in your daily practice.

Key features include:

  • Full colour text design with clear illustrations and clinical photographs to aid visual learning
  • Evidence-based and clearly mapped to key guidelines to ensure best practice
  • Reader-friendly style with learning outcomes, activities and reflection points to help you link theory to practice
  • Scenarios from a range of settings, including community, mental health and learning disabilities nursing
  • A focus on adults and young people, and with "pointers" on caring for children to promote a lifespan approach
  • Free companion website providing image library, videos of key skills, and MCQs as well as additional resources for lecturers to download

This is a complete clinical skills resource for all pre-registration nursing students.

Table of Contents

Practical nursing skills: A caring approach
Lesley Baillie

The nature of practical nursing skills
The context for practical nursing skills
Practical skills and their application across the life span and in different healthcare settings
A caring and compassionate approach to practical nursing skills
Cultural competence and practical nursing skills
Dignity and practical nursing skills
Learning practical nursing skills
Recommended reading
Chapter summary
Useful websites

The nurse’s approach and communication: Foundations for compassionate care

Joanne Sale and Nicola M. Neale
Practice scenarios
Understanding what influences the nurse’s approach to care
The communication process
Developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships
Communication in challenging situations
Chapter summary
Answer to abbreviations (activity section 2)

Infection prevention and control
Patricia Folan and Lesley Baillie

Practice scenarios
Principles for preventing HCAI: An introduction
Hand hygiene
Use of personal protective equipment, including gloves, aprons and gowns
Healthcare waste disposal and linen management
Sharps disposal
Healthcare environmental hygiene and multiuse equipment
Aseptic technique
Specimen collection: Key principles
MRSA screening and suppression procedures
Isolation procedures (source and protective)
Chapter summary

Measuring and monitoring vital signs
Sue Maddex

Practice scenarios
Equipment required for this chapter
Key principles in vital signs measurement
Measuring and recording temperature
Measuring and recording the pulse
Measuring and recording respirations
Measuring and recording blood pressure
Measuring oxygen saturation by pulse oximetry
Neurological assessment
Chapter summary

Administering medicines
Kirsty Andrews and Martina O’Brien

Practice scenarios
Legal and professional issues in medicine administration
Safety, storage and general principles of medicine administration
Administering oral medication
Applying topical medication
Administering medication by injection routes
Administering inhaled and nebulised medication
Intravenous fluid and blood administration
Calculating medicine and intravenous fluid administration doses
Preventing and managing anaphylaxis
Chapter summary
Answers to exercises

Caring for people with impaired mobility
Glynis Pellatt

Practice scenarios
Pressure ulcer risk assessment
Pressure ulcer prevention
Prevention of other complications of immobility
Key principles of moving and handling people
Assisting with mobilisation and preventing falls
Chapter summary

Principles of wound care
Janine Ashton

Practice scenarios
The phases of wound healing
Classification of wounds and wound closure
Factors affecting wound healing
Wound assessment
Wound management
Chapter summary
Useful websites

Meeting personal hygiene needs
Moira Walker

Practice scenarios
Rationale for meeting hygiene needs and potential hazards
Bathing a person in bed
Bathing and showering in the bathroom
Facial shaving
Oral hygiene
Care of the body after death
Chapter summary

Meeting elimination needs
Lesley Baillie and Rachel Busuttil Leaver

Practice scenarios
Assisting with elimination: Helping people to use the toilet, bedpans, urinals and commodes
Collecting urine and stool specimens
Caring for people with urinary catheters
Preventing and managing constipation
Stoma care
Promoting continence and managing incontinence
Chapter summary

Assessing and meeting fluid and nutritional needs
Sue Maddex

Practice scenarios
Nutrition in healthcare: Concerns and initiatives
Recognising the contribution of nutrition to health
Assessing and maintaining hydration
Promoting healthy eating and addressing people’s choices
Nutritional screening
Assisting people with eating and drinking
Additional nutritional support strategies
Enteral and parenteral feeding
Chapter summary

Assessing physical health and responding to sudden deterioration
Sue Maddex and Tracey Valler-Jones

Practice scenarios
Equipment required for this chapter
Recognising and responding to people who are deteriorating: An overview
Airway management problems and related skills
Breathing problems and related skills
Circulatory problems and related skills
Unconsciousness and related skills
Chapter summary
Useful websites

Managing pain and promoting comfort and sleep
Dee Burrows, Lesley Baillie and Stephanie Forge

Practice scenarios
Managing pain in a variety of settings
Promoting comfort
Promoting sleep
Chapter summary

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Lesley Baillie PhD, MSc, BA(Hons), RGN, RNT - Reader in Health Care, University of Bedfordshire