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Developing Practical Nursing Skills

4th Edition

By Lesley Baillie

Edited by Lesley Baillie, Lesley Baillie


642 pages | 153 Color Illus.

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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




About the Author/Editors

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Nursing / General