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Professional Skills in Nursing

Professional Skills in Nursing
A Guide for the Common Foundation Programme

November 2009 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

What do I need to learn in order to progress through my course? How do I achieve the best possible patient-care?

Professional Skills for Nurses answers both of these questions and supports the development of key nursing skills underpinned by theory. Designed specifically to meet the needs of nursing students in the initial stages of training, the book focuses on the essential knowledge and skills needed for effective patient-care while at the same time helping students to achieve the NMC outcomes required for entry into branch programs.

Each chapter focuses on a key aspect of nursing care backed up with practical tips, examples drawn from all branches of nursing, and a range of study activities to help you reflect on your learning and get the most from practice placements.

Key themes in healthcare such as ethics, evidence-based practice and health promotion are discussed throughout the book, highlighting how these relate to everyday nursing practice.

Focusing on the core skills covered in the initial stages of training, Professional Skills in Nursing is the ideal introduction for students during the Common Foundation Program.

Study Skills
Health and Safety
Communication Skills
Handwashing and Aseptic Technique
Vital Signs and Neurological Observations Monitoring
Hygiene Needs
Feeding and Nutritional Needs
Nutritional Assessment
Principles of Nutritional Support
Administration of Medicines
Wound Care

A good addition to the textbooks already available. Readable and structured - ideal for first years but will be a uiseful resource for all nurses.

Mrs Ruth Broadhead
Nursing, Central Lancashire University
November 9, 2010

The book is very user friendly and easy reading. There are activities which enables the reader to assess their understanding.

Mrs Lynn Cross
H E Care, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
August 12, 2010

A handy reference text.

Ms Rosie Kneafsey
School of Health and Population Science, Birmingham University
March 19, 2010

Thought this might also be suitable for our physiotherapy students as some professional skills are common to both. However there was just not enough information that was appropriate.

Mrs Claire Hamshire
Education , Manchester Metropolitan University
February 10, 2010

This book is easy to follow i espescially like the inclusion of learning outcomes and learning activities included in each chapter

Mrs Sarah Hamilton
School of Health Studies, Bradford University
December 15, 2009

A must-read for every student on the pre-registration course! Highly recommended!

Miss Joanne Skellern
Nursing , Chester University
December 5, 2009

This book offers students a good knowledge of essential clinical skills in nursing. A very clearly set out book.

Mrs Joanne Currid
school of nursing, Manchester University
December 2, 2009

A useful addition to the literature for foundation year studies.

Mr Paul McCreary
Nursing , Thames Valley University
November 20, 2009

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