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Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses
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Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses
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Second Edition
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July 2018 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This little book is an ideal clinical skills reference for nursing students and junior health care practitioners. Its easy to navigate design and step-by-step approach allows for information to be accessed quickly to help students review skills while on placement and prepare for their OSCE exams.

- Essential equipment tick lists helps ensure students know what they need to perform clinical skills.

- All fields of nursing are covered with tips throughout to help students support every patient group.

- Introduces different approaches to performing clinical skills in community and acute settings to help students and new practitioners feel confident performing the skill in any situation.

Rose Gallagher
Chapter 1: Infection Prevention and Control
Hand-washing  
Using hand sanitizer  
When to remove your gloves and why  
Rose Gallagher
Chapter 2: Aseptic Technique and Specimen Collection
Principles of asepsis  
Common steps for the collection of all types of specimen  
Taking a wound swab  
Collecting a faeces specimen  
Collecting a urine specimen  
Collecting a sputum sample  
Taking a nasal swab  
Taking a throat swab  
Valerie Foley
Chapter 3: Clinical Measurement
Common steps for all clinical measurements  
Counting a respiratory rate  
Measuring SPO2  
Measuring a pulse rate  
Automated blood pressure measurement  
Manual blood pressure measurement  
Measuring capillary refill time  
Measuring body temperature  
Blood glucose monitoring  
Ann Kettyle
Chapter 4: Pain Management
Undertaking a pain assessment  
Irene Anderson and Catherine Delves-Yates
Chapter 5: Skin Integrity
Principles of caring for a patient with a wound  
Pressure related injuries - quick reference guide  
Dianne Steele
Chapter 6: Safer Handling of People
Efficient movement principles  
A safe way of working when moving a patient  
Chapter 7: First Aid Chris Mulryan and Catherine Delves-Yates
The recovery position  
ABCDE summary actions  
Management of choking  
AVPU assessment  
Carol Hall and Catherine Delves-Yates
Chapter 8: Medicines Administration
Administering medication (oral or topical route)  
Administering a subcutaneous injection  
Administering an intramuscular injection  
Chapter 9: Assisting Patients with their Nutritional Needs Kate Goodhand and Jane Ewen
Common steps for all nutrition-related skills  
Weighing a patient  
Assisting a patient to eat and drink  
Passing a nasogastric tube  
Confirmation of position of a nasogastric tube  
Maintaining a nasogastric tube  
Removing a nasogastric tube  
Caring for a PEG (pertcutaneous endoscopic gastronomy)  
Stoma care  
Peripheral vascular cannula care  
Chapter 10: Assisting Patients with their Elimination Needs Mairead Collie, David J. Hunter and Valerie Foley
Common steps for all elimination-related skills  
Assessing bowel function  
Assisting a patient to use a bedpan, urinal or commode  
Performing catheter care  
Emptying a patient's catheter bag  
Urinalysis  
Catherine Delves-Yates
Chapter 11: Assisting Patients with their Hygiene Needs
Common steps for all hygiene procedures  
Bathing a patient in bed  
Shaving  
Teeth-cleaning  
Assisting a patient with a wash (out of bed)  
Trimming nails  
Washing a patient's hair in bed  
Jean Shapcott
Chapter 12: Performing Last Offices
Performing last offices  

A good pocket guide that covers Adult and Paediatric Nursing. The steps are clear and easy to follow even for the most junior student nurses. It also includes trouble shooting for when procedures have issues, such as not being able to retrieve gastric contents from a nasogastric tube to check placement.

Jeanette Braganza
Department of Children's Nursing, London South Bank University
April 6, 2018

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