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Clinical Skills for Nursing Adults
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Adult Nursing | Nursing

May 2019 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This pocket-sized book is a perfect companion for second and third year students, as it provides step-by-step instructions on how to carry out clinical skills such as medicine administration, giving transfusions, catheterisation and other advanced skills, and goes across both acute and community settings.

It has been updated for the 2018 NMC standards and includes the most up-to-date evidence base for the procedures.

Each section features:

1. Handy checklists detailing the essential equipment and things to consider before starting.

2. Helpful tips and advice on what to watch out for and the relevant action to take for each skill.

3. Care setting considerations exploring patient requirements depending on where care is being given.
4. Clear instructions guiding you step by step through each procedure.


Whether you are revising, practicing, or preparing for a clinical placement, this book will become a trusted companion and daily reference that will help to develop and improve your nursing skills.

Wendy Wright and Fiona Everett
Chapter 1: Introduction and General Considerations
Sophie Newcombe
Chapter 2: Basic Airway Management
Kamal Dhindsa
Chapter 3: Advanced Airway Management
Kamal Dhindsa
Chapter 4: Lung Sounds
Karen Elliott
Chapter 5: Oxygen Therapy
Karen Elliott
Chapter 6: Nebulisers
Winnie McGarry and Caroline MacCallum
Chapter 6: Venepuncture
Winnie McGarry and Caroline MacCallum
Chapter 7: Peripheral IV Cannulation
Meghan Bateson and Lizanne Hamilton-Smith
Chapter 8: Intravenous Fluids
Sally Richardson and Karen Elliott
Chapter 9: Blood Transfusion
Kamal Dhindsa
Chapter 10: Central Venous Access Devices
Meghan Bateson and Lizanne Hamilton-Smith
Chapter 11: ECG
Emily Marron and Sophie Newcombe
Chapter 12: Resuscitation
Winnie McGarry and Caroline MacCallum
Chapter 13: Neurological Examination
Winnie McGarry and Caroline MacCallum
Chapter 14: Medicines Administration
Winnie McGarry and Caroline MacCallum
Chapter 15: Bowel Sounds
Sue McGrouther and Julie Orr
Chapter 16: Gastric Aspiration
Mark Molesworth and Moira Dale
Chapter 17: Enteral Feeding
Francina Hyatt
Chapter 18: Removal of Sutures and Staples
Fiona Lundie and Debbie McCraw
Chapter 19: Urinary Catheterisation
Fiona Lundie and Debbie McGraw
Chapter 20: Urinalysis Interpretation
Lizanne Hamilton-Smith and Meghan Bateson
Chapter 21: Sepsis

This is a very handy source of information. The contents are well organized and topics are easy to find. The procedures are carefully chosen and are the most commonly used. The students reported that they find the book useful.

Mr Arcangel Benidicto Bathan
School of Nursing, BPP University
March 15, 2019

I was not impressed by the lay out and it has limited application for the classroom- it's a good pocket book for students but will not feature on reading lists.

Mrs Julie Rowe
Health and Social Care at Derby, Derby University
March 6, 2019

Excellent resource for students embarking on the degree

Mrs Beryl Cooledge
School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University
March 5, 2019

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Wendy Wright

Wendy Wright is an Adult Nursing lecturer in the pre-registration and the master's level nursing programmes and is currently the BSc Adult Nursing Programme Lead.  Wendy has a wide range of acute clinical experience including infectious diseases, stroke and elderly assessment and rehabilitation.  Wendy has responsibilities interests including clinical skills education for student nurses, dementia, the frail older Adult and the student experience. With a particular interest in the development of Class in A Bag (CIAB) which has developed from the initial research of Dementia through the eyes of a child.  She has published in... More About Author

Paul Newcombe

Paul Newcombe is Associate Professor in Adult Acute Care and BSc Nursing Course Leader at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. Paul's clinical background is in Emergency Nursing, Acute Medicine and Trauma, having worked in Oxford, London and Australia. Paul teaches across pre- and post-registration nursing courses and at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has a particular interest in developing high-fidelity simulation to help student nurses learn how to manage deteriorating patients. Paul has also staged an annual series of extra-curricular and cultural events with students, staff and local artists in... More About Author

Fiona Everett

Fiona Everett is currently a Nurse Lecturer within pre-registration and master’s level nursing programmes with teaching, co-ordination and research supervision responsibilities. Fiona has a wide range of clinical experience including adult nursing, midwifery, district nursing and research project management within primary care. She has particular interests in clinical skills, dementia care and developing contemporary, support mechanisms in nurse education. She has published in these areas in nursing journals and has disseminated her work at national and international conferences. She is also an editor and author for SAGE publications... More About Author