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The Nurse's Clinical Skills Pocketbook

Third Edition
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Learning & Study Skills | Nursing

March 2022 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This pocket-sized book is an ideal reference for nursing students. It puts the facts at your fingertips, giving you immediate access to 50 different clinical procedures.

  • Handy checklists covering the things to consider before starting the procedure
  • Clear instructions guide you step-by-step through the skill
  • All fields of practice included to ensure your care is person-centred

Whether revising for an OSCE, preparing for a new clinical placement or looking for a clear description of how to perform a certain task, this book will become a trusted companion and daily reference as your practice experience steadily grows.

 
Common Abbreviations - Wendy Wright and Fiona Everett
 
Useful Prefixes and Suffixes - Wendy Wright and Fiona Everett
 
Infection and Prevention Control - Rose Gallagher
Hand-washing

 
Using hand sanitiser

 
When to remove your gloves and why

 
 
Clinical Measurement - Caroline Dobson and Trevor Simpson
Fundamental steps for all clinical measurements

 
Respirations

 
Pulse/heart rate

 
Manual blood pressure

 
Measuring body temperature

 
 
Pain Assessment - Ann Kettyle
Undertaking a pain assessment

 
 
Aseptic Technique and Specimen Collection - Rose Gallagher
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 throat swab

 
 
Skin Integrity - Alexandra Carlin
Principles of wound care

 
Removal of clips/sutures

 
 
Safe Movement of People - Michelle O’Reilly and David Best
Movement guidelines

 
Emergency Care - Sara Morgan

 
Head tilt chin lift

 
Jaw thrust

 
Using an oropharyngeal airway

 
Recovery position

 
Paediatric life support

 
Dislodging an obstruction to the airway

 
 
Medicines Administration - Carol Hall, updated by Christina Roulston
Administering medication (oral or topical route)

 
Administering a subcutaneous injection

 
Administering an intramuscular injection

 
Recording administration and outcome

 
 
Assisting People with their Nutritional Need - Kate Goodhand and Jane Ewen
Nutrition-related skills

 
Weighing a patient

 
Assisting a patient to eat and drink

 
Passing a nasogastric tube

 
Maintaining a nasogastric tube

 
Removing a nasogastric tube

 
Caring for a PEG (pertcutaneous endoscopic gastronomy)

 
Stoma care

 
Peripheral vascular cannula care

 
 
Assisting People 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

 
 
Assisting Patients with their Hygiene Needs - Catherine Delves-Yates
Common steps for all hygiene procedures

 
Bathing a person in bed

 
Assisting a patient with a wash (out of bed)

 
Shaving

 
Teeth-cleaning

 
Trimming nails

 
Washing a patient’s hair in bed

 
 
Care after Death - Maria Parry
Care after death

 
 
Appendix 1: Commonly Used Medication and Side Effects - Wendy Wright and Fiona Everett
 
Appendix 2: Normal Laboratory Values - Wendy Wright and Fiona Everett
 
Appendix 3: Hand-washing technique
 
References

Catherine Delves-Yates

Catherine Delves-Yates is an experienced nurse and a Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK.  She started her nursing career as a student at the Nightingale School of Nursing, London and has worked clinically in adult and paediatric critical care in the UK and has taught and nursed in America, Africa and Nepal.  Her passion is to ensure all nurses have the knowledge, skills and professionalism to deliver effective compassionate care to each of their patients.  Catherine is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Buea and the Higher Institute of Applied Medical Sciences, Cameroon and an... 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

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

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