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The Nurse's Clinical Skills Pocketbook

Third Edition
Edited by:


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

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