Clinical Skills for Student Nurses

Theory, Practice and Reflection

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Format: Ebook

Publication date: March 20, 2008

Pages: 560 pages

ISBN: 9781906052348 Related titles:

Description

Clinical Skills for Student Nurses is a comprehensive learning resource for student nurses in the UK. This textbook is based on the NMC Essential Skills Clusters and covers all the key clinical skills required for effective and efficient practice in UK healthcare. The book maps the development of the student nurse in relation to clinical skill acquisition, focusing not only on the dexterity aspects, but also on the underpinning theory and the attitudinal aspects of skill delivery.

Using a scenario-based approach, this book relates skills to ‘real’ people and situations. In addition to providing instruction on how to perform clinical skills, it will also ask the students to reflect and consider how these skills and related principles may be transferred to other situations and contexts. Above all, the authors are offering students a friendly, interactive and visual approach to skills acquisition.

Written by an experienced team of clinical skills educators at the University of Central Lancashire, Clinical Skills provides students and lecturers with:
• up-to-date theory and evidence-based practice,
• scenarios and case studies,
• activities to encourage reflection,
• exercises for self-assessment and skills practice,
• a glossary, references and further reading.

Introduction

PART 1 COMMUNICATION
1 Interpersonal skills
2 Assessment of patients
3 Transferring and discharging patients
4 Pain management
5 Venepuncture and cannulation

PART 2 PERSONAL CARE
6 Personal hygiene
7 Catheterisation (male and female)
8 Bowel care, suppositories and enemata
9 Skin integrity assessment and pressure area care

PART 3 CARE AND COMPASSION

10 Nutritional support, hydration and fluid balance
11 Moving and handling
12 Breaking bad news
13 Last offices

PART 4 MEDICINE MANAGEMENT

14 The legal, ethical and professional aspects of medicines management
15 The administration of medicines
16 Medication errors, drug storage and controlled drugs

PART 5 CARE MANAGEMENT

17 Observations
18 Early Warning Scores – the early detection of deterioration
19 Airway management and life support
20 Pre- and post-operative care
21 Specimen collection and infection control

Appendix: Essential Skills Clusters (ESCs) for Pre-registration Nursing Programmes

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