Fundamentals of Nursing: Clinical Skills Workbook


  • Geraldine Rebeiro, B.App Sci (Adv Nsng), B.Ed Studs, M.Ed, RN, Midwife, MRCNA, Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing & Midwifery, LaTrobe University
  • Leanne Jack, Bachelor of Nursing, Grad Certificate (ICU Nursing), Grad Diploma (ICU Nursing), Masters of Nursing (ICU Nursing), MRCNA , Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology
  • Natashia Scully, BA(Monash) BN(ACU National) PGDipNSc(LaTrobe) MPH Candidate(Sydney) RN MRCNA, Lecturer in Nursing, School of Health, University of New England, NSW, Australia
  • Damian Wilson, RN, BN, Graduate Certificate (Emergency Care), MN (Emergency Care), MRCNA, Lecturer, La Trobe University, Vic, Australia Registered Nurse, Emergency Department, Austin Health, Vic, Australia

Fundamentals of Nursing: clinical skills workbook, 2nd edition will assist Australian and New Zealand students to master the clinical nursing skills they require to deliver the highest quality of care to their patients.

Nursing students and lecturers familiar with the Nursing Skills format in Potter and Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing will benefit from this separate, lightweight workbook which enables students to easily transport the skills content to lectures, labs and clinical practice. Additionally, the clinical skills workbook provides students with a clear and accessible personal record of achievement and allows an opportunity for reflection to encourage meaningful learning.

The simple structure of the workbook allows students to work through and master the skills necessary to become a competent, qualified nurse.

A concise Overview precedes each skill set followed by the trusted Step-by-step approach and Rationales to help students understand how and why a skill is performed. . Each skill is then assessed using the competency check lists which are aligned to the National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse for Australia and New Zealand and support the theory and practice of each skill.

The Bondy rating scale is utilised in the check lists to provide clearly defined levels of competency and an opportunity for reflection is included  to encourage meaningful learning.

An impressive suite of Australian nursing clinical skills videos is also available via Elsevier’s Evolve platform to be used in conjunction with the workbook. Ideal for viewing in class or during independent study, these supporting videos provide students with a valuable tool for revision prior to assessment. 
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Book information

  • Published: February 2013
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-7295-4116-9

Table of Contents

Fundamentals Clinical Skills Workbook 2nd edition





Skill 15-1 Applying restraints


Skill 15-2 Seizure precautions


Health Assessment and Physical Examination



Skill 27-1 Abdominal health assessment NEW


Skill 27-2 Musculoskeletal health assessment NEW


Skill 27-3 Cardiovascular health assessment NEW


Skill 27-4 Respiratory health assessment NEW


Skill 27-5 Neurological health assessment NEW


Skill 27-6 Mental Health NEW


Skill 27-7 Body systems assessment NEW


Vital signs




Skill 28-1 Measuring body temperature


Skill 28-2 Assessing the radial and apical pulses


Skill 28-3 Assessing respirations


Skill 28-4 Measuring oxygen saturation (pulse oximetry)


Skill 28-5 Measuring blood pressure


Infection Control




Skill 29-1 Handwashing


Skill 29-2 Preparing a sterile field


Skill 29-3 Surgical handwashing (‘scrubbing’): preparing for gowning and gloving


Skill 29-4 Donning a sterile gown and performing closed gloving


Skill 29-5 Open gloving


Skin Integrity and Wound Care




Skill 30-1 Performing a bacterial wound swab NEW


Skill 30-2 Performing a wound dressing (title change)


Skill 30-3 Assessment, management and prevention of skin tears NEW


Skill 30-4 Assessment for risk of pressure injury (title change)


Medication Administration




Skill 31-1 Administering oral medications


Skill 31-2 Administering nasal instillations


Skill 31-3 Ophthalmic medication administration


Skill 31-4 Vaginal medication administration


Skill 31-5 Rectal medication administration


Skill 31-6 Meter dose inhaled medication administration


Skill 31-7 Preparing injections


Skill 31-8 Administering injections


Skill 31-9 Adding medications to intravenous fluid containers


Skill 31-10 Administering medications by intravenous bolus


Skill 31-11 Administering intravenous medications by piggyback, intermittent intravenous infusion sets, and mini-infusion pumps


Mobility and Immobility




Skill 33-1 Applying elastic stockings


Skill 33-2 Positioning patients in bed


10 videos

Skill 33-3 Transfer techniques






Skill 34-1A Bathing a patient / Showering a patient


Skill 34-2 Perineal care


Skill 34-3 Menstrual hygiene


Skill 34-4 Administering a back rub


Skill 34-5 Performing nail and foot care


Skill 34-6 Providing oral hygiene


Skill 34-7 Performing mouth care for an unconscious or debilitated client


Skill 34-8 Caring for the patient with contact lenses


Skill 34-9 Making an occupied bed






Skill 36-1 Inserting a small-bore nasoenteric tube for enteral feedings


Skill 36-2 Administering enteral feedings via nasoenteric tubes


Skill 36-3 Administering enteral feedings via gastrostomy or jejunostomy tube


Bowel Elimination




Skill 37-1 Administering a prepared enema


Skill 37-2 Pouching an ostomy


Skill 37-3 Inserting and maintaining a nasogastric tube (for decompression)


Urinary Elimination




Skill 38-1 Collecting midstream (clean-voided) urine specimen


Skill 38-2 Inserting a straight or indwelling catheter


Skill 38-3 Applying a sheath/condom drainage device (new title)


Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid Balance




Skill 39-1 Initiating a peripheral intravenous infusion


Skill 39-2 Regulating intravenous flow rate


Skill 39-3 Changing intravenous solution and infusion tubing


Skill 39-4 Changing a peripheral intravenous dressing


Skill 39-5 Subcutaneos infusion (hypodermoclysis) NEW






Skill 40-1 Pulse oximetry


Skill 40-2 Suctioning


Skill 40-3 Care of patients with chest tubes


Skill 40-4 Applying a nasal cannula or oxygen mask


Skill 40-5 Using home liquid oxygen equipment


Skill 40-6 Cardiopulmonary resuscitation


Pain management




Skill 41-2 Pain health assessment NEW


Care of Surgical Patients




Skill 44-1 Demonstrating postoperative exercises