Essential Nursing Skills - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780723436942, 9780723437772

Essential Nursing Skills

4th Edition

Clinical skills for caring

Authors: Maggie Nicol Carol Bavin Patricia Cronin Karen Rawlings-Anderson Elaine Cole Janet Hunter
Paperback ISBN: 9780723436942
eBook ISBN: 9780723437772
Imprint: Mosby Ltd.
Published Date: 3rd August 2012
Page Count: 432


As a nursing student you learn lots of nursing theory and research – but how do you translate this into practice and apply it to the skills you need? Where do you start? What steps should be carried out and in what order? What should you do afterwards?

Essential Nursing Skills answers these questions for over 130 clinical skills. Each one is explained from start to finish, using a step-by-step approach, with clear illustrations and colour photographs to enhance understanding.

Small enough to carry with you and specifically designed and written to aid learning, this book is invaluable for nurses across all fields.

Key Features

• Attractive design – easy to use
• Skills explained step by step
• Comprehensive list of skills covers all that students will encounter in practice
Points for Practice sections encourage readers to reflect and learn
• Further reading and references point to the evidence and knowledge base for each skill

Table of Contents

1 Infection prevention and control

1.1 Standard precautions

1.2 Aseptic non touch technique (ANTT)

1.3 Hand washing 1.4 Use of masks

1.5 Use of aprons

1.6 Use of gloves (non-sterile)

1.7 Disposal of waste and care of equipment

1.8 Taking a swab

1.9 Isolation (barrier nursing)

2 Observation and monitoring

2.1 Temperature recording – oral & axillary

2.2 Electronic thermometer – oral & axillary

2.3 Temperature recording: Tympanic membrane thermometer

2.4 Cooling the patient

2.5 Pulse recording

2.6 Assessment of breathing and counting respirations

2.7 Blood pressure recording

2.8 Cardiac monitoring

2.9 Recording a 12-lead ECG

2.10 Assessment of level of consciousness

2.11 Weighing patients

2.12 Measuring waist circumference

2.13 Measuring height

2.14 Care of the patient having a seizure

2.15 Neurovascular assessment

2.16 Blood glucose monitoring

2.17 Pain assessment

2.18 Patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) and epidural analgesia

2.19 Assessment of the deteriorating patient

2.20 Measuring capilliary refill time

3 Resuscitation

3.1 Assessment of collapsed person and recovery position 3.2 Basic life support with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) 3.3 Ward-based cardiopulmonary resuscitation 3.4 Automated external defibrillator (AED)

4 Vascular access and intravenous therapy

4.1 Venepuncture 4.2 Intravenous cannulation 4.3 Preparing an infusion 4.4 Changing an infusion bag 4.5 Regulation of flow rate 4. 6 Care of peripheral cannula site 4.7 Visual infusion phlebitis (VIP) score 4.8 Removal of peripheral cannula 4.9 Care of arterial line 4.10 Intravenous pumps and syringe drivers 4.11 Central venous catheters: care of the site 4.12 Central venous pressure measurement 4.


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About the Author

Maggie Nicol

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, School of Community & Health Sciences, City University, London, UK

Carol Bavin

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, St Bartholomew School of Nursing & Midwifery, City University, London, UK

Patricia Cronin

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Karen Rawlings-Anderson

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, St Bartholomew School of Nursing & Midwifery, City University, London, UK

Elaine Cole

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer Emergency and Trauma Care, City University, London, UK

Janet Hunter


"This book covers the majority of clinical skills encountered in primary and secondary care settings.The level of detail is ideal for a student nurse from year one of training through to a newly qualified nurse. It is both colourful and informative. All subjects are well-researched and evidence-based. This is a good teaching resource for mentors to have access to when mentoring student nurses. Its layout with points for practice and comprehensive reading lists allow the reader to undertake independent study beyond that of just being able to perform the skill."

Nursing Times, February 2013

"THIS IS a comprehensive little handbook aimed at nursing students, but would serve also as a reminder for those who mentor students as well a newly registered staff nurses. It is well structured and the points for practice, with their contemporaneous evidence base and reflections on clinical improvements, are the real 'golden nuggets'...All in all, a great handbook that helps to translate theory into clinical practice. It can be carriedaround and 'dipped' into as and when required. I recommend it as a must for nursing students"

Nursing Management, June 2013