Nursing Interventions & Clinical Skills - 6th Edition - ISBN: 9780323187947, 9780323241205

Nursing Interventions & Clinical Skills

6th Edition

Authors: Anne Perry Patricia Potter Wendy Ostendorf
Paperback ISBN: 9780323187947
eBook ISBN: 9780323241205
Imprint: Mosby
Published Date: 3rd February 2015
Page Count: 888


Master nursing skills with this guide from the respected Perry, Potter & Ostendorf author team! The concise coverage in Nursing Interventions & Clinical Skills, 6th Edition makes it easy to master the clinical skills required in everyday nursing practice. Clear guidelines address 159 basic, intermediate, and advanced skills — from measuring body temperature to insertion of a peripheral intravenous device — and step-by-step instructions emphasize the use of evidence-based concepts to improve patient safety and outcomes. Its friendly, easy-to-read writing style includes a streamlined format and an Evolve companion website with review questions and handy checklists for each skill.

Key Features

  • Coverage of 159 skills and interventions addresses basic, intermediate, and advanced skills you'll use every day in practice.
  • UNIQUE! Using Evidence in Nursing Practice chapter provides the information needed to use evidence-based practice to solve clinical problems.
  • Safe Patient Care Alerts highlight unusual risks in performing skills, so you can plan ahead at each step of nursing care.
  • Delegation & Collaboration guidelines help you make decisions in whether to delegate a skill to unlicensed assistive personnel, and indicates what key information must be shared. 
  • Special Considerations indicate additional risks or accommodations you may face when caring for pediatric or geriatric patients, and patients in home care settings.
  • Documentation guidelines include samples of nurses’ notes showing what should be reported and recorded after performing skills.
  • A consistent format for nursing skills makes it easier to perform skills, always including Assessment, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation.
  • A Glove icon identifies procedures in which clean gloves should be worn or gloves should be changed in order to minimize the risk of infection.
  • Media resources include skills performance checklists on the Evolve companion website and related lessons, videos, and interactive exercises on Nursing Skills Online.

Table of Contents

Unit I: Quality and Safety in Nursing Practice
Chapter 1: Using Evidence in Nursing Practice
• Steps of Evidence-Based Practice
• Evidence in Nursing Skills
Chapter 2: Communication & Collaboration
• Skill 2.1 Establishing the Nurse-Patient Relationship and Interviewing
• Skill 2.2 Communicating with Patients Who Have Difficulty Coping
• Skill 2.3 Communications with Cognitively Impaired Patients
• Procedural Guideline 2.1 Hand-Off Communications
• Procedural Guideline 2.2 S-BAR Communication
• Skill 2.4 Discharge Planning and Transitional Care  NEW!
Chapter 3: Documentation and Informatics
• Procedure Guideline 3.1 Documenting Nurses’ Progress Notes
• Procedural Guideline 3.2 Using an Electronic Medical Record
• Procedural Guideline 3.3 Documenting an Incident Occurrence
Chapter 4: Patient Safety & Quality Improvement
• Skill 4.1 Fall Prevention in a Health Care Setting
• Skill 4.2 Designing a Restraint Free Environment
• Skill 4.3 Applying Physical Restraints
• Skill 4.4 Seizure Precautions
• Skill 4.5 Fire, Electrical, and Radiation Safety
Chapter 5: Infection Control
• Skill 5.1 Hand Hygiene
• Skill 5.2 Applying Personal Protective Equipment
• Skill 5.3 Caring for Patients under Isolation Precautions
• Skill 5.4 Preparing a Sterile Field
• Skill 5.6 Applying Sterile Gloves
Unit II: Patient Assessment Skills
Chapter 6: Vital Signs
• Skill 6.1 Measuring Body Temperature
• Skill 6.2 Assessing Pulse: Apical
• Skill 6.3 Assessing Pulse: Radial
• Procedural Guideline 6.1 Assessing Pulse: Apical Radial
• Skill 6.4 Assessing Respirations
• Skill 6.5 Assessing Blood Pressure
• Procedural Guideline 6.2 Assessing Blood Pressure Electronically
Chapter 7: Health


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About the Author

Anne Perry

Anne Griffin Perry, RN, EdD, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Nursing, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Associate Dean, School of Nursing, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

Patricia Potter

Patricia A. Potter, RN, MSN, PhD, FAAN, Director of Research, Patient Care Services Barnes-Jewish Hospital St. Louis, MO

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Research, Patient Care Services Barnes-Jewish Hospital St. Louis, MO

Wendy Ostendorf

Affiliations and Expertise

Neumann University, Aston, Pennsylvania