Placement Learning in Surgical Nursing

1st Edition

A guide for students in practice


  • Karen Holland
  • Roxburgh
  • Key Features

    • Takes a logical, step-by-step approach to preparing for learning on a surgical placement
    • Provides an introduction to the principles of care, treatment and management of an individual undergoing surgery, linking university-learned theory to clinical practice
    • Gives helpful evidence-based practice examples and resources to support placement learning
    • Identifies clinical skills that underpin care of a person undergoing surgery
    • Highlights potential learning opportunities and experiences available on a surgical nursing placement
    • Explains how to develop your clinical portfolio by completing specific exercises and activities
    • Maps all activities and exercises to the NMC competencies
    • Discusses the possible challenges that may arise during a surgical placement and advises on approaches to a range of situations
    • Adopts a case study/patient pathway approach to learning, from pre-admission to discharge.

    Series features:

    • A unique guide to getting the most from clinical placements
    • How to prepare for your placement
    • What you can expect to learn during a placement
    • Clear links to, and examples of, achieving NMC competencies
    • Guidance on what to use as evidence for your portfolio
    • Case studies that link theory with practice
    • How to consolidate your experience and learn from the placement
    • Tips, activities, further reading suggestions and useful websites.

    Table of Contents


    Section 1 Preparation for Practice Learning Experience

    Chapter 1 Surgical Nursing in Context

    Chapter 2 Introduction to the principles of surgical nursing

    Chapter 3 Types of surgical nursing opportunities and clinical placements

    Chapter 4 Preparation for Learning in Practice

    Section 2 Placement Learning Opportunities

    Chapter 5 Pre-admission assessment of the patient and discharge planning

    Chapter 6 Preparation of the patient for surgery: the hospital experience

    Chapter 7 Undergoing an anaesthetic prior to surgery

    Chapter 8 Undergoing surgery: the HospitalTheatre Experience

    Chapter 9 Recovery from Surgery

    Chapter 10 Going home from hospital

    Section 3 The Patient experience of undergoing surgery

    Chapter 11 Case study 1: Caring for a patient in a Day Care Unit

    Chapter 12 Case study 2: Caring for a patient in a general surgical ward

    Chapter 13 Case study 3: Caring for a patient requiring emergency surgery

    Section 4 Consolidating learning

    Chapter 14 What have I learnt in a surgical nursing placement?

    Appendix: Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidance on professional conduct for nursing and midwifery students



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    Bailièrre Tindall
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