Clinical Nursing Skills and Techniques / Edition 7

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Known for its clear, comprehensive coverage of over 200 evidence-based skills, Clinical Nursing Skills & Techniques is today’s leading nursing skills reference. It features nearly 1,000 full-color photographs and drawings, a nursing process framework, step-by-step instructions with rationales, and a focus on critical thinking and evidence-based practice. This edition includes new coverage of patient-centered care and safety guidelines, an emphasis on QSEN core competencies, and links to valuable online resources. Written by the trusted author team of Anne Griffin Perry and Patricia A. Potter, and now joined by new author Wendy Ostendorf, this reference helps you perform nursing skills with confidence.

  • Coverage of QSEN core competencies includes delegation and collaboration, guidelines for reporting and recording, and pediatric, geriatric, home care, and teaching considerations.
  • Unique! Using Evidence in Nursing Practice chapter covers the entire process of conducting research, including collecting, evaluating, and applying evidence from published research.
  • Comprehensive coverage includes 212 basic, intermediate, and advanced nursing skills.
  • Clinical Decision Points within skills address key safety issues or possible skill modifications for specific patient needs.
  • Icons indicate video clips related to skills and procedures in the book and related lessons in Nursing Skills Online.
  • Rationales for each skill step explain why steps are performed in a specific way, including their clinical significance and benefit, and incorporate the latest research findings.
  • The five-step nursing process provides a framework for the description of skills within overall client care.
  • Unique! Unexpected outcomes and related interventions alert you to what might go wrong and how to appropriately intervene.
  • Online checklists and video clips may be downloaded to mobile devices.
  • NEW Patient-Centered Care sections address issues unique to people of specific cultural, ethnic, and demographic backgrounds - a QSEN core competency.
  • NEW Safety Guidelines sections cover the global recommendations on the safe execution of skill sets - also a QSEN core competency.
  • UPDATED Adverse Event Reporting (AER) procedural guideline covers the correct response to Serious Event Reporting within the healthcare facility.
  • NEW! Safe Transfer to a Wheel Chair procedural guideline focuses on the safety aspect of this common maneuver.
  • NEW! Communicating with the Cognitively Impaired Patient skill provides the understanding and protocol for dealing with patients who are unable to communicate in a typical manner.
  • NEW! Assessing the Genitalia and Rectum skill includes complete information and rationales.
  • NEW! Caring for Patients with Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms (MDRO) and C. difficili skill covers this growing challenge to patient welfare and to healthcare providers.

"The fourth edition of this popular nursing reference includes over 220 basic to advanced procedures for nursing faculty and practitioners." Appropriate for: Nursing Students, Nurses.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Melissa Banks-Sockriter, MSN (Delaware Technical & Community College)
Description: This book thoroughly covers the numerous clinical skills and techniques that are taught at the basic nursing level. This edition has over 200 new photos, procedural guidelines, information about using evidence in nursing practice, assessment, and managing parenteral nutrition, to list just a few topics. End-of-chapter review questions enhance learning.
Purpose: Over 200 basic, intermediate, and advanced nursing skills and procedures are outlined, complete with guidelines, rationales, teaching considerations, and a glossary. The book works nicely with the other Potter and Perry textbooks for nursing students. Every chapter has clear and concise objectives.
Audience: It is intended for nursing students in basic or intermediate courses. It is perfect for use in beginning courses, and can be used as a resource for more advanced courses.
Features: The book covers a wide variety of skills and techniques that nursing students must learn in a basic or intermediate course. They range from simple to complex, from reporting and recording to vital signs and physical assessment, oxygenation, and medications. Some essential features enhance comprehension: a list of key terms and objectives at the beginning of each chapter, critical thinking exercises at the end, and inclusion of evidence-based practice trends that provide an overview of recent research findings and their implications for quality nursing practice. Where applicable, the book also includes information on culturally diverse clients. Color illustrations, a complete glossary, and detailed skill reviews are notable features.
Assessment: This is a great resource for teaching nursing students the necessary skills for their profession. In nursing, skills are continuing to change and advance, but this edition is up to date with nursing practice. There is nothing in this book that is obsolete or unnecessary.
An introductory text for a first-year fundamentals or skills course. Emphasizes the fundamental knowledge and skills the nurse must possess to effectively deliver health care to clients. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323052894
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/12/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 1312
  • Sales rank: 643,703
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Admitting, Transfer, and Discharge 3
2 Recording and Reporting 21
3 Safety 43
4 Comfort 62
5 Bathing and Skin Care 96
6 Pressure Ulcer Care 121
7 Care of the Mouth 137
8 Care of the Hair, Nails, and Feet 150
9 Eye Care and Care of Eye and Ear Prostheses 164
10 Care of the Client's Environment 180
11 Vital Signs 196
12 Physical Examination and Health Assessment 240
13 Oxygen Therapy 350
14 Performing Chest Physiotherapy 390
15 Airway Maintenance 409
16 Closed Chest Drainage Systems 448
17 Emergency Measures for Life Support 468
18 Oral Medications 492
19 Topical Medications 509
20 Parenteral Medications 540
21 Chemotherapy 585
22 Intravenous and Vascular Access Therapy 599
23 Blood Therapy 645
24 Oral Nutrition 666
25 Enteral Nutrition 687
26 Parenteral Nutrition 714
27 Urinary Elimination 728
28 Bowel Elimination 771
29 Ostomy Care 787
30 Body Alignment and Mechanics 812
31 Transfer and Positioning 819
32 Orthopedic Measures 836
33 Beds, Frames, and Mattresses 863
34 Exercise and Ambulation 882
35 Medical Asepsis 914
36 Surgical Asepsis 928
37 Preoperative and Postoperative Care 942
38 Intraoperative Care 968
39 Dressings 978
40 Binders and Bandages 1003
41 Hot and Cold Therapy 1016
42 Wound Care and Irrigations 1036
43 Specimen Collection 1052
44 Diagnostic Procedures 1114
45 Care After Death 1153
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