Clinical Nursing Skills & Techniques / Edition 5

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The new fifth edition of this popular resource retains its comprehensive coverage, number of skills, and a two-column format with rationales for each step. This new edition emphasizes evidence-based practice and features delegation principles, new related interventions for unexpected outcomes, long-term care and home careconsiderations, and new procedural guidelines boxes that present basic skills in a streamlined format. In addition, new expanded skills include using small volume nebulizers, applying pneumanic compression devices, placing a client on a rotokinetic bed, administering continuous subcutaneous medications, and irrigating a small-bore feeding tube.

• Includes a FREE MERLIN website at
• Spanish version of 4th edition also available, ISBN: 84-8174-342-9

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Reviewer: Patrice Jones, RN, MSN (Indiana State University)
Description: The book offers complete coverage of more that 220 nursing skills, including basic, intermediate, and advanced. The book is designed for nursing students, but would also be a useful resource for practicing nurses. The previous edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: The purpose is to help students learn how to perform nursing skills safely and to effectively care for patients. It is also intended to assist students in taking nursing skills from classroom to clinical practice. These are appropriate objectives for nursing students and the book meets the objectives very well.
Audience: The book is written for students at every level of the nursing program. The author's credentials are indicative of expertise in this area, as are the credentials of the contributors.
Features: Each of the 43 chapters includes objectives, key terms, the skills outlined in a two-column format with rationale provided for each step, illustrations and photos, critical decision points, unexpected outcomes with interventions, teaching considerations, age-related considerations, documentation guidelines, home and long-term care considerations, and critical thinking exercises. Each chapter has a bibliography. The skills are presented in the five-step nursing process format.
Assessment: The book does an admirable job of presenting nursing skills and other skill-related considerations to nursing students. Each chapter is well organized and easy to follow. This edition includes seven new features and is an excellent teaching tool.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323014069
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/4/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 1311
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 1.94 (d)

Table of Contents

SUPPORTING THE CLIENT THROUGH THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM · Admitting, Transfer, and Discharge · Communication · Recording and Reporting · SAFETY AND COMFORT · Safety · Comfort · HYGIENE · Personal Hygiene and Bedmaking · Pressure Ulcer Care · Care of Eye and Ear Prostheses · VITAL SIGNS AND PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT · Vital Signs · Shift Assessment · OXYGENATION · Oxygen Therapy · Performing Chest Physiotherapy · Airway Maintenance · Closed Chest Drainage Systems · Emergency Measures for Life Support · MEDICATIONS · Preparing for Medication Administration · Oral and Topical Medications · Parenteral Medications · FLUID BALANCE · Intravenous and Vascular Therapy · Blood Therapy · NUTRITION · Oral Nutrition · Enteral Nutrition · Parenteral Nutrition · ELIMINATION · Urinary Elimination · Bowel Elimination and Gastric Intubation · Ostomy Care · POSTURE, MOBILITY, AND AMBULATION · Body Mechanics, Transfer, and Positioning · Exercise and Ambulation · Orthopedic Measures · Support Surfaces and Special Beds · INFECTION CONTROL · Medical Asepsis · Sterile Technique · CARE OF THE SURGICAL CLIENT · Preoperative and Post-Operative Care · Intraoperative Care · DRESSINGS AND WOUND CARE · Wound Care and Irrigations · Dressings · Binders and Bandages · Hot and Cold Therapy · HOME CARE · Home Care Safety · Home Care Teaching · SPECIAL PROCEDURES · Specimen Collection · Diagnostic Procedures · Care After Death · Glossary

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