Nursing Interventions & Clinical Skills / Edition 3

Nursing Interventions & Clinical Skills / Edition 3

by Anne Griffin Perry, Patricia A. Potter, Anne Griffin Perry, Patricia Ann Potter

ISBN-10: 0323022014

ISBN-13: 9780323022019

Pub. Date: 06/13/2003

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

Nursing Interventions & Clinical Skills provides complete coverage of basic, intermediate, and advanced skills in a streamlined, visually-oriented format. This text features a unique, user-friendly, full-color presentation, with more than a thousand photos and drawings. The nursing process framework and clear, 2-column format with rationales help put


Nursing Interventions & Clinical Skills provides complete coverage of basic, intermediate, and advanced skills in a streamlined, visually-oriented format. This text features a unique, user-friendly, full-color presentation, with more than a thousand photos and drawings. The nursing process framework and clear, 2-column format with rationales help put nursing skills into the context of care delivery. Skills are clustered, with similar skills covered together, to reflect the way they are commonly taught.


  • Includes basic, intermediate, and advanced skills.
  • Standard beginning and completion protocols for each skill are summarized on inside front cover for easy reference so that routine steps need not be constantly repeated.
  • Skills are clustered, with similar skills covered together, to reflect the way they are commonly taught.
  • Easy-to-follow 2-column format for skills includes rationales for key steps to help students understand why specific techniques are used.
  • Nurse-Alerts highlight safety issues or critical steps in the skills
  • Glove logo provides a visual reminder to apply clean gloves.
  • Delegation Considerations guide nurses when assigning a skill to unlicensed assistive personnel.
  • Special considerations include age-related, home-care, and long term care.
  • Communication Tips provide guidelines for students on how to prepare, support, and instruct clients.
  • Over a thousand full-color photographs and drawings clearly show how steps are performed.
About the Authors:
Martha Keene Elkin RN, MSN, Formerly, Lactation Counselor, Stephens Memorial Hospital, Norway, ME

Anne Griffin Perry RN, MSN, EdD, FAAN, Professor and Coordinator, Adult Health Specialty, Saint Louis University School of Nursing, Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, St. Louis, MO

Patricia A. Potter RN, MSN, PhD, CMAC, Research Scientist, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO

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Elsevier Health Sciences
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Third Edition
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8.56(w) x 10.82(h) x 1.44(d)

Table of Contents

1. Professional Nursing Practice

Skill 1.1 Documenting Nurses’ Progress Notes
• Skill 1.2 Giving a Change-of-Shift Report

2. Facilitating Communication

Skill 2.1 Establishing Nurse-Client Relationship
• Skill 2.2 Interviewing
• Skill 2.3 Communicating With Anxious Client
• Skill 2.4 Communicating with Angry Client
• Skill 2.5 Communicating with Depressed Client NEW!

3. Promoting a Safe Environment

Procedural Guideline 3-1 Fire, Electrical and Radiation Safety NEW!
• Skill 3.1 Fall Prevention
• Skill 3.2 Designing a Restraint-Free Environment
• Skill 3.3 Applying Physical Restraints
• Skill 3.4 Seizure Precautions
Procedural Guideline 3-2 Writing an Incident Report

4. Medical Aseptic Techniques

Skill 4.1 Hand Hygiene
Procedural Guideline 4-1 Using Disposable Clean Gloves
• Skill 4.2 Caring for Clients Under Isolation Precautions
• Skill 4-3 Special Tuberculosis Precautions

5. Basic Sterile Techniques

Skill 5.1 Applying Personal Protective Equipment NEW!
• Skill 5.2 Preparing a Sterile Field
• Skill 5.3 Sterile Gloving

6. Promoting Activity and Mobility

Skill 6.1 Assisting With Moving and Positioning Clients in Bed
• Skill 6.2 Using Safe and Effective Transfer Techniques
• Skill 6.3 Assisting with Ambulation
• Skill 6.4 Teaching Use of Cane, Crutches and Walker
• Skill 6.5 Continuous Passive Motion Machine (CPM) (For Client with Total Knee Replacement).
Procedural Guideline 6-1 Applying Elastic Stockings and Sequential Compression Device. NEW!
• Procedural Guideline 6-2 Range of Motion Exercises

7. Promoting Hygiene

Skill 7.1 Complete Bathing,
Procedural Guideline 7-1 Commercial Bag Bath or Cleansing Pack NEW!
• Skill 7.2 Oral Care for the Debilitated or Unconscious Client,
Procedural Guideline 7-2 Care of Dentures
• Skill 7.3 Hair Care,
• Skill 7.4 Foot and Nail Care,
• Skill 7.5 Bedmaking,
Procedural Guideline 7-3 Unoccupied Bedmaking and Surgical Bed EXPANDED!

8. Promoting Nutrition

Skill 8.1 Feeding Dependent Clients
• Skill 8.2 Aspiration Precautions
Procedural Guideline 8-1 Standing Height and Weight on Platform or Chair Scale

9. Assisting With Elimination

Skill 9.1 Monitoring Intake and Output
• Skill 9.2 Providing a Bedpan and Urinal
• Skill 9.3 Applying an External Catheter
• Skill 9.4 Catheter Care
• Skill 9.5 Administering an Enema

10. Promoting Comfort and Pain Control

Skill 10.1 Nonpharmacological Comfort Measures
• Skill 10.2 Relaxation and Guided Imagery NEW!
• Skill 10.3 Pharmacological Pain Management
• Skill 10.4 Patient-Controlled Analgesia
• Skill 10.5 Epidural Analgesia
• Skill 10.6 Local Anesthetic Infusion Pump for Analgesia

11. Vital Signs

Skill 11.1 Assessing Temperature, Pulse, Respirations, and Blood Pressure
Procedural Guideline 11-1 Obtaining Blood Pressure from Lower Extremity by Auscultation
• Procedural Guideline 11-2 Electronic Blood Pressure Measurement

• Skill 11.2 Measuring Oxygen Saturation with Pulse Oximetry

12. Health Assessment

Skill 12.1 General Survey
• Skill 12.2 Assessing the Head and Neck
• Skill 12.3 Assessing the Thorax and Lungs
• Skill 12.4 Cardiovascular Assessment NEW!
• Skill 12.5 Assessing the Abdomen
• Skill 12.6 Musculoskeletal and Neurological Assessment NEW!

13. Laboratory Tests

Skill 13.1 Urine Specimen Collection—Midstream, Sterile Urinary Catheter
Procedural Guideline 13-1 Collecting 24-Hour Timed Urine Specimens
• Procedural Guideline 13-2 Urine Screening for Glucose, Ketones, Protein, Blood, and pH

• Skill 13.2 Testing for Gastrointestinal Alterations (Gastroccult Test, Stool Specimen, and Hemoccult Test)
• Skill 13.3 Blood Glucose Monitoring
• Skill 13.4 Collecting Blood Specimens—Venipuncture With Vacutainer, Venipuncture With Syringe, and Blood Cultures
• Skill 13.5 Collecting Specimens From the Nose and Throat
• Skill 13.6 Collecting a Sputum Specimen by Suction
Procedural Guideline 13-4 Collecting a Sputum Specimen by Expectoration
• Skill 13.7 Obtaining Wound Cultures

14. Diagnostic Procedures

Skill 14.1 Intravenous Moderate Sedation,
• Skill 14.2 Contrast Media Studies: Arteriogram, Cardiac Catheterization, Intravenous Pyelogram,
• Skill 14.3 Assisting With Aspirations: Bone Marrow, Lumbar Puncture, Paracentesis, Thoracentesis,
• Skill 14.4 Assisting With Bronchoscopy,
• Skill 14.5 Assisting With Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
• Skill 14.6 Assisting With Electrocardiogram

15. Preparation for Medication Administration

16. Administration of Nonparenteral Medications

Skill 16.1 Administering Oral Medications
• Skill 16.2 Administering Medication Through a Feeding Tube
• Skill 16.3 Applying Topical Medications
• Skill 16.4 Instilling Eye and Ear Medications
• Skill 16.5 Using Metered-Dose Inhalers
• Skill 16.6 Using Small-Volume Nebulizers
• Skill 16.7 Inserting Rectal and Vaginal Medications

17. Administration of Injections

Procedural Guideline 17-1 Reconstituting Medications From a Powder
• Procedural Guideline 17-2 Mixing Medications From a Vial

• Skill 17.1 Subcutaneous Injections (Includes Insulin)
• Skill 17.2 Intramuscular Injections
• Skill 17.3 Intradermal Injections
• Skill 17.4 Continuous Subcutaneous Medications

18. Preparing the Client for Surgery

Skill 18.1 Preoperative Assessment
• Skill 18.2 Preoperative Teaching
• Skill 18.3 Physical Preparation

19. Intraoperative Techniques

Skill 19.1 Surgical Hand Antisepsis
• Skill 19.2 Donning Sterile Gown and Closed Gloving

20. Caring for the Postoperative Client

Skill 20.1 Providing Surgical Wound Care
• Skill 20.2 Monitoring and Measuring Drainage Devices
• Skill 20.3 Removing Staples and Sutures (Including Applying Steri-Strips)

21. Pressure Ulcers

Skill 21.1 Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment and Prevention Strategies
• Skill 21.2 Treatment of Pressure Ulcers and Wound Management

22. Dressings

Skill 22.1 Applying Dressings
• Skill 22.2 Applying Pressure Dressings NEW!
• Skill 22.3 Changing Transparent Dressings
• Skill 22.4 Wound Vacuum Assisted Closure
• Skill 22.5 Applying Binders and Bandages

23. Therapeutic Use of Warm and Cold Applications

Skill 23.1 Moist Heat
• Skill 23.2 Dry Heat
• Skill 23.3 Cold Compresses and Ice Bags

24. Special Mattresses and Beds

Skill 24.1 Using a Support Surface
• Skill 24.2 Using an Air Suspension Bed
• Skill 24.3 Using an Air-Fluidized Bed
• Skill 24.4 Using a Rotokinetic Bed
• Skill 24.5 Using a Bariatric Bed

25. Traction, Cast Care, and Immobilization Devices

Skill 25.1 Care of the Client in Skin Traction
• Skill 25.2 Care of the Client in Skeletal Traction and Pin Site Care
• Skill 25.3 Care of the Client During Cast Application
• Skill 25.4 Care of the Client During Cast Removal
• Skill 25.5 Care of the Client With an Immobilization Device (Brace, Splint, Sling)
Procedural Guideline 25-1 Sling Application

26. Intravenous Therapy

Skill 26.1 Insertion of a Peripheral Intravenous Device (Intermittent and Continuous Infusion)
• Skill 26.2 Regulating Intravenous Infusion Flow Rates
• Skill 26.3 Maintenance of Intravenous Site
• Skill 26.4 Administering Intravenous Medications
• Skill 26.5 Transfusions of Blood Products

27. Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance

Skill 27.1 Monitoring Fluid Balance
• Skill 27.2 Monitoring Electrolyte Balance
• Skill 27.3 Monitoring Acid-Base Balance

28. Promoting Oxygenation

Skill 28.1 Oxygen Administration
• Skill 28.2 Airway Management: Noninvasive Interventions
• Skill 28.3 Airway Management: Suctioning
• Skill 28.4 Airway Management: Endotracheal Tube and Tracheostomy Care
• Skill 28.5 Managing Closed Chest Drainage Systems

29. Gastric Intubation

Skill 29.1 Inserting Nasogastric Tube (Includes Checking Placement of Nasal Tube)
• Skill 29.2 Irrigating Nasogastric Tube
• Skill 29.3 Removing Nasogastric Tube

30. Enteral Nutrition

Skill 30.1 Intubating the Client With a Small-Bore Nasogastric or Nasointestinal Feeding Tube
• Skill 30.2 Verifying Tube Placement for a Large-Bore or Small-Bore Feeding Tube
• Skill 30.3 Administering Tube Feedings for Nasogastric, Gastrostomy, and Jejunostomy tubes

31. Altered Bowel Elimination

Skill 31.1 Removing Impactions
• Skill 31.2 Pouching an Enterostomy
• Skill 31.3 Inserting and Maintaining a Nasogastric Tube for Gastric Decompression

32. Altered Urinary Elimination

Skill 32.1 Urinary Catheterization With Straight or Indwelling (Retention) Catheter: Female and Male
• Skill 32.2 Removal of an Indwelling Catheter
• Skill 32.3 Inserting Straight Catheter for Specimen Collection or Post-void Residual Urine
• Skill 32.4 Closed and Open Intermittent Catheter Irrigation
• Skill 32.5 Suprapubic Catheter Care
• Skill 32.6 Pouching a Urinary Diversion

33. Altered Sensory Perception

Skill 33.1 Caring for an Eye Prosthesis
• Skill 33.2 Eye Irrigations
• Skill 33.3 Caring for Clients with Hearing Aids
• Skill 33.4 Ear Irrigations

34. Emergency Measures for Life Support in the Hospital Setting

Skill 34.1 Code Management
• Skill 34.2 Inserting an Oral Pharyngeal Airway NEW!

35. Care of the Client With Special Needs

Skill 35.1 Managing Central Venous Lines
• Skill 35.2 Administration of Total Parenteral Nutrition
• Skill 35.3 Mechanical Ventilation
• Skill 35.4 Care of Client Receiving Hemodialysis
• Skill 35.5 Peritoneal Dialysis

36. Palliative Care

Skill 36.1 Care of the Dying Client
• Skill 36.2 Care of the Body After Death

37. Client Teaching and Home Health Management

Skill 37.1 Risk Assessment and Accident Prevention
• Skill 37.2 Adapting the Home Setting for Clients with Cognitive Deficits
• Skill 37.3 Medication and Medical Device Safety
Procedural Guideline 37-1 Teaching Clients Self-Injections
• Skill 37.4 Using Home Oxygen Therapy

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