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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

The book contains color illustrations.

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Reviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This book is for beginning and advanced students who are applying the nursing process and learning clinical skills. It builds from simple to complex so the students may integrate their acquired knowledge along the way. The previous edition of this book was published in 2000.
Purpose: The purpose is to promote student learning of clinical interventions and skills necessary to provide sound nursing care. These objectives are good ones and met by the authors.
Audience: The audience is beginning and advanced nursing students. The authors are well known in the area of nursing process and foundational nursing care.
Features: The book presents material from simple to complex in an easy to use format. The first part of the book includes basic material on infection control, patient safety, hygiene, and vital signs. The latter portion addresses complex skills such as gastric intubation and enteral nutrition. The student's learning is reinforced by the presentation of the material. It follows the nursing process and includes icons to direct the reader to apply principles of infection control, delegation, age/developmental considerations, and long-term aspects of care. Two of the new features of this edition are a unit on wound care and one on end of life care. In the palliative care section material should be included to address cultural consideration as well as the neonatal/perinatal patient.
Assessment: There are many books available on application of the nursing process but this one's unique features such as use of icons to guide the learner as well as very colorful, accurate photos of skills or aspects of assessment are an excellent teaching/learning enhancement. This book details more of the special considerations than can be found in competing text such as Kozier, et al., Fundamentals of Nursing: Concepts, Process, and Practice, 6th edition (Prentice Hall Health, 2000) or Doenges, et al., Nurse's Pocket Guide: Diagnoses, Interventions, and Rationales, 8th edition (F.A. Davis, 2002).
Susan E. Appling
This nursing skills book covers most nursingtechnologies, moving from basic to complex. Using a two-column tableformat, it outlines both the steps and associated rationale for eachprocedure and the nursing process is used to organize discussion. Thepurpose is to provide a current and comprehensive reference forimplementation of both basic and complex nursing procedures used in thehospital and the home. Clinical nursing students are the targetaudience, and the book is written at an appropriate level to provideclear guidance for performing techniques and monitoring associatedpatient responses. The book features more than 900 color photographsand illustrations that clearly depict key procedural steps. The tableformat, outlining steps and rationale, is easy to use. Associatednursing diagnoses and nursing alerts for each procedure are in boldtype to facilitate recognition, and critical thinking exercises at theend of each chapter are effective teaching/learning tools. Thisnursing skills book, covering most nursing skills from basic tocomplex, is a clear, concise, and current reference for nursingstudents. Discussion of techniques is effectively organized using thesteps of the nursing process, and procedures are outlined andillustrated to facilitate comprehension and accurate implementation. The authors have written several previous and well-accepted texts onthe subject, and this new reference will be a useful addition to thelibraries of students and healthcare facilities.
A text on basic and advanced nursing skills, incorporating the five- step nursing process--diagnosis, evaluation, expected outcomes, implementation, and evaluation--as an organizational framework. Units on subjects such as activities of daily living; administration of medications; perioperative nursing care; and managing complex nursing interventions feature step-by-step, illustrated instructions for nursing procedures, sample documents, and critical thinking exercises, plus gender-biased color photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323022019
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 6/13/2003
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1100
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit I Fundamental Concepts
1 Professional Nursing Practice 1
2 Facilitating Communication 25
3 Medical Aseptic Techniques 49
4 Basic Sterile Techniques 68
5 Promoting a Safe Environment 80
Unit II Basic Human Needs
6 Promoting Activity and Mobility 110
7 Promoting Hygiene 148
8 Promoting Nutrition 182
9 Assisting With Elimination 199
10 Promoting Comfort, Sleep, and Relaxation 222
11 Pain Management 238
Unit III Assessment Skills
12 Vital Signs 264
13 Shift Assessment 294
14 Laboratory Tests 347
15 Diagnostic Tests 385
Unit IV Administration of Medications
16 Preparation for Medication Administration 408
17 Administration of Nonparenteral Medications 425
18 Administration of Injections 457
Unit V Perioperative Nursing Care
19 Preparing the Client for Surgery 491
20 Intraoperative Techniques 508
21 Caring for the Postoperative Client 519
Unit VI Wound Care
22 Surgical Wound Care 536
23 Pressure Ulcers 552
24 Dressings 570
25 Therapeutic Use of Heat and Cold 596
Unit VII Managing Immobilized Clients
26 Special Mattresses and Beds 611
27 Promoting Range of Motion 629
28 Traction, Cast Care, and Immobilization Devices 646
Unit VIII Managing Complex Nursing Interventions
29 Intravenous Therapy 675
30 Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance 725
31 Promoting Oxygenation 747
32 Gastric Intubation 785
33 Enteral Nutrition 797
34 Altered Bowel Elimination 819
35 Altered Urinary Elimination 838
36 Altered Sensory Perception 866
37 Emergency Measures for Life Support in the Hospital Setting 882
38 Care of the Client With Special Needs 898
39 Palliative Care 925
40 Client Teaching and Home Health Management 939
App. A Sample Forms 962
App. B Abbreviations and Equivalents 979
App. C Classification of Nursing Diagnoses by Functional Health Patterns 983
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