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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This is a competency skills checklist companion to the main textbook. The format makes it easy to use and provides a step-by-step check off for each skill. The previous edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: The purpose is to facilitate evaluation of skill performance by either the student or the teacher.
Audience: Nursing students are the primary audience.
Features: The skills progress from common vital signs and assessment skills through the usual procedures such as applying an elbow restraint. The first skills list is grouped according to commonalities — for example, administering injections. A second listing of skills is alphabetized to facilitate easy searching for a particular skill. Pages are perforated and three-hole punched, allowing students to tear them out to take to a lab setting for check off or practice. The rating scale is helpful, ranging from excellent to needs practice, indicating performance. A comments section allows faculty to indicate where or how the student can improve.
Assessment: There are many skills books but not a checklist accompanying a text like this one. It offers an easy to use format and it covers all of the most common skills expected of the average nursing student. This edition reflects the most current methods of skill performance and will be a nice addition to any student's library.