This best seller remains a comprehensive source of essential clinical skills presented within the nursing process framework to facilitate student success. Now in its Sixth Edition, Clinical Nursing Skills continues its high standards for skill presentation. The book provides over 650 basic, intermediate, and advanced skills presented in a clear, concise, and step-by-step format, supported by over 1100 photos and illustrations. Special Features *NEW--Coverage of disaster nursing includes the latest information on: triage, smallpox vaccination, personal protection, and nursing interventions in case of an emergency. *NEW--Pediatric and maternity assessments and selected skills round out students' knowledge of special populations. *NEW--Cultural Competence and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice sections highlight their impact on nursing practice. *NEW--Case studies present real-world scenarios for students. *Expanded Theoretical Concepts open each chapter to offer students a base of knowledge. *Clinical Alerts highlight critical aspects of client care. *Expanded Management and Delegation Guidelines point out regulations of care.* Critical Thinking strategies, with a focus on unexpected outcomes, help students apply skills in practice. *Gerontologic Considerations provide variations for the older adult allowing students to identify the clear differences in this growing population.
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The sixth edition of Clinical Nursing Skills continues its high standards for skill presentation. This new edition is expanded to include new chapters as well as new sections of material relevant for the twenty-first-century nurse.
The authors have strived to make this edition current, complete, and relevant for all nursing students, from those who are learning basic skills to senior students who are mastering critical care skills. The majority of skills in this text are also appropriate for the working clinical nurse. Because this text is so comprehensive, it has been adopted by many hospitals as their procedure manual.
Clinical Nursing Skills is a performance-based text written for all levels of nursing education: baccalaureate, associate degree, and diploma. New skills, new photos and illustrations, and new introductory material have been added throughout the text. Also, the text has expanded its very popular Critical Thinking Application at the end of each unit and added Critical Thinking Strategies, with scenarios based on chapter material to stimulate critical thinking ability.
Faculty feedback from prior editions confirms that the most effective way to utilize this text is to teach from the most basic to the more complex skills. The student will learn and perform each specific skill, while also learning how to assess the client, formulate nursing diagnoses, perform the procedure, evaluate the results, and document the pertinent data.
The Nursing Process continues to provide the organizing framework for this textbook. Within each of the 34 chapters, skills are grouped by unit. Nursing process data is then provided for each skill group or unit. Each procedure includes a list of equipment necessary to perform the skill, preparation, and step-by-step nursing interventions. Many steps include rationale for the nursing action. In order not to be redundant or repeat rationale time after time, we have limited these inserts to those most relevant.
The clear and concise format enables the student to easily access key material for immediate reference in the clinical area. Extensive color photographs and drawings within each unit illustrate the concepts presented and enable the student to visualize each step that must be performed.
Because each chapter "stands alone" and is consistently and independently structured, Clinical Nursing Skills can be adapted to all fundamental texts or any program curriculum. This feature allows faculty to use any conceptual model (Newman, Roy, Orem, Rogers, etc.) in the curriculum and to teach the material in any sequence. Clinical Nursing Skills remains the most complete and adaptable nursing skills text available.
This text will effectively assist students to pass NCLEX. The national licensure examination for nurses (NCLEX) primarily focuses on decision-making and judgment in the clinical area. The Practice Analysis of Newly Licensed Registered Nurses, published by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, lists 189 nursing activities performed by newly licensed nurses throughout the United States. These activities, many of which are nursing skills, comprise the framework for developing the NCLEX question pool. Clinical Nursing Skills includes all of these skills and 75% of the overall activities listed in the Job Analysis.
For faculty who adopt Clinical Nursing Skills, a valuable Instructor's Manual is available. Each chapter of the manual includes:
WHAT DISTINGUISHES CLINICAL NURSING SKILLS
Its all-inclusive, clear, and concise format that teaches the student to:
Our primary goal in writing Clinical Nursing Skills, 6th edition, is to produce a relevant, useful, and comprehensive text that is adaptable to various programs and learning needs of students. Further, the authors hope that faculty will find this textbook a valuable teaching tool and reference for clinical practice.
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