Essential Clinical Skills: Enrolled Nurses,
4th Edition

Joanne Tollefson, Gayle Watson, Eugenie Jelly, Karen Tambree

ISBN-13: 9780170411332 | ISBN-10: 0170411338

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 368 pages

List Price USD $62.25


Essential Clinical Skills clearly and succinctly explains each key clinical skill and provides a structured format for students to undertake many of the skills taught in HLT54115. Each skill is mapped to the key units of competency as well as the Indicators in the Standards for Practice: Enrolled Nurses (2016), where relevant. Using this text, students and instructors are able to translate their skills and knowledge into demonstrable competencies that fulfil the required standards. The text has been designed to assist the learning and practice of clinical skills introduced in on campus purpose-built Nursing Skills Laboratories. Students are taught how to implement basic nursing care, assess clients' health and analyse health-related information.

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Joanne Tollefson was a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Nursing Sciences at James Cook University. She is a registered nurse with many years of clinical experience in several countries and extensive experience in nursing education at both the hospital and tertiary levels. Research interests include competency-based education and clinical assessment, development of reflective practitioners for a changing work environment, chronic pain and arbovirus disease in the tropics. Joanne is also a two-time recipient of the National Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Carrick Award, 2007 and Australian Teaching and Learning Council Award, 2008).

Gayle Watson is a registered Nurse with over 25 years experience in acute nursing, and nursing education. Her work experience includes several areas with a focus in orthopaedics, oncology, CVA rehabilitation and general medicine. Gayle’s broad experience in nursing education includes work in both RN and EN education programs. It has included both classroom based teaching and supervising students on clinical placement. She has also been strongly involved with curriculum development, plus the design of student learning guides and resources. Gayle currently lectures at Central TAFE WA.

Eugenie Jelly is a teacher in nursing at Central TAFE, Mt Lawley campus.

Karen Tambree is a Principal Lecturer in the Enrolled Nursing program at West Coast TAFE WA. Karen has been involved with the nursing profession for over 30 years. She began as an Enrolled Nurse in Sydney and went on to complete her Bachelor of Nursing and further post graduate studies. Her career has taken her through a series of rewarding and challenging positions, including Paediatric, Oncology, Palliative and Psychiatric nursing. Karen established the School of Nursing at West Coast TAFE in 2003.

Table of Contents

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Part 1. Hand hygiene
1.1 hand hygiene
Part 2 Assessment
2.1 Head to toe assessment
2.2 Risk assessment and risk management (NEW)
2.3 Temperature pulse and respiration measurement - TPR
2.4 Blood pressure measurement
2.5 Pulse oximetry
2.6 Blood glucose measurement
2.7 Neurological observation
2.8 Neurovascular observation
2.9 Pain assessment
2.10 12 Lead ECG recording
Part 3 Activities of daily living and fundamental nursing skills
3.1 Professional workplace skills
3.2 Bed making
3.3 Assisting the patient to ambulate
3.4 Assisting the patient with eating and drinking
3.5 Assisting the patient to maintain personal grooming and hygiene needs 1
3.6 Assisting the patient to maintain personal hygiene and grooming
3.7 Assisting the patient with elimination - urinary and bowel elimination
3.8 Urinalysis and urine specimen collection (NEW)
3.9 Faeces assessment and specimen collection
3.10 Assisting the patient with stoma (colostomy) care (NEW)
3.11 Patient comfort - pain management - non pharmacological
3.12 Positioning of a dependant patient
3.13 Preventing and managing pressure injuries
3.14 Active and passive exercises
3.15 Deep breathing and coughing and use of incentive spirometer
Part 4 Asepsis and wound care
4.1 Aseptic technique - establishing a general or critical aseptic field
4.2 Simple dry dressing using a general aseptic field
4.3 Wound irrigation
4.4 Wound swab (NEW)
4.5 Packing a wound - wet to moist dressing
4.6 Vac dressing (NEW)
4.7 Suture and staple removal
4.8 Drain removal and shortening
4.9 Gowning and gloving open and closed
4.10 Surgical scrub - surgical hand wash
4.11 Chest drains/ underwater seal drainage
Part 5 Medication
5.1 Medication administration - oral, sublingual, buccal, topical and suppositories
5.2 Medication administration - eye drops/ointment , eye toilet
5.3 Medication administration injections
5.4 Medication administration - inhaled medication, metered dose inhalers and nebulisers (NEW)
5.5 Medication administration - enteral medication
Part 6 Intravenous care
6.1 Venepuncture
6.2 Peripheral Intravenous Cannula - PIVC (NEW)
6.3 Peripheral intravenous canula (PIVC) and therapy (PIVT) management
6.4 Removal peripheral Intravenous canula (PIVC) (NEW)
6.5 Intravenous medication administration - adding medication to PIVC fluid container/bag
6.6 Intravenous medication administration - adding medication to a burette
6.7 Intravenous medication - bolus injection
6.8 CVC and PICC line dressing
6.9 Blood transfusion management
Part 7 Documentation
7.1 Documentation
7.2 Nursing care plans (NEW)
7.3 Clinical handover change of shift
7.4 Admission, discharge and patient transfer
7.5 Health teaching
7.6 Nursing Informatics
Part 8 Specific nursing care
8.1 Oxygen therapy includes use of peak flow meter
8.2 Pre-operative care
8.3 Recovery room care and handover
8.4 Post-operative care
8.5 Gastric drainage (NEW)
8.6 Catheterisation urinary
8.7 Catheter care (including hourly urine measures) (NEW)
8.8 Suctioning of oral cavity
8.9 Tracheostomy care
8.10 CPAP (NEW)
8.11 Nasogastric tube insertion (NEW)
8.12 Enteral feeding - nasogastric tube and gastrosomy tube
8.13 Isolation nursing additional precautions
8.14 Care of the unconscious patient
8.15 Palliative care includes end of life care and last offices
Part 9 Mental health skills
9.1 Mental state assessment
9.2 Establishing a therapeutic relationship in a mental health setting
9.3 Management of a patient with challenging behaviour (aggressive or violent)
9.4 Assist with the management of a patient in seclusion
9.5 Electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) - patient care preand post treatment

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Essential Clinical Skills: Enrolled Nurses

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