A Nurse's Survival Guide to the Ward, 3rd Edition

A Nurse's Survival Guide to the Ward

3rd Edition

By Ann Richards, BA(HONS), MSC, RGN, DIPN(LON), RNT, Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing & Paramedic Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK and Sharon L. Edwards, MSc DIPN(LON) PGCEA RGN , Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Society and Health, Buckinghamshire New University, Uxbridge, UK

SECTION 1 Your job and its organization: Organizing yourself; Emergency situations

SECTION 2 Assessing and investigating: Identification of patient problems; Assessment; Observations and measurements; Procedures and investigations; Nursing care issues

SECTION 3 Procedures: General principles and procedures; Infection and its control; Fluid and electrolyte balance; Nutritional support

SECTION 4 A systems approach: The cardiovascular system; The respiratory system; The blood; The gastrointestinal system; The renal system; The nervous system; The endocrine system; Diseases of bones and joints; The immune system; Cancer; Surgery

SECTION 5 Pharmacology; Drugs and the law: Administration of drugs; Nurse prescribing; Pharmacology in practice; Classification of drugs; Poisoning

References; Further reading and useful websites;

Appendix 1 Units of measurement; Appendix 2 Normal values; Appendix 3 Drug measurement and calculations

Glossary; Index