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Essential Nursing Skills, 4th Edition

Clinical skills for caring
Authors :
Maggie Nicol & Carol Bavin & Patricia Cronin & Karen Rawlings-Anderson & Elaine Cole & Janet Hunter

As a nursing student you learn lots of nursing theory and research – but how do you translate this into practice and apply it to the skills you need? Where do you start? What steps should be carried out and in what order? What should you do afte ...view more

As a nursing student you learn lots of nursing theory and research – but how do you translate this into practice and apply it to the skills you need? Where do you start? What steps should be carried out and in what order? What should you do afterwards?

Essential Nursing Skills answers these questions for over 130 clinical skills. Each one is explained from start to finish, using a step-by-step approach, with clear illustrations and colour photographs to enhance understanding.

Small enough to carry with you and specifically designed and written to aid learning, this book is invaluable for nurses across all fields.

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As a nursing student you learn lots of nursing theory and research – but how do you translate this into practice and apply it to the skills you need? Where do you start? What steps should be carried out and in what order? What should you do afterwards?

Essential Nursing Skills answers these questions for over 130 clinical skills. Each one is explained from start to finish, using a step-by-step approach, with clear illustrations and colour photographs to enhance understanding.

Small enough to carry with you and specifically designed and written to aid learning, this book is invaluable for nurses across all fields.


New to this edition
  • Full-colour photographs illustrate many of the procedures
  • Full colour is used throughout to help navigate procedures
  • Section listing normal values of commonly used blood tests
  • Skills to assess deteriorating patients and care for patients undergoing surgery
  • Reflects changes in nursing and professional national guidelines

Key Features
  • Attractive design – easy to use
  • Skills explained step by step
  • Comprehensive list of skills covers all that students will encounter in practice
  • Points for Practice sections encourage readers to reflect and learn
  • Further reading and references point to the evidence and knowledge base for each skill

Author Information
By Maggie Nicol, BSc(Hons) MSc PGDipEd RGN, Director, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, School of Community & Health Sciences, City University, London, UK ; Carol Bavin, RGN, RM, Dipn(Lond), RCNT, Lecturer, St Bartholomew School of Nursing & Midwifery, City University, London, UK; Patricia Cronin, RGN, BSc(Hons), MSc(Nursing), DipN(Lond), Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; Karen Rawlings-Anderson, RGN, BA(Hons), MSc(Nursing), DipNEd, Senior Lecturer, St Bartholomew School of Nursing & Midwifery, City University, London, UK; Elaine Cole, BSc, MSc, PgDipEd, RGN, Senior Lecturer Emergency and Trauma Care, City University, London, UK and Janet Hunter