How to organise your job and yourself
How to assess patients
Clinical information on a wide range of conditions
Important principles, procedures and investigations
How to administer drugs safely
What to do in an emergency
As well as information on how to do the job, the importance of communication and nursing care issues is emphasised. Background information is also given on underlying legal, health and safety issues.
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
Edwards, Sharon L. Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Society and Health, Buckinghamshire New University, Uxbridge, UK.