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The Nursing Associate's Handbook of Clinical Skills. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5185927
  • Book
  • March 2021
  • 342 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The Nursing Associate’s Handbook of Clinical Skills provides evidence-based guidance for those undertaking the newly developed Nursing Associate (NA) role that bridges the gap between the Health Care Assistant (HCA) and the Registered Nurse (RN). Structured around the latest Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Proficiencies, this invaluable handbook helps the prospective Nursing Associates develop the skills and core competencies required to succeed in a broad range of healthcare contexts - covering more than 90 procedures, and communication and relationship management skills. 

This timely resource features contributions from a team of experienced clinicians and academics, addressing clinical procedures on topics including skin integrity, nutrition and hydration, mobility and safety, respiratory care, managing infection, administering medicine, and end of life care. Clear, accessible chapters contain a wealth of effective learning tools, including self-assessment tests, review questions, links to electronic resources, supporting evidence, and more. This must-have textbook: 

  • Helps trainee Nursing Associates to develop and refine their skills, and demonstrate proficiency in offering care and support 
  • Reflects current NMC annexes, providing practical guidance on a diverse range of communication skills, strategies and procedures 
  • Covers the central elements of Nursing Associate care provision, including delivery, monitoring, and reviewing 
  • Includes colour illustrations, photographs, tables, charts, graphs, and algorithms designed to develop skills and demonstrate the links between theory and practice 

Presenting the principles of care essential for meeting the needs of patients in dynamic health and social care environments, The Nursing Associate’s Handbook of Clinical Skills is an indispensable guide for trainee Nursing Associates, as well as for health and social care assistants and those returning to practice. 

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Annexe A

Communication and relationship management skills

1 Theories and models of communication

2 Approaches to effective communication

3 Interpersonal skills and therapeutic relationship skills

4 Working in a team

5 Listening actively

6 Information gathering

7 Escalating concerns

8 Written communication

9 Addressing compliments and complaints

Annexe B

Procedures

Unit 1 Procedures to enable effective monitoring of a person’s condition

10 Vital signs

11 Venepuncture

12 ECG recording

13 Blood glucose assessment

14 Specimen collection

15 Recognising and escalating signs of all forms abuse

16 Recognising and escalating signs of self-harm and/or suicidal ideation

17 Basic mental health first aid

18 Basic first aid

Unit 2 Procedures for provision of person-centred nursing care

19 Pain

20 Promoting comfort in bed

21 Maintaining privacy and dignity

22 Promoting sleep

Unit 3 Provide care and support with hygiene and the maintenance of skin integrity

23 Re-assessment of skin

24 Supporting a person’s skin integrity

25 Reassessment of hygiene status supporting a person’s hygiene needs

26 Providing oral and dental care

27 Providing eye care

28 Providing nail care

29 Monitoring of wounds and providing wound care

Unit 4 Provide support with nutrition and hydration

30 Using nutritional assessment tools

31 Assisting people with feeding and drinking

32 Fluid balance

Unit 5 Provide support with maintaining bladder and bowel health

33 Observing and monitoring urinary and bowel continence 

34 Recognising bladder and bowel patterns

35 Care and management of people with urinary catheters

36 Assisting with toileting and choosing and using appropriate continence products

Unit 6 Provide support with mobility and safety

37 Risk assessment tools associated with mobility and falls

38 Using a range of moving and handling techniques, aids and equipment

Unit 7 Provide support with respiratory care

39 Managing the administration of oxygen

40 Measuring respiratory status

41 Using nasal and oral suctioning techniques

42 Managing inhalation, humidifier and nebulizer devices

Unit 8 Preventing and managing infection

43 Recognising and responding rapidly to potential infection risk

44 Using aseptic non-touch technique

45 Using appropriate Personal Protective Equipment

46 Implementing isolation procedures

47 Using hand hygiene techniques

48 Decontaminating equipment and the environment

49 Safely handling waste, laundry and sharps

Unit 9 Meeting needs for care and support at the end of life

50 Recognising responding to the needs of those at the end of their lives

51 Review of care of those people and their families at the end of their lives

52 Providing care for the deceased

Unit 10 Procedural competencies for administering medicine safely

53 Reviewing a person’s ability to administer their own medicines

54 Undertaking accurate drug calculations

55 Accountability in ensuring the safe administration of medicine

56 Administering medicines

57 Managing the effectiveness of symptom relief medications

58 Recognising and responding to adverse effects of medications

59 Storage, transportation and disposal of medicinal products

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