Clinical Skills for Nurses by Claire Boyd

By Claire Boyd

Specifically designed for scholar nurses, Clinical abilities for Nurses offers a convenient, moveable creation to either the information and functional systems that first 12 months nursing scholars require. providing you with the information at the back of the ability, this e-book will enhance your self belief and competence to your medical placements and time within the scientific talents lab.


Clinical talents for Nurses covers the talents and techniques used most often in medical perform, and contains element of Care education; blood transfusion and tracheotomy care; continence and bowel care; and early sufferer evaluate and reaction. This ebook uniquely accommodates phrases of knowledge and suggestion from real-life scholar nurses; in different phrases: constructed through scholars, for students!

Special features:

  • Tips, recommendation and phrases of knowledge from real-life scholars integrated throughout
  • Pocket sized for portability in your medical placement
  • Clear, basic, and jargon-free
  • Ties in with the NMC criteria for pre-registration schooling and the fundamental talents Clusters
  • Examples and questions in accordance with genuine existence nursing & healthcare examples

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3 shows a standard-length and a female-length catheter. 3 Standard-length (40–44 cm) and female-length (23–26 cm) catheters. Note that in many care settings only standard-length catheters are now used. 32 MALE URETHRAL CATHETERISATION into a male and the damage this could cause when the balloon is inflated in the urethra rather than the bladder. The NPSA reported that in one 12 month period there were 114 incidents where female catheters were inserted into male patients. All experienced severe pain, some degree of haematuria, penile swelling or retention.

Sometimes a patient may ask for ‘a sprinkling’ of talcum powder. This can cause infection as the talc may transgress into the bladder, up along the tubing, and the patient should therefore be dissuaded. However, if a patient has mental capacity and you have informed them of the rationale for its non-use, and they still wish to have some, then you will need to document this fact.

Changing drainage bag. Single use non-drainable night bag may be used at night. if appropriate Encourage good fluid intake. g. blood Self management of hygiene & emptying Following education and help if appropriate. After removal of catheter Ensure patient is within easy reach of a toilet or voiding receptacle. Monitor intake and output, ensure patient is comfortable and feels that the bladder is empty after voiding. Record episodes of incontinence. For further information refer to: Policy for Adult Urethral Catheterisation and Supra-pubic Re-catheterisation Policy CP 1e SES.

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