Covering all the essential components of healthcare assistant and assistant practitioner roles, Essential Knowledge and Skills for Healthcare Assistants is a practical and comprehensive text designed to equip you with the necessary clinical skills for your profession. This book: Equips you with the knowledge to provide the safest and most effective patient care possible Provides evidence-based guidelines to ensure best practice that is matched to the National Occupational Standards Supplies comprehensive coverage of both primary and secondary care settings with an emphasis on the role in primary care Includes information on accountability, communication skills, confidentiality and reflection Uses a light-hearted and accessible style, with definitions, case studies and activities to aid understanding Includes a Foreword written by Tanis Hand, HCA adviser at the Royal College of Nursing This is an indispensable guide for all those training as healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners, as well as a useful reference for students embarking on a degree in nursing or health and social care.
Clinical Skills for Healthcare Assistants is an accessible, easy to read guide, outlining the fundamental and core skills integral to clinical practice. Divided into three sections, the first looks at fundamental skills applicable to all staff, such as accountability, communication and record keeping. Section two explores core clinical skills for example respiratory care, pulse, blood glucose management, catheter care, and fluid balance. Section three outlines complex clinical skills that require more in-depth training and may be restricted to specialist areas of practice, such as medication, and intravenous cannulation. Each chapter follows the same easy to use structure, starting with the aims and objectives of the chapter, followed by the explanation of why the skill is performed, relevant anatomy and physiology, related aspects and terminology, how to perform the skill and common problems. Aimed primarily at healthcare assistants, this will also be a useful resource for newly qualified practitioners and students in health and social care.
This fully updated and revised edition of Essential Knowledge and Skills for Healthcare Assistants and Assistant Practitioners is a practical and comprehensive text designed to equip you with the necessary clinical skills for your profession. This book: - Equips you with the knowledge to provide the safest and most effective patient care possible; - Provides evidence-based guidelines to ensure best practice that is matched to the National Occupational Standards and the Care Certificate Standards; - Includes new chapters on administering injections, ear irrigation and examining the feet of people with diabetes and an entirely rewritten chapter on protocols; - Addresses the evolving role of the healthcare assistant and training opportunities; - Supplies comprehensive coverage of both primary and secondary care settings with an emphasis on the role in primary care; - Covers accountability, communication skills, confidentiality and reflection; - Uses a light-hearted and accessible style, with definitions, case studies and activities to aid understanding. This is an indispensable guide for all those training as healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners, and an introductory textbook for students embarking on a nursing and health and social care programmes.
Written specifically for students who are undertaking a foundation degree or higher level apprenticeship in healthcare practice, or for those studying for the new nurse associate role, this book provides readers with the core knowledge and skills, giving them a springboard to further study. Key features include: a one-stop shop for the course including a broad range of topics such as study skills, professional development, infection control and health promotion, health sciences, mental health, learning disabilities, children and families, clinical case studies throughout to show how theory relates to real-life practice different levels of activity to help students ‘step up learning’ whether they are at level 4 or 5 Written by a wide range of authors with both experience in practice and in running degrees in nursing and health, the book is essential reading for all healthcare support workers, assistant practitioners and nurse associates.
Fast access to concise, targeted information on all essential aspects of clinical skills in nursing Written by experienced nurses and packed full of up-to-the minute guidance and information An indispensable companion for practising and student nurses in a variety of care settings Patient centred, evidence-based and in line with the latest guidelines Includes practice tips and pitfalls to aid patient careIncreasingly nurses are developing and extending their clinical skills into areas that were once considered only for doctors. With the rise of post-registration clinical skills courses, advanced practitioners, and the new medical assistant roles, it is anticipated that future professional practice will involve more emphasis on clinical skills for nurses.The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Skills in Adult Nursing provides a practical, easily accessible, concise and evidence-based guide to all the essential elements of clinical skills for nursing practice in one portable format. The first section deals with the principles underlying patient assessment, and professional issues relating to clinical skills in order to help practitioners perform procedures safely and competently. This is followed by chapters on generic skills such as communication, hygiene and comfort, infection control, intravenous access, and care of the theatre patient. There are separate sections on drug administration and emergency and high dependency care. The book then takes a systems-based approach to the care of patients covering the key concepts which underpin all good nursing practice, including the social and psychological aspects of nursing. Information is included on how to relate the principles of clinical skills to different groups such as the elderly and the mentally ill, which will have relevance to practitioners whether in a hospital or community setting.A unique and comprehensive guide to clinical skills in nursing, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Skills in Adult Nursing will help nurses and other health care workers to perform clinical skills safely and competently. Readership: Nursing students in pre-registration diploma, degree and masters level degree programmes; registered nurses at staff nurse, advanced and specialist level and charge nurse/sister level; registered nurses undertaking post-registration education programmes.
This book constitutes an excellent source of information for gaining a better understanding of information technologies in healthcare; for reviewing how healthcare will change as a consequence; and how to manage these changes in order to realise eHealth's full potential in creating value for patients, professionals and the system as a whole.
Covering the skills needed for pharmaceutical care in a patient-centered pharmacy setting, Clinical Skills for Pharmacists: A Patient-Focused Approach, 3rd Edition describes fundamental skills such as communication, physical assessment, and laboratory and diagnostic information, as well as patient case presentation, therapeutic planning, and monitoring of drug intake. Numerous case examples show how skills are applied in clinical situations. Now in full color, this edition adds more illustrations and new coverage on taking a medication history, physical assessment, biomarkers, and drug information. Expert author Karen J. Tietze provides unique, pharmacy-specific coverage that helps you prepare for the NAPLEX and feel confident during patient encounters. Coverage of clinical skills prepares you to be more involved with patients and for greater physical assessment and counselling responsibilities, with discussions of communication, taking a medical history, physical assessment, reviewing lab and diagnostic tests, and monitoring drug therapies. A logical organization promotes skill building, with the development of each new skill building upon prior skills. Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter highlight important topics. Self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter help in measuring your comprehension of learning objectives. Professional codes of ethics are described in the Ethics in Pharmacy and Health Care chapter, including confidentiality, HIPAA, research ethics, ethics and the promotion of drugs, and the use of advance directives in end-of-life decisions. Numerous tables summarize key and routinely needed information. Downloadable, customizable forms on the companion Evolve website make it easier to perform tasks such as monitoring drug intake and for power of attorney.
Accurate clinical observations are the key to good patient care and fundamental to nursing practice. Vital Signs for Nurses will support anyone in care delivery to enhance their skills, reflect upon their own practice and assist in their continuing professional development. This practical introductory text explores how to make assessments of heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, pain and nutrition. It also looks at issues of infection control, record-keeping and legal and ethical considerations. With case studies and examples throughout, this text will be invaluable to all healthcare assistants, student nurses, Trainee Assistant Practitioners and students on foundation degrees.