A Nurse's Survival Guide to the Ward

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Elsevier Health Sciences, 2008 - Medical - 465 pages
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The new edition of this highly popular book is an indispensable guide to daily procedures and problems for nurses starting work on the ward or returning to practice. It provides guidance in a variety of areas including: 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; and 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.

This book will help you with

  • Organising your job and yourself
  • Assessing patients
  • Getting clinical information on a wide range of conditions
  • Important principles, procedures and investigations
  • Administering drugs safely
  • What to do in an emergency
  • Communication, legal health and safety issues


  • A new section on professional practice relates current issues to nursing practice
  • Updated drug section provides essential understanding of common drug classes
  • New resuscitation guidelines
  

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Contents

11 Organizing yourself
2
12 Emergency situations
22
Assessing and investigating
43
21 Identification of patient problems
44
22 Assessment
52
23 Observations and measurements
70
24 Procedures and investigations
84
25 Nursing care issues
115
47 The endocrine system
308
48 Diseases of the bones and joints
329
49 The immune system
346
410 Cancer
355
411 Surgery
370
Pharmacology
371
51 Drugs and the law
372
52 Administration of drugs
373

Procedures
141
31 General principles and procedures
142
32 Infection and its control
153
33 Fluid and electrolyte balance
163
34 Nutritional support
176
A systems approach
187
41 The cardiovascular system
188
42 The respiratory system
214
43 The blood
229
44 The gastrointestinal system
246
45 The renal system
277
46 The nervous system
288
53 Nurse prescribing
374
55 Classification of drugs
380
56 Poisoning
390
References
395
Further reading
399
Units of measurement
403
Normal values
409
Drug measurement and calculations
413
Glossary
417
Index
423
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About the author (2008)

Ann Richards was governor of Texas from 1990 to 1994, and has been active in politics for over half a century. In 1988 she gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. She divides her time between Texas and New York City.

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