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A Nurses Survival Guide to the Ward - E-Book

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ISBN: 978-0-7020-5171-5

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A Nurse's Survival Guide to the Ward - E-Book , 3rd Edition

By Sharon L. Edwards, EdD SFHEA NTF MSc PGCEA DipN(Lon) RN and Ann Richards, BA(Hons), MSc DipN(Lon), RGN,RNT

Copyright 2013
$48.95, Online Product, Reference

A title in the A Nurse's Survival Guide Series.

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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.


“There are basics for beginners and expert advice for more experienced practitioners. It is written concisely and releases just the right amount of information, in a simple format. Thought went into the cover too – it has a protective water resistant finish in readiness for being carried around. This is a real gem.”
Nursing Standard. July 23 :: vol 22 no 46 :: 2008

Key Features

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

New to this Edition

  • 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

Table of Contents

SECTION 1 Your job and its organization: Organizing yourself; Emergency situations

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

Glossary; Index

Author Information

By Sharon L. Edwards, EdD SFHEA NTF MSc PGCEA DipN(Lon) RN , Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Allied Health, Buckinghamshire New University, Uxbridge, UK and Ann Richards, BA(Hons), MSc DipN(Lon), RGN,RNT, Associate Lecturer, The Open University, UK

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