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!Essential Clinical Skills: Enrolled Nurses with Student Resource Access 12 Months, Revised 3rd Edition

by: Eugenia Jelly | Gayle Watson | Joanne Tollefson | Karen Tambree | Toni Bishop

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Publisher: Cengage Learning,24.10.16

Category: NURSING Level:

ISBN: 0170395707
ISBN13: 9780170395700

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Essential Clinical Skills, initially written to match the HLT Health Training Package requirements, has now been updated in close alignment with the updates to HLT54115, as well as the Standards for Practice: Enrolled Nurses (2016) as set out by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (ANMB). The Standards for Practice: Enrolled Nurses provide framework for assessing enrolled nurse (EN) practice and it replaces the National Competency Standards for the Enrolled Nurse (2002), from 1 January 2016. The text clearly and succinctly explains each key clinical skill and provides a structured format for students to undertake many of the skills taught in HLT54115. Each skill is mapped to the key units of competency as well as the Indicators in the Standards for Practice: Enrolled Nurses (2016), where relevant. Using this text, students and instructors are able to translate their skills and knowledge into demonstrable competencies that fulfill the required standards.

Table of Contents

Part 1: General care
1.1 Hand hygiene
1.2 Bedmaking
1.3 Assisting the patient to ambulate
1.4 Assisting the patient with eating and drinking
1.5 Assisting the patient to maintain personal hygiene
1.6 Assisting the patient with elimination
1.7 Patient comfort - non-pharmalogical
1.8 Positioning of a dependant patient and pressure area care
1.9 Preventing area care
1.10 Range of motion exercises

Part 2: Documentation
2.1 Documentation
2.2 Clinical handover
2.3 Admissions and discharge
2.4 Health teaching

Part 3: Assessment
3.1 Basic assessment
3.2 Temperature
3.3 Blood pressure measurement
3.4 Pulse oximetry
3.5 Blood glucose measurement
3.6 Mental status assessment
3.7 Neurological observation
3.8 Neurovascular observation
3.9 Pain assessment

12-lead ECG recording

Part 4: Medication
4.1 Medication administration - oral, sublingual, buccal, topical and suppositories
4.2 Medication administration - eye drops or ointment, and eye toilet
4.3 Medication administration - injections

Part 5: Asepsis
5.1 Aseptic technique
5.2 Dry dressing
5.3 Wound irrigation, wound swabs
5.4 Packing a wound
5.5 Suture, clip and staple removal
5.6 Drain removal and shortening

Part 6: Acute care
6.1 Catheterisation (urinary)
6.2 Nasogastric tube insertion and feeding, gastric drainage and gastric tube feeding- includes administration of enteral medication
6.3 Oxygen therapy via nasal cannula or various masks including nebulisers, metered dose inhalers and peak flow meters
6.4 Pre-operative care
6.5 Post-operative care
6.6 Recovery room care and handover
6.7 Suctioning of oral cavity
6.8 Tracheostomy care
6.9 Electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) - patient care pre and post treatment

Part 7: Intravenous care
7.1 Venipuncture
7.2 Intravenous therapy (IVT) - assisting with establishment
7.3 Peripheral Intravenous therapy (PIVT) management
7.4 Intravenous medication administration - adding medication to

PIVC fluid container/bag
7.5 Intravenous medication administration - adding medication to a burette
7.6 Intravenous medication administration - bolus
7.7 Blood transfusion management

Part 8: Specific skills
8.1 Isolation nursing
8.2 Gowning and gloving (open and closed)
8.3 Surgical scrub
8.4 Chest drains/underwater seal drainage management
8.5 Care unconscious patient
8.6 Palliative care and end of life care

Part 9: Mental health skills

  Mental status assessment

  Establishing therapeutic relationships

  Management of a patient with challenging behavior (aggressive or violent)

  Assist with the management of a patient in seclusion

  Electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) - patient care pre and post treatment

Appendix: NMBA Enrolled nurse standards for practice (2016). NEW

About the Authors
Joanne Tollefson

Joanne Tollefson was a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Nursing Sciences at James Cook University. She is a registered nurse with many years of clinical experience in several countries and extensive experience in nursing education at both the hospital and tertiary levels. Research interests include competency-based education and clinical assessment, development of reflective practitioners for a changing work environment, chronic pain and arbovirus disease in the tropics. Joanne is also a two-time recipient of the National Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Carrick Award, 2007 and Australian Teaching and Learning Council Award, 2008).
Gayle Watson

Gayle Watson is a senior teacher in nursing, at Central TAFE, Mt Lawley campus.
Eugenie Jelly

Eugenie Jelly is a teacher in nursing at Central TAFE, Mt Lawley campus.
Karen Tanbree

Karen Tambree is an Assistant Professor, in the School of Population Health, UWA. Karen is teaching in the Masters of Nursing program.


- Expanded content on Palliative care and End of life care skills
- New chapter on Mental Health skills
- New online cases to consolidate learning
- Essential Clinical Skills videos to demonstrate essential skills
- Competency mapping of skills to NMBA Indicators and units of competency in the HLT Health training package

New to Edition

- Updated Essential Skills Competency Checklist at the end of each skill unit with reference to the Indicators in the Standards for Practice: Enrolled Nurses (2016).

- Updated Appendix section where Standards for Practice: Enrolled Nurses (2016) has replaced the National Competency Standards for the Enrolled Nurse (2002).

- Competency Mapping Grid - Now contain mapping for the new HLT54115 as well as the previous HTL51612 (to assist with smoother transition for teach out of the HLT51612).