Even after years of training and hard work, finding yourself on the threshold of your nursing career is often a daunting prospect. In this revised and updated second edition, Jackie Hole provides clear, practical advice on both managing the transition from student to qualified nurse - including getting the most from your final placement and making applications - and practical advice on key areas encountered in the first weeks and months after qualification. Drug safety, dealing with common clinical problems, and how and when to seek expert advice are all covered, while a newly written chapter addresses the key area of infection control. Management aspects such as delegation, objective setting, budgeting, prioritisation of care and time management are outlined clearly and engagingly, along with questions of professional development and career futures. This book will be invaluable to newly-qualified nurses, as well as to student nurses, nurse tutors, and experienced nurses wishing to gain an insight into their own practice and changes in the profession.
This book has been prepared by professionals working in the UK. It is not a primer on clinical skills but an indispensable handbook and resource for the new nurses who are about to embark on their first job and need to develop nursing judgment and the ability to organise and deliver care. It is about learning how to think like a nurse - developing the judgment and behaviour that is essential in competent practice. With an immensely readable style this book uses a friendly, conversational manner, with realistic hints, tips, and examples from real life, to encourage nurses in the early days of their careers. Issues such as assertiveness, delegation, CVs and interviews, leadership, developing “nursing intuition , are covered as well as discussion about evidence based and reflective practice, direct entry into the community, and developing confidence in practice. This book will help nurses and students develop into competent and confident practitioners. • Written for newly qualified nurses by a nurse, therefore authentic • Case studies and quotes from nurses show readers that their thoughts and feelings are shared by others - this validation will reduce stress and uncertainty and give credibility • Humour and cartoons will make the text readable and fun to use • Hints, tips and practical advice will encourage the anxious graduate • Attractive 2-colour design will make the text more easily accessible
Your transition from nursing student to practicing nurse begins here! Packed with real-life examples and indispensable advice from novice nurses and staff development experts, New Nurse’s Survival Guide is the single best book available on how to get the job you want and become the nurse you aspire to be after you graduate from nursing school. You’ll learn exactly what you must know and do in order to stand out from all the other new graduates and make yourself irresistible to employers -- in even the most challenging job market. And you’ll find out what it really takes to thrive, not just survive, during your first year on the job. Land a great job in any economy by learning: What you can do to gain on-the-job experience while you are still in school How to prepare for your job search, interview, and orientation What hospitals are looking for and what you need to bring to the table How you can demonstrate that you are a nurse that takes the initiative How to demonstrate leadership to potential employers
This highly practical text aims to provide the newly qualified dental nurse with with a basic guide to dental nursing issues. The Dental Nurse Survival Guide adopts the same Q&A format that has proven so successful with the best selling Staff Nurse Survival Guide. Each guide is a collection of all the common situations that a newly qualified practitioner might face. The aim is to produce an answer for each question that could be read in 5 minutes - a pocket-sized handbook containing ideas, principles and guidelines for a number of common and sometimes unexpected situations encountered in the first year of practice. Written by experienced author who wrote The Dental Nurses' Guide to Infection Control and Decontamination.
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
Practical and convenient, the thoroughly updated third edition of The Pediatric Nurse's Survival Guide is the perfect clinical reference! This handy resource offers quick answers to your pediatric nursing questions concerning assessment, clinical values and standards, and the most common conditions and diseases seen in the pediatric population. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Nurses are already nurse managers. They must manage patient caseloads and care plans as well as supervise aides, technicians, and other care providers. But moving from this type of organic management to a defined nurse manager role is not a natural progression. Nurse managers must command a vast, diverse, and robust skill set, and those skills must first be defined, explained, and operationalized for success. In an environment that offers new managers little support, where do they turn? The Nurse Manager’s Survival Guide (4th Ed.) provides an overview of a nurse manager’s major roles and responsibilities—all the fundamentals needed for success in one easy-to-use, consolidated, practical reference. From tips on building the right team to budgeting basics, time-management tools, and advice on taking care of one’s self (and their team), author Tina Marrelli supplies the resources nurse managers need to excel in day-to-day operations.
This unique resource is an ideal career-planning guide for advanced practice students, recent graduates, and practicing nurse practitioners who want to expand their careers. It's filled with helpful guidelines and proven strategies for success in every aspect of NP practice, including certification and licensure, finding and negotiating a practice opportunity, and developing community and professional partnerships. Guidelines for completing the necessary requirements for certification and licensure Tips for finding and negotiating a practice opportunity Strategies for using available technology and tools, such as the internet and PDAs, to create a successful clinical practice environment Ideas for developing a community partnership by creating successful professional and clinical contacts in the community Practical advice on how best to market oneself and interview with potential employers Key information on establishing systems in practice, using tools to enhance clinical judgment, and other important responsibilities related to clinical practice A wealth of real-world examples, including resumes, collaborative agreements, contracts, business plans, billing and coding, and productivity flowcharts, provide essential resources for a successful practice
The book gives guidance and practical advice about working in the community and the specialist role of school nursing. It includes contributions from newly qualified school nurses to provide reflections on their experiences, challenges and successes.
With long hours, huge responsibilities, and average pay, nursing is often as challenging as it is rewarding. By teaching new nurses what to expect, how to get what they want, and how to succeed in today's medical environment, this book is the one-dose treatment to prevent burnout. Written in an easy-to-read, direct, and honest way, this helpful handbook will teach new nurses what they didn't learn in nursing school. Veteran R.N. Kathy Quan offers readers information on how to: balance a hectic new schedule (for work, sleep, and life) deal with doctors avoid illness themselves continue education while working cope with death of patients (the first time, and after) and more With this book, nurses get real-life advice on how to cope, perform, and excel in their field--one shift at a time!
Understanding how drugs work is made simple in this easy to use pocket-sized guide. Drugs in common use are described under each body system and will form an aid to your confident administration of drugs to fit your patients' needs. The Nursing & Health Survival Guides have evolved - take a look at our our app for iPhone and iPad.
Consisting of over 80 questions and answers from 19 different specialists, the Staff Nurse Survival Guide contains ideas, principles and guidelines for a number of common and sometimes unexpected situations that newly qualified nurses are likely to encounter. Designed to be a quick reference for everyday use, this book provides readers with key information to tackle daily tasks at work with confidence. Covers topics such as: dealing with complaints, mental health, clinical supervision, aggression, bereavement, central venous pressure monitoring, mentoring a student and much more. The questions are divided into five chapters: dealing with the unexpected, clinical nursing skills, dealing with bereavement and palliative care, principles of medication and the role of the staff nurse.
"Fast Facts for the School Nurse is a comprehensive guide to school nursing. It compiles any and all information a new school nurse could possibly need, all in one easy and accessible place. This guide is, as promised, a way to quickly glean needed information about confusing and unexpected situations that may arise in the course of duty as a school nurse."--Advance for Nurses "Fast Facts for the School Nurse is a virtual compendium of situations that school nurses encounter in their practice. It will direct school nurses to the answers for many questions and to wiser counsel when a dilemma seems unsolvable. It is a reference for school nurses authored by a school nurse of publically acclaimed distinction who brings a lifetime of experience to these pages." Lucille A. Joel, RN, EdD, FAAN Rutgers, College of Nursing This concise handbook provides quick access to all of the information that new and more experienced school nurses need to perform their duties competently and efficiently. Organized for ease of use, it offers guidelines for the range of daily tasks, nursing responsibilities, and clinical protocols needed for safe management of common childhood illnesses, accidents, and emergencies. The book covers legal and ethical issues, documentation requirements, guidelines for managing acute and chronic conditions, behavior problems, gender issues, disaster planning, infectious disease control, delivery of culturally appropriate care, drug abuse, and teen parenting. A key asset for the busy school nurse is the prioritization of tasks and responsibilities. This handy reference is designed for new nurses entering the field or transitioning from a hospital setting, as well as experienced school nurses. Key Features: Presents guidelines and management protocols for commonly occurring childhood disorders, accidents, and emergency situations Prioritizes tasks and responsibilities Alerts the school nurse to high risk legal issues and includes requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act Includes a "Special Health Issues" section focusing on today's most prevalent health situations
"The book is clearly written and concise and uses sidebars to highlight core concepts." Score: 90, 4 stars --Doody's Because ER nurses need to think fast and act fast... Fast Facts for the ER Nurse is an orientation guide and reference, designed specifically for new ER nurses and the preceptors responsible for their orientation. The chapters provide a brief overview of equipment, treatments, and drugs used to manage common disorders and conditions frequently seen in the ER. Critical information presented in each chapter includes disorder definitions, signs and symptoms, interventions, and critical thinking questions. With this guide, nurses can get the information they need fast in bullet-point lists. Each chapter is conveniently organized alphabetically by disease and disorder for quick access. The book serves as an organized, reliable, and thorough ER guide, ensuring a structured approach to orientation. All new ER nurses and their preceptors will find this book to be a reference they cannot do without. Key topics covered include: Cardiovascular Emergencies Disaster Response Emergencies Infectious Disease Emergencies Mental Health Emergencies Shock and Multisystem Trauma Emergencies Substance Abuse and Toxicologic Emergencies And many more!
Perfect for practice placement, this handy Survival Guide gives you the clinical information you need at your fingertips. Pocket-sized guide to midwifery High-level summary of the clinical content needed for practice Concise, bullet-point style for quick reference Section on anatomy Great revision aid! • Pocket-sized guide to midwifery • High-level summary of the clinical content needed for practice • Bullet-pointed for quick reference • Section on anatomy • Great revision aid! Perinatal Mental Health chapter updated from confidential enquiries into maternal deaths; findings and recommendations applied to practise New appendix on ‘An aid to calculations in midwifery practice’ helps students to calculate correct doses of medicines and intravenous infusions Illustrations improved to enhance clarity of understanding More-compact size makes it easier to carry around.
This light-hearted, fun, fresh, and easy-to-read guide for nursing students by nursing students is full of practical information to help them cope with—and get the most out of—nursing school. - Strategies to deal with the competitive nursing school admission process, including alternative ways to get an RN degree. - Discussions of the nursing shortage and its impact on students' career choices and workplace environments. - How to compare job offers, evaluate sign-on bonuses, and make wise decisions after graduation.
Jog your memory and be confident in your ability to adapt in the fast-paced OR environment! Refresh your knowledge of the essentials of aseptic technique, surgical conscience, anatomy, basic set-up, instruments, and sutures. Be ready for challenging situations with tips for communicating effectively in the OR. Anticipate need and attune your critical thinking to be able to set up your back table and mayo stand quickly and efficiently, count effectively, and communicate well with your team. Consult it to organize your case so you can start and end it with confidence.
Newly qualified nurses can find their first year of practice a daunting experience. This book is specifically written to support new nurses through the demands of their preceptorship year. Each chapter provides friendly and practical support on the main areas of development needed for new nurses to become confident practitioners. The book is also designed for use on formal preceptorship programmes and covers each of the areas for professional development outlined in the Department of Health's new Preceptorship Framework (2010). Packed with activities, case studies and down-to-earth advice, this book provides essential support for the newly registered nurse.
This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. It is an essential pocket guide for nurses coping with patients with acute medical conditions. It focuses on events within the first critical twenty-four hours of admission and provides an up-to-date, evidence-based guide to the management of these patients. The most common emergency medical conditions are described and explained in terms of the underlying disease mechanisms. The book also describes the assessment, observations and management in relation to disease processes and in line with the latest guidelines and protocols. Nursing care is related to the underlying disease.
Part of the popular Saunders Nursing Survival Guide series, this book prepares you to manage the most common health care problems you'll see in critical care, trauma, or emergency settings. Each chapter is organized from the most immediate and life-threatening conditions to less emergent critical care conditions. Its lighthearted, cartoon-filled approach simplifies difficult concepts, covering each body system in terms of current practice standards. Consistent headings break content into four succinct areas of review: What (subject) IS, What You NEED TO KNOW, What You DO, and Do You UNDERSTAND? Clinical terms and shorthand expressions are highlighted, exposing you to terminology used in the hospital setting. A color insert illustrates concepts and principles of critical care and emergency nursing, including various complications Mnemonic devices aid your memory and interactive activities help you learn, with exercises including fill in the blank, matching, word jumbles, true/false, and crossword puzzles. Special icons help you focus on vital information: Take Home Points help you prepare for clinical rotations. Caution notes alert you to dangerous conditions and how to avoid them. Lifespan notes point out age-related variations in signs and symptoms, nursing interventions, and patient teaching. Culture notes cite possible variations related to a patient's cultural background. Web links direct you to Internet resources for additional research and study. What You WILL LEARN learning objectives help you identify quickly the content covered and goals for each chapter. NCLEX"¥ examination-style review questions at the end of each chapter allow you to test your understanding of content and practice for the Boards. Cartoon characters with brief captions help to better explain difficult concepts. Margin notes are streamlined for ease of use and effectiveness. Content updates reflect current practice and emergent situations, including increased focus on disaster preparedness, code management, updated ACLS guidelines, and hypertension.

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