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Children & Young People's Nursing Skills at a Glance

ISBN: 978-1-119-07853-1
152 pages
February 2018, Wiley-Blackwell
Children & Young People


Children and Young People’s Nursing Skills at a Glance is the perfect companion for study and revision for pre-registration children’s nursing students. Highly visual, each clinical skill is covered in a two-page spread, with superb colour illustrations accompanied by clear informative text.

Providing up to date, evidence-based information on a wide range of clinical skills that are required by today’s children’s nurses, this comprehensive and accessible text makes it easy for the reader to grasp the fundamentals in order to meet the care needs of the child and family, both in the hospital and community setting.  Structured around the key systems of the body, the book is divided into sixteen sections, and covers all the essential clinical skills, including:

  • Principles of assessment
  • Communication
  • Record keeping
  • Drug calculations and administration
  • Safeguarding
  • Care planning
  • Respiratory and cardiac care
  • Gastrointestinal care
  • ECG reading and interpretation
  • Neurological assessment
  • Musculoskeletal care.

Aimed at both student nurses and those newly qualified, Children and Young People’s Nursing Skills at a Glance provides need to know, rapid information to ensure safe and effective clinical practice.

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Table of Contents

Contributors, xx

Preface, xx

Part 1  Assessing children-principles

1 Initial assessment- Subjective

2 History Taking

3 Principles of Systematic Assessment

4 Communication

5 Developmental considerations

6 Informed Consent

7 Safeguarding

8 Family centred care

9 Record keeping

10 Planning Care

Part 2 Assessment of the child-Objective data

11 Airway and breathing

12 Circulatory Assessment

13 Measuring blood pressure

14 Assessment of pain

15 Moving and Handling

16 Measuring temperature

17 Weight, BMI, Height/length & head circumference

18 Blood Glucose Monitoring

19 Peak Expiratory Flow

20 Skin integrity

21 Pulse Oximetry

Part 3 Drug administration

22 Principles of drug administration

23 Drug calculations

24 Administration of medication

25 Inhaled drug administration

26 Intranasal diamorphine

27 Intravenous fluid administration

Part 4 Respiratory

28 Spirometry

29 Peak Expiratory Flow

30 Arterial Blood gas sampling

31 Oxygen administration

32 Suctioning

33 Tracheostomy Care

34 Non-invasive Ventilation

35 Underwater seal drain

Part 5 Gastrointestinal

36 Infant feeding

37 Breastfeeding

38 Formula feeding

39 Insertion of naso gastric and naso jejunal tube

40 Nasogastric tube feeding

41 Gastrostomy feeding

Part 6 Renal

42 Urine Collection

43 Catheter Insertion

44 Catheter Care

Part 7 Neurological

45 Neurological Assessment in Children

46 Preparation for Lumbar  Puncture

Part 8 Musculoskeletal

47 Neurovascular assessment

48 Care of a cast

49 Skin traction

Part 9 Skin

50 Steristrip application

51 Wet Wrapping

Part 10 Cardiac

52 12 Lead Electrocardiography

53 3 Lead Electrocardiography

Part 11 Pre and post operative care

54 Pre-operative care and transfer to theatre

55 Post-operative Recovery

Part 12 Emergency Care

56 Basic Life Support

57 Airway obstruction

58 Advanced resuscitation of the infant and child

59 Transfer of the Critically Ill Child

Part 13 Newborn

60 Phototherapy

61 Care of the Umbilicus

Part 14 Infection Control

62 Hand Washing

63 Aseptic Non Touch Technique

Part 15 Haematology

64 Obtaining blood samples

65 Transfusion of Blood and blood components

66 Cannulation

Part 16 End of Life Care

67 Care of the dying child

68 Care after death


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Author Information

Elizabeth Gormley-Fleming is Head of Department for Nursing (Children’s, Learning Disability and Mental Health) and Social Work, School of Health and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK.

Deborah Martin is Senior Lecturer Children’s Nursing, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK.

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