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Basic Nursing Skills
Seventh Edition
by Janice Rider Ellis

Basic Nursing Skills offers detailed instruction on 53 essential skills in a single reader-friendly volume.


  • Flexible, modular format lets you learn at your own pace, and lets you focus on the specific skills needed to care for a particular patient.
  • Front-of-book CD-ROM with Performance Checklists provides a source for easy reference and referral.
  • Learning activities help you undrstand the real-world applications for each skill as you learn.
  • Rationales help you understand the "why" and "how" behind specific skills.
  • Setting-specific information prepares you for any challenge...whether you're caring for patients in the hospital, clients at home or in the clinic, or residents in a long-term care facility.
  • Delegation section explains why and how skills can and cannot be assigned to assistive personnel.
  • Potential Adverse Outcomes and Interventions provide advice and help you manage unexpected outcomes with confidence.
  • Latest Infection Control and Safety measures are highlighted throughout the text with eye-catching icons for easy reference.
  • Full-color design and new art program enlivens the text by presenting essential skills in a colorful, easy-to-understand format.
  • Expanded critical thinking exercises in every module provide more opportunities to test your knowledge and hone your problem-solving skills.


  1. An Approach to Nursing Skills
  2. Documentation
  3. Basic Body Mechanics
  4. Basic Infection Control
  5. Safety in the Healthcare Environment
  6. Moving the Patient in Bed and Positioning
  7. Providing Hygiene
  8. Assisting With Elimination and Perineal Care
  9. Bedmaking and Therapeutic Beds
  10. Assisting Patients With Eating
  11. Assessing Temperature, Pulse, and Respiration
  12. Measuring Blood Pressure
  13. Monitoring Intake and Output
  14. Nursing Physical Assessment
  15. Collecting Specimens and Performing Common Laboratory Tests
  16. Admission, Transfer, and Discharge
  17. Assisting With Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures
  18. Transfer
  19. Ambulation: Simple Assisted and Using Cane, Walker, or Crutches
  20. Implementing Range-of-Motion Exercises
  21. Caring for Patients With Casts and Braces
  22. Caring for the Patient in Traction or With an External Fixation Device
  23. Isolation Procedures
  24. Basic Sterile Technique: Sterile Field and Sterile Gloves
  25. Surgical Asepsis: Scrubbing, Gowning, and Closed Gloving
  26. Administering Enemas
  27. Assisting the Patient Who Requires Urinary Catheterization
  28. Caring for the Patient With an Ostomy
  29. Inserting and Maintaining a Nasogastric Tube
  30. Administering Tube Feedings
  31. Administering Oxygen
  32. Respiratory Care Procedures
  33. Oral and Nasopharyngeal Suctioning
  34. Tracheostomy Care and Suctioning
  35. Caring for Patients with Chest Drainage
  36. Emergency Resuscitation Procedures
  37. Applying Bandages and Binders
  38. Applying Heat and Cold
  39. Administering Ear and Eye Irrigations
  40. Providing Wound Care
  41. Providing Preoperative Care
  42. Providing Postoperative Care
  43. Providing Postmortem Care
  44. Administering Oral Medications
  45. Administering Medications by Alternative Routes
  46. Administering Medications by Injections
  47. Preparing and Maintaining Intravenous Infusions
  48. Administering Intravenous Medications
  49. Caring for Patients With Central Venous Catheters
  50. Initiating Intravenous Therapy
  51. Administering Parenteral Nutrition
  52. Administering Blood and Blood Components
  53. Administering Epidural Medications


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