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Nursing Student's Clinical Survival Guide
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  • 24-HOUR CLOCK
  • Protecting yourself and the patient
  • Standard precautions
  • Additional precautions
  • Hand hygiene
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Body fluids exposure
  • Moving patients safely
  • Falls prevention
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention
  • Signs of stroke
  • MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION
  • Five rights and more
  • Tips in preventing medication errors
  • Safety tips with oral medications
  • Safety tips with injections
  • Medication administration and student nurses
  • Abbreviations used in medication administration
  • Checks for medications and intravenous fluids at shift changeover
  • Medication orders
  • Metric system and symbols
  • Drug calculations/formulas
  • Drug name endings and related information
  • Drugs and antidotes
  • OXYGEN CONCENTRATION DELIVERY FLUID BALANCE
  • Measurements useful for fluid balance charts
  • Tips with fluid balance charts
  • Classification of urine output
  • Types of IV fluids
  • Drip rates
  • Intravenous site checks
  • Body weight method for calculating daily maintenance fluids
  • VITAL SIGNS
  • Vital signs: Normal ranges
  • Early warning systems
  • QUICK HEAD-TO-TOE ASSESSMENT PAIN ASSESSMENT
  • Common sites of referred pain from various body organs
  • LANDMARKS TO IDENTIFY ABDOMINAL AREAS
  • The nine abdominal regions
  • The four abdominal quadrants
  • BLOOD VALUES
  • NORMAL VALUES IN A URINALYSIS
  • MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT
  • RESUSCITATION
  • Cardiac rhythms
  • Recognition of deterioration
  • CPR
  • Basic life support flow chart
  • Paediatric cardiopulmonary arrest flow chart
  • Adult cardiorespiratory arrest flow chart
  • Choking flow chart
  • WOUND CARE
  • Factors that inhibit healing
  • Wound types
  • Phases of wound healing
  • Wound assessment
  • Pressure injuries
  • Stages of pressure injuries
  • Pressure injury risk assessment tools
  • Pressure injury prevention
  • Wound dressings
  • Some wound-care products
  • Calculation of ankle/brachial pressure index (ABPI)
  • Skin tears
  • NURSING PROCESS DOCUMENTATION
  • Practice guidelines
  • Writing with SOAPIE
  • CLINICAL HANDOVER
  • ISBAR
  • Tips for verbal shift-to-shift handovers for students
  • CHECKLIST TO BE COMPLETED AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH SHIFT
  • USEFUL WEBSITES
  • GENERAL ABBREVIATIONS

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