Fast Facts for the Medical- Surgical Nurse : Clinical Orientation in a Nutshell.

Ciocco, Maggie, MS, RN, BC.
New York : Springer Publishing Company, 2014.
1 online resource (186 pages)
1st ed.
Fast Facts
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Operating room nursing.
Surgical nursing.
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Written for registered nurses in orientation, this concise, user-friendly resource provides a complete picture of all components of excellent patient care on a busy medical-surgical nursing unit. It covers assessment, key clinical skills/procedures, and documentation of care in an easily digestible, bulleted format. Time-tested guidance about new nurse orientation to professional practice includes "proven pearls for success." Content is current and evidence-based, and reinforces previously mastered skills in "key points to remember" sections. The theme of "the big picture" of patient care is a consistent thread throughout. Clinical chapters-organized by body system for easy reference--present common conditions seen in medical-surgical nursing and unit emergencies, along with focused assessments, lab work overview, related procedures and skills, a documentation guide, and common medications including those for pain management. Chapters also cover pre-operative and post-operative care for all conditions. Several "must-have sections" include an orientation guide describing what new nurses can expect as they embrace their new role. This section addresses co-workers and supervisors, finding a mentor, hourly rounding, HIPAA reminders, and telephone skills/customer relations. Another section is devoted to all aspects of infection control, and an appendix provides a wealth of resources and supporting information of particular value to the new nurse. Key Features:.: Provides concise, user-friendly, evidence-based guidance about the "whole picture" of nursing on a medical-surgical or sub-acute unit; Presents a unique orientation section offering "proven pearls for success"; Contains focused assessment guides, skills overview, documentation tips, and medications for common medical-surgical conditions and emergencies; Addresses pre- and post-operative care
and pain control; Covers important protocols regarding infection control.
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Part I: Overview of the Medical-Surgical Nursing Orientation
1. Orientation: Welcome to Your New Role as a Medical-Surgical Nurse
"A Good Nurse Knows What She Does Not Know"
Medical-Surgical Nursing
Orientation Tips
A Preceptor Checklist
Finding a Mentor
Taking Responsibility for Your Orientation
2. Patient Safety: From Preventing Adverse Drug Events to Infection Control
The Partnership for Patients
ADEs and How to Prevent Them
The Rights of Medication Administration
Medication Reconciliation
High-Alert Medications
Unit Safety
Infection Control
3. Nursing Assessment Basics: Focused Assessment and the PQRST System
Initial Assessment
A Focused Assessment
The PQRST System
Assessment Tips for the Beginning of Your Shift
Communication Among Health Care Professionals
Phone Skills
Part II: Common Medical-Surgical Conditions and Emergencies
4. Neurological Deficits in the Medical-Surgical Patient: Altered Mental Status Can Occur in Any Patient
Neurological Assessment Background
A Focused Neurological Assessment
Common Neurological Disorders Seen on the Medical-Surgical Unit
5. Assessment Skills to Differentiate Signs and Symptoms of a Cardiac Event From Other Possible Conditions
Cardiac Assessment Background
A Focused Cardiac Assessment
Common Cardiovascular Disorders Seen on the Medical-Surgical Unit
6. Common Respiratory Conditions and Emergencies
Respiratory Assessment Background
A Focused Respiratory Assessment
Common Respiratory Disorders Seen on the Medical-Surgical Unit
Methods of Oxygen Delivery
7. The Treatment of Common Gastrointestinal Conditions
Gastrointestinal Assessment Background.
A Focused Gastrointestinal Assessment
Common Gastrointestinal Conditions Seen on the Medical-Surgical Unit
NGT User Hints
Care of Patients with NGTs
8. Promoting Safety and Preventing Infection in Patients With Genitourinary Alterations
Genitourinary Assessment Background
A Focused Genitourinary Assessment
Risk Factors for Genitourinary Disorders
Common Genitourinary Disorders Seen on the Medical-Surgical Unit
Prevention of Catheter-Associated UTI
9. Promoting Healing, Preventing Altered Skin Integrity, and Preventing Wound Infection
Integumentary Assessment Background
A Focused Integumentary Assessment
Common Integumentary Disorders Seen on the Medical-Surgical Unit
10. Prevention and Treatment of Hip Fracture Along With Orthopedic Surgery Postoperative Care Tips
Musculoskeletal Assessment Background
A Focused Musculoskeletal Assessment
Common Musculoskeletal Conditions Seen on the Medical-Surgical Unit
11. Commonly Seen Endocrine Disorders and Care Tips
Endocrine System Assessment Background
A Focused Endocrine System Assessment
Common Endocrine System Conditions Seen on the Medical-Surgical Unit
Part III: Must-Have Resources for the Medical-Surgical Nurse
12. Medical-Surgical Resources to Assist You in Your New Role
Enteral Feeding Calculation
Intravenous Calculations
Fall Prevention
Measurement of Edema
Vital Signs
Syringe Size Selection
The Z-Track Method of Intramuscular Injections
Reducing Use of Restraints
Intravenous Solutions
Pain Scales
Transmission-Based Precautions
Intake and Output-A Lost "Art"
How to Calculate True Urine
Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections
Weighing Patients
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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