Clinical Pocket Guide for the Rn

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 2018-08-01
  • Publisher: Pearson
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This is a pocket-sized, spiral-bound, full-color reference to the information new RNs and nursing students are most likely to need while providing clinical care. Reflecting extensive new input from nurse educators and nursing students, CLINICAL POCKET GUIDE FOR THE RN thoroughly integrates the latest QSEN and National Patient Safety Goals, helping students and nurses deliver safer patient care. Easy-reference tabs give readers fast access to reliable information about emergency care, medication, complete assessment (adult, pediatric, geriatric, and maternal-newborn), culture, psychosocial issues, and procedures. Emphasizing patient-centered care throughout, this text covers everything from accurate dosage calculation to the safe use of complementary or alternative care.

Table of Contents

I. Assessment

Vital Signs Across the Lifespan

Capillary Refill Time

Pulse Assessment

Pulse Points

Edema Scale

Factors Affecting Vital Signs

Head to Toe Assessment Guide

Assessment Tools

Gordon’s Functional Health Patterns

Orem’s Universal Self-Care Requisites

Pain Assessment and Management

Post-Op Assessment

Assessing Hydration

Hypoglycemia Versus Hyperglycemia Manifestations

Orientation Assessment

Fall Assessment

Respiratory Patterns, Breathe Sound Descriptions

Reflex Assessment

Manifestations of Altered Electrolyte Levels – Most Commonly Seen

Predicting Due Date (Nägele’s Rule)

Manifestations of Labor Stages

True Vs. False Labor

Newborn Assessment (Apgar Scoring)

Normal Changes with Aging

Cancer Warning Signs

Cancer Scoring/Grading

Abuse Signs and Symptoms

Rule of 9 and Burn Assessment/Characteristics

Types of Shock with Manifestations and Interventions for Each


II. Procedures Tab

Types of Isolation with Standard Precautions, PPE to Use

Common Dressings for Different Wound Types

Documentation Considerations (With Table of Directional Terms)

Checking n/g Placement

Household to Metric Equivalents

Delegation Checklist

Critical Thinking Checklist

Calling a Doctor Checklist


III. Emergency

Seizure Response

Lead Placement for ECG

Recognizing Common Arrhythmias

Steps to Take to Analyze an ECG Rhythm

Oxygen Delivery Methods With Percentages Delivered

Ventilator Alarm Troubleshooting

Chest Tube Troubleshooting

Enteral Feeding Tube Troubleshooting

ABG Normals, Causes and Symptoms of Alterations

Steps for Analyzing ABG

Recognizing Exposure to Bioterrorism

Ventilator Alarm Troubleshooting


IV. Labs

Interpreting Lab Results

Tube Colors for Common Labs

General Normal Values for Labs

Types of Urine Collection

Normal Results of Tests Performed by Nurses

Administering Blood Safety Checks

Transfusion Reaction Manifestations With Actions to Take

the Order to Collect Different Colored Tubes

Gastroccult and Hemoccult Testing


V. Psychosocial

Erikson’s Stages

Safety Considerations for Each Stage

Maslow’s Hierarchy

Pediatric Milestones in Development

S&S Anxiety, Depression, Suicide Assessment

Cultural Beliefs and Values by Ethnic and Religious Groups


VI. Medication

Formula for Calculating Dosages

7-10 Rights

5 Checks

Maintaining Safety When Preparing Meds

Do Not Use Abbreviations

Immunization Schedule

Injection Sites (Peds and Adult) for IM, Subq, and Intradermal with Maximum Fluid to Be Injected

Medication Considerations for Different Age Groups/Problems

Medications to Use Cautiously With Geriatric Clients

Steps to Take When Med Error Occurs

IV Drip Rate Cal and Table

Fluid Requirements for Pediatric Patients

IV Solutions, Volume Expanders, and Blood Products With Indications for Each

Types of Insulin With Onset, Peak, and Duration

Steps for Mixing Insulins

Troubleshooting/Assessing IV Problems

Commonly Prescribed Drugs (Generic Name, Brand Name, and Classification)

BSA calculation

Needle/Syringe Sizes


VII. Cultural Considerations

Cultural Beliefs and Values by Ethnic and Religious Groups

  • African American
  • African
  • Hispanic
  • Asian
  • Arabic
  • American Indian
  • Catholic
  • Jewish
  • Muslim 

VIII. End Matter

Poisoning Centers

Symbols and Abbreviations

Medical Terminology Definitions

List of Helpful Web Sites

Rewards Program

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