Essential Clinical Skills is a clinical skills text and workbook designed specifically for use by Enrolled Nursing students throughout Australia. Written to match the HLT07 Training Package requirements, each skill matches the relevant competency as set out by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council in the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Enrolled Nurse (2002). The text clearly and succinctly explains each key clinical skill and provides a structured format for students to undertake many of the skills taught in HLT43407 Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) and HLT51607 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing). Using this text, students and instructors are able to translate their skills and knowledge into demonstrable competencies that fulfil the required standards.
Part 1 General care 1.1 Hand hygiene 1.2 Bedmaking 1.3 Assisting the patient to ambulate 1.4 Assisting with eating and drinking 1.5 Assisting the patient to maintain personal hygiene â" bed bath or assisted shower, undressing/dressing, oral hygiene, eye and nasal care, shaving, hair and nail care 1.6 Assisting the patient with elimination 1.7 Patient comfort â" pain management (non-pharmacological interventions â" heat and cold) 1.8 Positioning of a dependent patient and pressure area care 1.9 Range of motion exercises Part 2 Documentation 2.1 Documentation 2.2 Clinical handover 2.3 Admissions and discharge 2.4 Health teaching Part 3 Assessment 3.1 Basic assessment 3.2 Temperature, pulse and respiration (TPR) measurement 3.3 Blood pressure measurement 3.4 Pulse oximetry 3.5 Blood glucose measurement 3.6 Mental status assessment 3.7 Neurological observation 3.8 Neurovascular observation 3.9 Pain assessment 3.10 12-Lead ECG recording Part 4 Medication 4.1 Medication administration â" oral, topical and suppositories 4.2 Medication administration â" eye drops or ointment administration 4.3 Medication administration â" injections Part 5 Asepsis 5.1 Aseptic technique 5.2 Dry dressing technique 5.3 Wound irrigation, wound swabs 5.4 Packing a wound 5.5 Suture, clip and staple removal 5.6 Drain removal and shortening Part 6 Acute care 6.1 Catheterisation (urinary) 6.2 Nasogastric tube insertion and feeding, gastric drainage and gastric tube feeding 6.3 Oxygen therapy via nasal cannula or various masks including nebulisers, metered dose inhalers and peak flow meters 6.4 Pre-operative care 6.5 Post-operative care 6.6 Recovery room care and handover 6.7 Suctioning of oral cavity 6.8 Tracheostomy care 6.9 Electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) â" patient care pre and post treatment Part 7 Intravenous care 7.1 Venipuncture 7.2 Intravenous therapy (IVT) â" assisting with establishment 7.3 Intravenous therapy (IVT) management 7.4 Intravenous medication administration â" IV container 7.5 Intravenous medication administration â" burette 7.6 Intravenous medication administration â" bolus 7.7 Blood transfusion management Part 8 Specific skills 8.1 Isolation nursing 8.2 Gowning and gloving 8.3 Surgical scrub 8.4 Chest drains/underwater seal drainage management 8.5 Care of the unconscious patient Appendix I: ANMC National Competency Standards for the Enrolled Nurse (2002)
Published: 4th November 2011
Edition Number: 2