What do I need to learn in order to progress through my course? How do I achieve the best possible patient-care?

Professional Skills for Nurses answers both of these questions and supports the development of key nursing skills underpinned by theory. Designed specifically to meet the needs of nursing students in the initial stages of training, the book focuses on the essential knowledge and skills needed for effective patient-care while at the same time helping students to achieve the NMC outcomes required for entry into branch programs.

Each chapter focuses on a key aspect of nursing care backed up with practical tips, examples drawn from all branches of nursing, and a range of study activities to help you reflect on your learning and get the most from practice placements.

Key themes in healthcare such as ethics, evidence-based practice and health promotion are discussed throughout the book, highlighting how these relate to everyday nursing practice.

Focusing on the core skills covered in the initial stages of training, Professional Skills in Nursing is the ideal introduction for students during the Common Foundation Program.

Administration of Injections

Administration of injections

Learning Outcomes

This chapter is designed to help you:

  • be aware of risks and safety considerations associated with the administration of injections
  • understand the legal and ethical considerations associated with the administration of injections
  • learn about common equipment used for subcutaneous and intramuscular injections.


An injection can be described as the act of giving medication by use of a syringe and needle (Dougherty and Lister 2006). Injections are considered the appropriate route for drug administration when fast onset of action is required, patients who are nil by mouth, where the digestive enzymes would render the drug inactive (e.g., with insulin), long term release of the drug is necessary, e.g., depot injections (Brooker and Waugh 2007), or other routes may be contraindicated or ...

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