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.

Health and Safety

Health and safety

Learning Outcomes

This chapter is designed to help you:

  • understand the importance of risk assessment and risk management
  • gain an awareness of the legislation(s) currently in place to maintain safety in practice
  • learn the basic principles of safe handling
  • learn the basic principles of first aid and, in particular, of dealing with (a) burns and scalds, (b) poisons, (c) choking
  • develop an awareness of the incidence of violence and aggression and how to deal with it
  • be aware of professional responsibilities.


Nurses have a duty of care to patients in their care. They are responsible for promoting and maintaining the health and safety of their patients as well as their own. This responsibility is wide-ranging: it includes, for example, assessing a patient's ...

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