Table of Contents

Part I: Overview of the medical-surgical nursing orientation. Orientation: welcome to your new role as a medical-surgical nurse.
Patient safety: from preventing adverse drug events to infection control.
Nursing assessment basics: focused assessment and the PQRST system.
Part II: Common medical-surgical conditions and emergencies. Neurological deficits in the medical-surgical patient: altered mental status can occur in any patient.
Assessment skills to differentiate signs and symptoms of a cardiac event from other possible conditions.
Common respiratory conditions and emergencies.
The treatment of common gastrointestinal conditions.
Promoting safety and preventing infection in patients with genitourinary alterations.
Promoting healing, preventing altered skin integrity, and preventing wound infection.
Prevention and treatment of hip fracture along with orthopedic surgery post-operative care tips.
Commonly seen endocrine disorders and care tips.
Part III: Must-have resources for the medical-surgical nurse. Medical-surgical resources to assist you in your new role. 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"--Publisher's description.