This heavily illustrated book provides a full color presentation of all basic and intermediate skills of nursing procedures. Its unique and easy-to-use format divides each procedure into logical steps—complete with appropriate illustrations, descriptions, and rationales for each one. A focus on critical thinking looks at unexpected outcomes when performing skills, and encourages problem solving in a clinical context using alternative nursing actions. Chapter topics include legal and ethical protocol; documentation; infection control; personal hygiene; vital signs; wound care and dressings; oral, parenteral, and topical and mucous membrane medications; feeding and decompression tubes; urinary and bowel elimination; respiratory and cardiovascular procedures; cardiopulmonary emergencies; and intravenous medications. For individuals preparing for a career in nursing, or providing health care at home.