Now completely revised and updated, this quick-reference, pocket-sized handbook features a nursing process format with clear, step-by-step guidelines. It presents more than 200 common nursing skills in a readable, practical style. Chapter overviews of principles and concepts provide a solid understanding and a knowledge base for the procedures that follow. A helpful glove icon indicates when gloves should be worn. An abundance of illustrations and charts help to clarify and reinforce information. New in this edition: cost-cutting tips for each skill (where appropriate) highlight simple ways to save money without sacrificing quality of care; new skill instruction is provided for Bladder Scanning; Nursing Diagnoses reflect the latest NANDA listings both in the skill format and the Appendix; all skills conform to clinical guidelines from the AHCPR, and to the new standard precautions from the CDC; new information on Epidural Analgesia has been added; new appendices are included for pain management, medication interactions (drug to drug), and drug & nutrient interactions; increased emphasis is placed on transcultural considerations (for each skill where appropriate) and cost-effectiveness; and the most current information on infection control is now easily accessible.