Children's nurses must develop the crucial skills of correct medicines management and calculations in order to provide safe care to their patients. This book specifically supports pre-registration students in meeting the required competencies for medicines management needed to pass formal assessment and qualify as a children's nurse. It is clearly structured around the NMC Essential Skills Clusters for medicines management, covering legal aspects, drugs calculations, administration, storage, record keeping, introductory pharmacology, patient communication and contextual issues in medication. The book is written in user-friendly language and uses patient scenarios to explain concepts and apply theory to practice.
Karen Blair was a Senior Lecturer in Children's Nursing at Canterbury Christ Church University whilst writing this book. She has remained an honorary lecturer at Canterbury since taking up her present post as a nurse practitioner in General Practice in Norwich. She has worked in a wide range of children's services since 1987, in both acute and community, the latter as a health visitor, nurse prescriber and nurse practitioner. She has an MSc in Advanced Paediatric Ambulatory Care, and worked in the UK's first Children's Walk-in-Centre in Liverpool before becoming a lecturer at Canterbury.
Introduction Calculating Children's Medicines Legal and Ethical Issues in Children's Medicines Management Holistic Care and Treatment Options in Children's Nursing Knowledge of Children's Medicines and Their Actions Storing, Ordering and Receiving Medicines in Children's Nursing Medicines Administration in Children's Nursing Working in Partnership with Parents, Carers and Children in Medicines Management Keeping up to Date and Evidence-Based Practice