Designed to encourage independent learning this book teaches basic nursing skills in a step-by-step format which carefully describes procedures for each skill. Using a practical, rational approach, descriptions of all procedures are accompanied by an explanation of their purpose and the rationale behind the methods and techniques involved in each one. The text thus allows beginning nursing students to gain a better grasp of the concepts underlying the tasks and to focus on remaining accountable for their actions. The format encourages self-paced learning, which further instills confidence and initiative while enabling students to thoroughly appropriate the knowledge and understanding necessary for the competent, effective nurse practitioner. Each section includes a statement of purposes and objectives, self-assessment quizzes and references for further reading. Also included are separate chapters on pediatrics, orthopedics and respiratory care.