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A Guide to Clinical Skills for Health Students

The learning of clinical skills is an important part of health professional education and often one of the most stressful and confusing elements of the student journey. A Guide to Clinical Skills for Health Students is designed to be a trusted guidebook for students in Aotearoa New Zealand studying across a range of clinical health degrees. This book outlines the context of professional practice, summarises key skills, presents supporting information about relevant practice, identifies references to guide further learning, and provides tools for recording clinical learning and professional development. At its heart is a focus on people, and the role that health professionals play in delivering quality assessment and care.It begins with an overview of cultural and professional elements of practice. Real examples are presented to contextualise practice, and key language and concepts are outlined in recognition of the need for practitioners to share some basic understandings to assist communication among colleagues and with clients. Clinical skills from Section Two of the book are indicated for each character. The second section of the book is presented in table format and provides brief guidance on skills that students are likely to encounter in clinical practice. This guidance has been developed with educators from the clinical programmes offered at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Unitec Institute of Technology and practitioners from the Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards. The disciplines that have directly contributed are nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, osteopathy, dental therapy and hygiene, and paramedicine. Key FeaturesBrings together the basics of anatomy and assessment and combines it with the clinical skills necessary for practiceStructured to build on learning and skill development, starting at basic level and progressing to clinical skills covered in more detailTools that students may use to record their learning and develop their professional portfolios, include: templates for reflection, logging skills, recording skills, a skill development plan and recording learning against professional competencies, are included in the appendix.Relevance to a range of health professionals encourages development of inter-disciplinary understanding
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Table of Contents

SECTION 1 Professional Interprofessional Practice1.Cultural and professional contexts2.Examples from practice3.Key language and concepts4.Practical learningSECTION 2 Clinical Skills Guidelines5.Professional practice6.Infection control and safety7.Chapter 7 - Cardiorespiratory and vascular8.Chapter 8 - Neurological/sensory and vascular9.Musculoskeletal10.Mental and cognitive11.Integumentary12.Gastrointestinal13.Genitourinary14.Medication administrationAPPENDIXLearning records and tools: reflection template; Skills log; record of skills; skills development plans and evaluation; professional competencies; answers to chapter 3 review questionsGlossaryIndex

About the Author

Susan Shaw is currently Associate Dean (Academic) and a director of the National Centre for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (NCIPECP) within the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Wendy Horne is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Health Sciences at Unitec Institute of Technology. Duncan Reid is Associate Dean (Health) in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Science at AUT and co-leads Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, within the Masters of Health Science programme. Kirk Reed is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Occupational Science and Therapy at AUT University.

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