The ability to move easily and purposively contributes enormously to a sense of health and wellbeing, enabling increased independence and selfprotection. However, many of the patients you encounter will have some degree of immobility whether it is temporary (for instance, due to local anaesthesia), permanent (for instance, due to amputation or stroke) or variable (for instance, due to arthritis or morbid obesity). This practical pocket guide covers:

• the anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system

• the principles of ergonomics

• safe moving and handling practices

• positioning the patient

• performing a range of movement exercises

• legal aspects of moving and handling

• the promotion of sleep.

This competency-based text covers relevant key concepts, anatomy and physiology, lifespan matters, assessment and nursing skills. To support your learning, it also includes learning outcomes, concept map summaries, activities, questions and scenarios with sample answers and critical reflection thinking points.

Quick and easy to reference, this short, clinically-focused guide is ideal for use on placements or for revision. It is suitable for pre-registration nurses, students on the nursing associate programme and newly qualified nurses.

chapter |2 pages

Introduction to the Skills in Nursing Practice series

BySheila Cunningham, Tina Moore

chapter |2 pages

Introduction and overview

BySheila Cunningham, Tina Moore

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

Overview of musculoskeletal components and movement

BySheila Cunningham

chapter Chapter 2|10 pages

Movement assessment and exercises

BySheila Cunningham

chapter Chapter 3|13 pages

Safe moving and handling practices

ByTina Moore

chapter Chapter 4|10 pages

Therapeutic and procedural positions

ByTina Moore

chapter Chapter 5|12 pages

Legal aspects of moving and handling

ByTina Moore