11 Skill Videos Every New Nurse Should Watch

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Learning and improving clinical skills among new nurses is easy by watching nursing skills videos online. With the help of modern technology, you can watch practical demonstrations of different essential nursing skills in the comfort of your own home or from your mobile devices.

To help you get started, watch the following important clinical skills every new nurse should know:

1. Basic Head to Toe Assessment


This is one of the basic clinical skills nurses should master at the beginning of their career. By doing head to toe assessment properly, you can quickly identify health problems that need immediate medical attention among your patients.

This video is helpful in learning how to do head to toe assessment systematically in a short period of time. It also features explanations on why the nurse’s action is important in the clinical skill being presented.

2. Making an Occupied Bed


Changing linens for bedridden patients is tricky but with practice, you can easily do this within minutes. There are several tricks taught to nurses so that changing of linens is efficient even though the patient is still occupying the bed.

In this video, the steps in making an occupied bed are explained and demonstrated by using a dummy patient. The demonstration was done in a clinical simulation room for students. The instructions are clear and you can easily follow the steps presented.

3. IV Insertion


Mastering IV insertion takes a lot of practice. However, it helps to watch others how they select potential insertion sites for an IV line. By carefully observing, you can learn the techniques of other nurses on how they successfully insert an IV cannula without blowing the vein.

This video features different techniques of inserting an IV cannula. You can take note of their tricks on how they established an IV line using large-gauged cannulas. Many nursing skills videos about IV insertion techniques are also available online so you can see the techniques of different nurses in establishing an IV line.

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4. Tracheostomy Care


In this demonstration video, you’ll learn how to provide care to a patient with tracheostomy. The things you need to prepare, proper assessment and techniques in cleaning the tracheostomy site are detailed in the video.

Along with cleaning of the tracheostomy site, the steps in tracheostomy suctioning are also featured. It is important to observe and take note of patient positioning showed throughout the procedure.

5. Central Line Dressing Change


In this video, you’ll learn how to do central line dressing change in accordance to infection control practices. It’s hard to change central line dressings at first as you need to keep the line in place while you apply new dressings on site.

Proper disinfection of the skin surrounding the central line insertion site is also taught in the video. You can try practicing dressing change at home if you can easily keep up with the video’s instructions.

6. Nasogastric Tube Insertion


Insertion of nasogastric tube (NGT) is indicated for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. This video will teach you how to insert NGT on an actual patient.

Materials needed for NGT insertion include nasogastric tube, water-based lubricant, asepto/toomey syringe, 10cc syringe, emesis basin and tape. If not contraindicated, you can use oral analgesic or lidocaine spray to lessen the pain associated with the NGT insertion. Instruct the patient to have several sips of water through a straw to ensure the NG tube will reach the stomach.

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7. Indwelling Urinary Catheter Insertion


It is important to follow the infection control principles recommended for indwelling urinary catheter insertion. Failure to follow aseptic technique during indwelling urinary catheter insertion will put the patient at high risk for infection.

An important step in this demonstration is how aseptic technique is ensured between donning of sterile gloves and the insertion of the urinary catheter into the urethral meatus. This is a critical step as it will ensure the sterility of the urinary catheter inserted.

8. ECG Reading


Learning how to read ECGs is hard at first but with practice, you can easily identify normal and abnormal ECG rhythms with just a quick glance.

This tutorial video will teach you how to interpret ECG rhythms quickly. It is complete with explanations and tricks on how you can quickly memorize ECG interpretations within minutes. Learning ECG reading is important especially if you plan to get certification for Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support trainings.

9. Patient Transfer


It’s difficult to transfer a patient from the bed to a chair if you are not familiar with patient transfer techniques. Failure to observe proper body mechanics during patient transfer will also put nurses at high risk for occupational injuries.

This video demonstrates how you can easily transfer a bed-ridden patient to another chair without exerting too much effort and energy. You can even practice this skill at home with your relatives once you have familiarized yourself with the steps in the video.

10. Enteral Feeding


Enteral feeding is the provision of nutritionally complete feeding through a gastrostomy or a jejunostomy tube. Since the feeding mixture is directly administered into the stomach or intestine, the feeding’s consistency is easy to digest. Administration of enteral feeding is similar with NGT feeding and you will need the same materials to start it.

This video is a simple demonstration of enteral feeding to a dummy patient. The essential assessments, things to prepare and steps in administering osteorized feeding are well-detailed in the video.

11. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation


Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a life-saving technique useful during emergencies. It is one of the basic skills nurses should know as the American Heart Association recommends all medical personnel to be well-trained in this skill.

This video is helpful in familiarizing yourself on how to do CPR properly. For CPR to be effective, chest compressions should be deep and done rhythmically. It is best to watch CPR tutorials online before you get certification for Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support trainings so you will be familiar with the steps and procedures essential for the skill.

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Are you already familiar with the nursing skills videos included in the list above? New nurses nowadays are fortunate to have convenient access to clinical skills demo anywhere and anytime online. New nurses from decades ago had to learn these skills on the spot and from actual experiences. Improving your clinical skills is now easier with the help of video tutorials so maximize your learning resources online.

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