Mosby's Pocket Guide for Health Assessment, 6th Edition

Mosby's Pocket Guide for Health Assessment, 6th Edition


This portable, practical guide covers all aspects of health assessment in a concise, step-by-step format. The logical head-to-toe organization provides a quick reference whether assessing a specific body system or conducting a complete physical exam. Up to date, streamlined, and clinically focused, this new edition is perfect for use in any setting.
  • Chapters take a consistent, step-by-step approach to body system assessment with headings for Critical Thinking Application, Equipment, Patient Preparation, and History.
  • Unexpected Assessment Findings present Findings, Significance, and Nursing Interventions for situations requiring immediate action.
  • Highlights important patient safety, comfort, and effective assessment information.
  • Delegation Considerations define the appropriate role of assistive personnel.
  • Patient Education sections emphasize teaching opportunities in client interactions.
  • Spiral binding allows for ease of use.
  • 2-column format presents assessment techniques, as well as normal and abnormal findings, in a clear and easy-to-follow layout.
  • Cultural Variations — including new coverage of East Indian, Middle Eastern, and East European Block ethnic groups — highlight client preferences and significant assessment findings.
  • Age-Specific Variations include considerations for pediatric, adolescent, and older adult age groups.
1. Critical Thinking and Clinical Decision Making

2. Application of Critical Thinking and Clinical Decision Making

3. Nursing Health History and Interview Process

4. Preparing for the Physical Examination

5. Integument

6. Head, Neck, and Lymph Nodes

7. Eyes

8. Ears

9. Nose and Sinuses

10. Mouth, Pharynx, and Throat

11. Thorax and Lungs

12. Heart and Vascular System

13. Breasts

14. Abdomen

15. Female Genital-Urinary

16. Male Genital-Urinary

17. Rectum and Anus

18. Musculoskeletal System

19. Neurological System

20. Nutrition


Appendix A: NANDA List of Nursing Diagnosis

Appendix B: Temperature Conversion Chart

Appendix C: Adult Height and Weight Table

Appendix D: Body Mass Index

Appendix E: Snellen Eye Chart

Appendix F: E Chart

Appendix G: Rosenbaum Chart for Near Vision

Appendix H: U.S. Food Guide Pyramid

Appendix I: Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating

Appendix J: Vegetarian Food Pyramid
Pamela Weilitz, MSN(R), RN, CN, ANP, Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist, Private Practice, St. Louis, MO, USA and Patricia A. Potter, RN, MSN, PhD, FAAN, Director of Research, Patient Care Services
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis, MO


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