Health Assessment for Nursing Practice - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 5th Edition
Elsevier eBook on VitalSource®

Health Assessment for Nursing Practice - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 5th Edition


Today’s nursing students are busier and more pressed for time than ever. The 5th edition of Health Assessment for Nursing Practice by Susan Wilson and Jean Giddens is designed to help you make the most of your study time with a user-friendly approach and a complete collection of flexible, efficient learning tools. It's everything you need to master the core assessment skills essential for clinical practice!

    • Straightforward, easy-to-understand coverage gives you the knowledge and confidence you need to perform a complete physical examination.

    • Clear differentiation between basic skills and advanced procedures or special circumstances helps you pinpoint essential content.

    • Unique, two-column format provides you with a visual distinction between normal and abnormal findings and techniques.

    • Vivid color photos walk you step by step through key skills and procedures.

    • UNIQUE! Concept Overview sections present core concepts in the context of health assessment with discussions on pain, oxygenation, perfusion, tissue integrity, motion, sensory perception, metabolism, and intracranial regulation.

    • UNIQUE! Clinical Reasoning: Thinking Like a Nurse boxes explain the thought process of an experienced nurse making a clinical decision to help you gain perspective on clinical judgment and the decision-making process.

    • UNIQUE! Patients with Situational Variations sections address special circumstances or needs for patients in wheelchairs or other limitations and exam variations.
    • NCLEX examination-style review questions at the end of each chapter help you assess your understanding of the content you need to know to pass the exam.
      • NEW! Adapting Health Assessment to an Ill Patient chapter explains special techniques for performing a head-to-toe assessment of a patient in a hospital setting, illustrated with a series of new examination photos.

      • UNIQUE! Case Studies with Clinical Reasoning Questions strengthen your critical thinking skills with algorithms focusing on noticing, interpreting, and responding.

      • NEW and UNIQUE! Quality and Safety Competencies for Nurses (QSEN) tables address assessment competencies related to patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics.

      • Health Promotion for Evidence-Based Practice boxes outline new Healthy People 2020 objectives and include thorough discussions of recommendations for health promotion and reducing risk.

      • Ethnic, Cultural, and Spiritual Variations boxes help you anticipate the unique needs of a multicultural patient population.

      • Newly combined Health Assessment Across the Life Span unit contains four separate chapters that cover all lifespan content, including older adults, pregnant patients, and infants, children, and adolescents.

      • NEW! Synthesis and Application of Health Assessment unit details how to conduct, document, and adapt the head-to-toe assessment.

      I. Foundations for Health Assessment

      1. Importance of Health Assessment

      2. Interviewing Patients to Obtain a Health History

      3. Techniques and Equipment for Physical Assessment

      4. General Inspection and Measurement of Vital Signs

      5. Ethnic, Cultural, and Spiritual Considerations

      6. Pain Assessment

      7. Mental Health and Abusive Behavior Assessment

      8. Nutritional Assessment

      II. Health Assessment of the Adult

      9. Skin, Hair, and Nails

      10. Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat

      11. Lungs and Respiratory System

      12. Heart and Peripheral Vascular System

      13. Abdomen and Gastrointestinal System

      14. Musculoskeletal System

      15. Neurologic System

      16. Breasts and Axillae

      17. Reproductive System and the Perineum

      III. Health Assessment Across the Life Span

      18. Developmental Assessment Throughout the Life Span

      19. Assessment of the Infant, Child, and Adolescent

      20. Assessment of the Pregnant Patient

      21. Assessment of the Older Adult

      IV. Synthesis and Application of Health Assessment

      22. Conducting a Head-to-Toe Examination

      23. Documenting the Head-to-Toe Health Assessment

      24. Adapting Health Assessment to an Ill Patient


      A. Health History Using Functional Health Patterns

      B. Conversion Tables

      C. Abbreviations

      D. Answer Key

      Susan F. Wilson, RN, PhD, CS, FNP, Emeritus Associate Professor, Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas and Jean Foret Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia


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