Health Assessment for Nursing Practice - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 5th Edition
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Using a nursing-oriented, holistic approach, this straightforward text provides you with a visual presentation to conducting physical examinations. This textbook clearly delineates the routine exam techniques from those exams for special circumstances or advanced 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. Why Learn Health Assessment?
2. Ethnic Cultural Considerations
3. Interviewing to Obtain a Health History
4. Techniques and Equipment for Physical Assessment
5. General Inspection and Measurement of Vital Signs
6. Pain Assessment
7. Mental Health Assessment
8. Sleep Assessment
9. Nutritional Assessment
II. Health Assessment of the Adult
10. Skin Hair, Nails
11. Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat
12. Lung and Respiratory System
13. Heart and Peripheral Vascular System
14. Abdomen and Gastrointestinal System
15. Musculoskeletal System
16. Neurologic System
17. Breasts and Axillae
18. Reproductive System and the Perineum
III. NEW! Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
19. Developmental Assessment Throughout the Lifespan
20. NEW! Assessment of the Infant and Child
21. Assessment of the Pregnant Client
22. NEW! Assessment of the Older Adult
IV. Putting It All Together
23. Conducting a Head-to-Toe Assessment
24. Documenting the Health Assessment
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, Dean and Professor, Doris B. Yingling Endowed Chair, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia