Health Assessment for Nursing Practice, 6th Edition
Want to avoid "content saturation" in your health assessment course? Look no further than Wilson and Giddens’ Health Assessment for Nursing Practice, 6th Edition. Knowing that you and your students are busier and more pressed for time than ever, this user-friendly textbook offers just the right amount of health assessment coverage — focusing on the routine assessment skills and related concepts that nursing students need to know and drastically reducing "nice-to-know" and advanced practice content that is more applicable to nurse practitioners and special-situation exams. The sixth edition also boasts two new Concept Overviews on metabolism and nutrition; updated information on electronic documentation and cultural considerations; improved design, visuals, and page layout; plus a wide assortment of flexible teaching and learning tools. It's everything you need to help your students master the core assessment skills and thrive in clinical practice!
- Straightforward, easy-to-understand coverage gives readers the knowledge and confidence to perform a complete physical examination.
- Clear differentiation between basic skills and advanced procedures or special-circumstance procedures helps readers pinpoint essential assessments.
- Two-column format creates a visual distinction between normal and abnormal findings and techniques.
- Vivid full-color photos walk readers step-by-step through key assessment techniques to better understand key abnormalities.
- UNIQUE! Concept Overview boxes present core concepts in the context of health assessment, with discussions of pain, oxygenation, perfusion, tissue integrity, motion, sensory perception, metabolism, and intracranial regulation.
- UNIQUE! Clinical Reasoning boxes explain the thought process of an experienced nurse making a clinical decision to help readers gain expert perspective on clinical judgment and the decision-making process in nursing practice.
- UNIQUE! Patients with Situational Variations sections address special circumstances or needs for patients in wheelchairs or other limitations and exam variations.
- Documenting Expected Findings sections demonstrate how to chart normal findings -- a perpetual area of struggle among nursing students.
- Review questions in the book help assess reader’s understanding of need-to-know content.
- UNIQUE! Case studies at the end of each chapter give readers practice in developing clinical reasoning skills in the context of health assessment and physical examination.
- UNIQUE! Adapting Health Assessment to the Hospitalized Patient chapter explains special techniques for performing a head-to-toe assessment of a patient in a hospital setting.
- Health Promotion for Evidence-Based Practice boxes apply the U.S. government's Healthy People 2020 objectives and include thorough discussions of recommendations for health promotion and reducing risk.
- Ethnic, Cultural, and Spiritual Variations boxes help readers anticipate the unique needs of a multicultural patient population.
- 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.
- Synthesis and Application of Health Assessment unit details how to conduct, document, and adapt the head-to-toe examination.
- NEW! Refocused and streamlined content eliminates "content saturation" by drastically reducing the amount of advanced practice and examination procedures, techniques, and content that are applicable to nurse practitioner levels; thus keeping readers focused on the most common and important learnings and procedures.
- NEW! Student laboratory manual (sold separately) provides an invaluable resource for mastering physical examination.
- NEW! Improved page layout features a less cluttered and more reader-friendly look thanks to the removal of extraneous tables and illustrations.
- NEW! Improved text design includes updated fonts, photos, and illustrations to make the material more readable and the concepts easier-to-understand.
- NEW! Two new concept overviews incorporate the physiological principles of metabolism and nutrition into text material.
- NEW! Updated electronic documentation content ensures accuracy and congruency with the most current technology and best practices.
- NEW! Updated ethnic/cultural/spiritual variations content reflects the latest trends currently being seen in practice today.
Unit I. Foundations for Health Assessment 1. Introduction to 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
Unit 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
Unit 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
Unit 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
Appendixes A. Abbreviations B. Answer Key IBC: Special Features
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