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Overview

Now in its Fourth Edition, Health Assessment in Nursing is a colorful, user-friendly introductory level health assessment text for RN-level students. Targeted to ADN and BSN programs, this text presumes no prior knowledge of health assessment and is part of a suite that includes Lab Manual to Accompany Health Assessment in Nursing, Nurses' Handbook of Health Assessment, and Weber & Kelley's Interactive Nursing Assessment. For this edition, the COLDSPA mnemonic, which guides students through investigation of symptoms, has been revised to show specific applications to content in each chapter. A sample application of COLDSPA is presented at the beginning of each chapter's Nursing History section, and another accompanies each case study. The Frail Elderly chapter has been streamlined, with a stronger focus on the normal variations associated with assessment of elderly clients.

The book contains predominantly color illustrations, with some black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Kathleen Stilling Burkhart
With this book, the authors have successfully created an innovative, systematic approach to the complete physical examination process as it relates to nurses in clinical practice. In response to a rapidly changing health care environment, nurses from diverse clinical settings need to be armored with a comprehensive clinical knowledge base and expert physical assessment skills. Nurses also need to be able to synthesize the information collected using critical thinking skills to identify client problems and implement an interdisciplinary plan of care. This text provides the tools to assist them in building a solid nursing foundation for performing a complete physical assessment. It is written for nurses from a variety of clinical backgrounds. From the novice nursing student to the advanced practice nurse, the text incorporates both basic assessment skills as well as advanced practice skills. Unlike other physical assessment texts on the market, this text is well grounded in the science of nursing, allowing the reader the ability to relate subjective and objective data collection to clinical nursing practice. This book has a number of ""user friendly"" features that place it above and beyond conventional texts: it is in a three-ring binder notebook format, which allows the reader to open the text flat, and frees hands for practicing assessment techniques; movable sections allow students to remove the section they are studying and not have to carry the entire text; hundreds of color illustrations and photographs depict both normal and abnormal assessment findings; and detailed chapter outlines assist the student in organizing the examination. I strongly recommend this text for anyoneteaching health assessment to nurses. It does a remarkable job integrating the nursing process into health assessment, which makes what nurses do unique in comparison to other disciplines. I found this book to be extremely well thought out and orchestrated. It is a comprehensive systematic approach to the health assessment of patients throughout the lifespan. I look forward to using it next semester with my nurse practitioner students.
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Reviewer: Kathleen Stilling Burkhart, MSN, CANP, CGNP (Uniformed Services University)
Description: With this book, the authors have successfully created an innovative, systematic approach to the complete physical examination process as it relates to nurses in clinical practice.
Purpose: In response to a rapidly changing health care environment, nurses from diverse clinical settings need to be armored with a comprehensive clinical knowledge base and expert physical assessment skills. Nurses also need to be able to synthesize the information collected using critical thinking skills to identify client problems and implement an interdisciplinary plan of care. This text provides the tools to assist them in building a solid nursing foundation for performing a complete physical assessment.
Audience: It is written for nurses from a variety of clinical backgrounds. From the novice nursing student to the advanced practice nurse, the text incorporates both basic assessment skills as well as advanced practice skills. Unlike other physical assessment texts on the market, this text is well grounded in the science of nursing, allowing the reader the ability to relate subjective and objective data collection to clinical nursing practice.
Features: This book has a number of "user friendly" features that place it above and beyond conventional texts: it is in a three-ring binder notebook format, which allows the reader to open the text flat, and frees hands for practicing assessment techniques; movable sections allow students to remove the section they are studying and not have to carry the entire text; hundreds of color illustrations and photographs depict both normal and abnormal assessment findings; and detailed chapter outlines assist the student in organizing the examination.
Assessment: I strongly recommend this text for anyone teaching health assessment to nurses. It does a remarkable job integrating the nursing process into health assessment, which makes what nurses do unique in comparison to other disciplines. I found this book to be extremely well thought out and orchestrated. It is a comprehensive systematic approach to the health assessment of patients throughout the lifespan. I look forward to using it next semester with my nurse practitioner students.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781781602
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 10/19/2009
  • Series: Fourth Edition
  • Edition description: Fourth, North American Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 896
  • Sales rank: 667,298
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 3.20 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Nurse's Role in Health Assessment: Collecting and Analyzing Data
  • Chapter 2 Collecting Subjective Data
  • Chapter 3 Collecting Objective Data
  • Chapter 4 Validating and Documenting Data
  • Chapter 5 Analyzing Data Using Critical Thinking Skills
  • Chapter 6 Assessing Mental Status & Psychosocial Developmental Level
  • Chapter 7 Assessing General Status & Vital Signs
  • Chapter 8 Assessing Pain: The 5th Vital Sign
  • Chapter 9 Assessing Victims of Violence
  • Chapter 10 Assessing Culture
  • Chapter 11 Assessing Spirituality and Religious Practices
  • Chapter 12 Assessing Nutrition
  • Chapter 13 Skin, Hair, and Nails
  • Chapter 14 Head and Neck
  • Chapter 15 Eyes
  • Chapter 16 Ears
  • Chapter 17 Mouth, Throat, Nose, and Sinuses
  • Chapter 18 Thorax and Lungs
  • Chapter 19 Breasts and Lymphatic System
  • Chapter 20 Heart and Neck Vessels
  • Chapter 21 Peripheral Vascular System
  • Chapter 22 Abdomen
  • Chapter 23 Female Genitalia
  • Chapter 24 Male Genitalia
  • Chapter 25 Anus, Rectum, and Prosrate
  • Chapter 26 Musculoskeletal System
  • Chapter 27 Nervous System
  • Chapter 28 Pulling it All Together
  • Chapter 29 Assessing Childbearing Women
  • Chapter 30 Assessing Newborns and Infants
  • Chapter 31 Assessing Children and Adolescents
  • Chapter 32 Assessing Frail Elderly Clients
  • Chapter 33 Assessing Families
  • Chapter 34 Assessing Communities
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