Health Assessment in Nursing / Edition 5

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Overview

Innovative, systematic, and easy to understand, Health Assessment in Nursing has already helped thousands of RN-level students develop the comprehensive knowledge base and expert nursing assessment skills necessary for accurate collection of client data. 

In this revised Fifth Edition, the authors provide in-depth, accurate information, a compelling Continuing Case Study that covers every step in the assessment process, a focus on diversity and health assessment through the lifespan, a striking photo and illustration program that includes photos of practicing registered nurses and nurse practitioners performing assessments, dynamic online video clips and animations, and much more. 

Using this book you’ll have everything at your fingertips to master the knowledge and assessment skills you’ll need in your nursing career. 

  • Master the “how-to’s” of conducting a nursing assessment through the real world Continuing Case Study in every chapter that introduces a client with a health concern, guides you through investigation of symptoms using the COLDSPA mnemonic, and demonstrates a physical assessment, proper documentation techniques, diagnostic reasoning, and appropriate nursing conclusions.
  • Access an easy-to-understand tool for data collection with the Collecting Subjective Data: Nursing Health History table, which presents Information in two columns: Questions that you will ask the client and Rationales explaining why the questions are important. 
  • Master every aspect of the physical examination through the Collecting Objective Data: Physical Examination table, which illustrates physical examination procedures in a step-by-step fashion across three columns: Assessment Procedure (which explains and illustrates exactly how to perform specific aspects of the examination), Normal Findings, and Abnormal Findings.
  • Identify important distinctions  through hundreds of photos exhibited in the Abnormal Findings displays.

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.
From The Critics
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: 9781451142808
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Edition description: Fifth
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 912
  • Sales rank: 37,682
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Nursing Data Collection, Documentation, and Analysis

Chapter 1

Nurse’s Role in Health Assessment: Collecting and Analyzing Data

Chapter 2

Collecting Subjective Data: The Interview and Health History

Chapter 3

Collecting Objective Data: The Physical Examination

Chapter 4

Validating and Documenting Data

Chapter 5

Thinking Critically to Analyze Data and Make Informed Nursing Judgments

Unit 2: Integrative Holistic Nursing Assessment

Chapter 6

Assessing Mental Status and Substance Abuse

Chapter 7

 Assessing Psychosocial, Cognitive, and Moral Development

Chapter 8

Assessing General Status and Vital Signs

Chapter 9

Assessing Pain: The 5th Vital Sign

Chapter 10

Assessing for Violence

Chapter 11

Assessing Culture

Chapter 12

Assessing Spirituality and Religious Practices

Chapter 13

 Assessing Nutritional Status

Unit 3: Nursing Assessment of Physical Systems

Chapter 14

Assessing Skin, Hair, and Nails

Chapter 15

Assessing Head and Neck

Chapter 16

Assessing Eyes

Chapter 17

Assessing Ears

Chapter 18

Assessing Mouth, Throat, Nose, and Sinuses

Chapter 19

Assessing Thorax and Lungs

Chapter 20

Assessing Breasts and Lymphatic System

Chapter 21

Assessing Heart and Neck Vessels

Chapter 22

Assessing Peripheral Vascular System

Chapter 23

Assessing Abdomen

Chapter 24

Assessing Musculoskeletal System

Chapter 25

Assessing Neurologic System

Chapter 26

Assessing Male Genitalia and Rectum

Chapter 27

Assessing Female Genitalia and Rectum

Chapter 28

Pulling It All Together: Integrated Head-to-Toe Assessment

Unit 4: Nursing Assessment of Special Groups

Chapter 29

Assessing Childbearing Women

Chapter 30

Assessing Newborns and Infants

Chapter 31

Assessing Children and Adolescents

Chapter 32

Assessing Older Adults

Chapter 33

Assessing Families

Chapter 34

Assessing Communities

 

Appendices

A: Nursing History Checklist

B: Physical Assessment Checklist

C: NANDA Approved Nursing Diagnoses

D: Selected Collaborative Problems

E: Canada’s Food Guide

Glossary

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