Health Assessment in Nursing / Edition 5

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: 9781469832227
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Health
  • Publication date: 11/14/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Edition description: New edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 912
  • File size: 98 MB
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Table of Contents

1 Nurse's role in health assessment : collecting and analyzing data 3
2 The client in context : culture, spirituality, family, and community 13
3 Collecting subjective data 29
4 Collecting objective data 49
5 Validating and documenting data 63
6 Using diagnostic reasoning skills to analyze data 75
7 General survey, mental status exam, and vital signs 85
8 Pain assessment 107
9 Nutritional assessment 119
10 Spiritual assessment 143
11 Skin, hair, and nail assessment 157
12 Head and neck assessment 191
13 Eye assessment 213
14 Ear assessment 253
15 Mouth, throat, nose and sinus assessment 273
16 Thoracic and lung assessment 297
17 Breast and lymphatic assessment 329
18 Heart and neck vessel assessment 351
19 Peripheral vascular assessment 391
20 Abdominal assessment 425
21 Female genitalia assessment 469
22 Male genitalia assessment 505
23 Anus, rectum, and prostate assessment 529
24 Muscoleskeletal assessment 549
25 Neurologic assessment 593
26 Pulling it all together 637
27 Assessment of the childbearing woman 649
28 Assessment of newborns and infants 685
29 Assessment of children and adolescents 733
30 Assessment of the frail elderly client 807
31 Assessment of the family 873
32 Assessment of families using violence 895
33 Community assessment 911
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