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From The CriticsReviewer: Cherie G. Howk, PhD, FNP-BC(Indiana State University)
Description: This foundational physical assessment book provides multiple ways to examine and explore each body system, using case studies and evidence-based critical thinking. Along with a review of the structure and function of the body system, it integrates lifespan and cultural variations. Subjective and objective data collection is covered well, with references to Healthy People goals, risk factors, and health promotion-patient teaching considerations.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a traditional health assessment book with "innovative elements that facilitate understanding of how best to obtain accurate data from patients." Faculty are always looking for ways to help students understand and apply assessment techniques. This book takes a significant step toward fulfilling these goals with the case studies and critical thinking exercises. The multiple pictures with explanations also help.
Audience: The book is targeted specifically at RN students, addressing which evaluation techniques are appropriate to the RN vs. the advanced practice nurse in a chart in every chapter. Although it does not attend to diagnostic reasoning specifically, it does lay a foundation by discussing key laboratory and diagnostic tests. Therefore, it could be only a reference or review for the APN. Many guest authors contribute to the chapters and all are, at a minimum, master's prepared and educators or expert practitioners.
Features: Nursing assessment is covered in four general units. In the foundations unit, basic techniques, communication techniques, and documentation are covered. The second unit on the general examination includes pain, nutrition, and mental health assessments and covers developmental stages, social, cultural, and spiritual health, as well as an assessment of human violence. This provides an excellent foundation for the final two units on regional examinations and special populations. Each chapter is organized in the same manner and moves students through the structure and function overview, acute assessment, and subjective and objective data collection, ending with evidence-based critical thinking. The book provides limited illustrations or instructions for the actual techniques for examination.
Assessment: This is a welcome addition to health assessment textbooks. The many charts and tables highlight thinking and understanding points that will help students learn. In comparison to another popular assessment book, Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, 10th edition, Bickley (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008), the Jensen book provides a much more complete foundation upon which students can build assessment skills. The focus on pain, nutrition, developmental stages, mental health assessment, and assessment of social, cultural and spiritual health prior to the regional exams highlights the importance of these areas.