Physical Examination & Health Assessment / Edition 5

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With a clear, student-friendly approach, this text provides a solid understanding of how to perform a health assessment. Head-to-toe presentations show the steps of a physical examination in a logical sequence. Detailed illustrations, summary checklists, and new learning resources ensure that you learn all the skills you need to know. It's easy to see why this text is, far and away, #1 in this market!

• Clear, approachable style of writing.
• Over 1,000 full-color illustrations present anatomy and physiology plus examination techniques.
• A two-column format distinguishes normal findings from abnormal findings, using color, step-by-step photos.
• Summary checklists in each body system chapter provide a quick review of exam steps.
• Documentation examples show the charting of normal findings.
• Extensive coverage of culture reflects the importance of diversity and cultural awareness.
• Nursing Diagnoses reflecting the most recent NANDA Taxonomy II terminology.
• Lifespan content is integrated throughout the text to show common variations for all age groups.
• Developmental Care sections cover age-specific content for pediatric, pregnant, and older adult patients.
• Clinical case studies cover focused assessment techniques for patients of different ages in different clinical situations.
• Spanish language translation chart includes key phrases for better communication during a physical examination.

• More than 100 color photographs and drawings are added.
• Abnormal Findings section, in full-color, large-photo atlas format, now differentiates abnormal findings for the student from those for advanced practice.
• Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle boxes highlight essential health promotion material, based on Healthy People 2010 guidelines.
• Unique Reassessment of the Hospitalized Patient chapter provides a focus for hospital-based assessments.
• Functional Assessment of the Older Adult chapter covers the special assessment techniques and findings for geriatric clients.
• A companion CD-ROM helps you apply your skills to realistic patient scenarios, with additional in-depth case studies, a complete head-to-toe examination video, printable health promotion handouts, heart and lung sounds, new bedside reassessment, and the 20 Most Common Conditions.

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Reviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This is the fifth edition of a book that comprehensively covers how to take a health history and perform a physical examination. The previous edition was published in 2004.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide easy-to-use, step-by-step guidance for nursing students as well as practitioners to conduct a comprehensive health history and physical examination.
Audience: The audience is nursing students and practicing nurses, including advanced practice nurses. The author is a well known health assessment expert.
Features: The book is easy to follow and illustrations guide the assessment. For example, lymph nodes are shown by dots on a human picture followed by how the nurse's hands are placed on the patient for examination. The book begins with the assessment of the whole person, followed by application of the material in the clinical setting. The third section presents the physical exam itself, followed by the integration of the health assessment. Several chapters new to this edition address issues of rehospitalization, functional assessment of the older adult, cultural competence, domestic violence, and healthy lifestyles. Each chapter now includes an emphasis on culture with more information on physiology and assessment tools. In addition each chapter uses full color art, illustrations, and references that refer to best practices.
Assessment: There are many assessment books on the market, but this one has an excellent track record for the integration of up-to-date information on health histories and the integration of physical examination findings to support clinical reasoning skills. There also is an excellent web site that offers readers more cases and quick assessments of common conditions. This edition presents evidence to support best practices in assessment and addresses the changing health needs of an older population, cultural diversity, and healthy lifestyle changes.
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Meet the Author

Family Nurse Practitioner, Chestnut Health Systems, Bloomington; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

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Table of Contents

Unit 1: Assessment of the Whole Person

1. Critical Thinking in Health Assessment

2. Developmental Tasks and Health Promotion Across the Life Cycle

3. Cultural Competence: Cultural Care

4. The Interview

5. The Complete Health History

6. Mental Status Assessment

7. Domestic Violence

Unit 2: Approach to the Clinical Setting

8. Assessment Techniques and the Clinical Setting

9. General Survey, Measurement, Vital Signs

10. Pain Assessment: the Fifth Vital Sign

11. Nutritional Assessment

Unit 3: Physical Examination

12. Skin, Hair, and Nails

13. Head and Neck, Including Regional Lymphatics

14. Eyes

15. Ears

16. Nose, Mouth, and Throat

17. Breasts and Regional Lymphatics

18. Thorax and Lungs

19. Heart and Neck Vessels

20. Peripheral Vascular System and Lymphatic System

21. Abdomen

22. Musculoskeletal System

23. Neurologic System

24. Male Genitourinary System

25. Anus, Rectum, and Prostate

26. Female Genitalia

Unit 4: Integration of the Health Assessment

27. The Complete Health Assessment: Putting It All Together

28. Reassessment of the Hospitalized Patient NEW!

29. The Pregnant Female

30. Functional Assessment of the Older Adult NEW!

Contents may vary upon publication.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011


    This book comes with a CD. Are you including the CD in the price? Please specify that. It is very important!!!!

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    Excellent organization and easy to follow details. I would recommend this publication for anyone who needs to brush up on their assessment skills or who is attending a class that involves physical assessment

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    Great textbook & Great B&N price!

    This book is VERY expensive at college bookstores and B&N has the best price! There are a lot of pictures which help with understanding assessment skills and the interactive CD is a huge bonus!

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    well organize and lots of information

    well organized containing lots of information and resources.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    Appropriate for several levels in nursing

    Format is logical and clear. Text is appropriate for use in both BSN and MSN programs. Great reference for practicing nurses and NPs.

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