Reviewer:Donna L Cain, BSN, MSN(Bureau of Medicine and Surgery)
Description:Well written and easy to read, this is a comprehensive guide for history taking and physical examination from the nursing perspective. The previous edition published in 1997.
Purpose:The purpose is to serve as a ready reference for the nurse or student nurse to assist with patient interviews and physical assessments. The book is well written from the nursing perspective and correlates nursing diagnosis with relevant subjective and objective findings. The book meets the author's objectives.
Audience:According to the author, this book is written for the student or practicing nurse. I concur, as it is broad in scope and would not meet the needs of an advanced practice nurse.
Features:This assessment guide provides the ""why and how"" to complete a nursing health assessment. It explains the process from subjective to objective data and provides guidelines for thorough data collection. Illustrations provide clarification of the text and enhance the learning experience. The book covers all body systems with age and gender specific assessment information. The pediatric portion is particularly well done and the charts are very useful. The book is well referenced and the index is particularly helpful.
Assessment:This well-executed book fits easily into the pocket of a lab coat for ready reference. The charts are useful and comprehensive. Some pathophysiology is included for clarification. It will be an asset for student and practicing nurses, but not as helpful for nurses in advanced practice.