Nurses of the future need to accurately assess people of all ages, with varying mental and physical problems, across different settings and with changing health needs. This book introduces student nurses and novice practitioners to the assessment process enabling them to identify patient problems in order for solutions to be planned and implemented.
Linked to the NMC Standards and Essential Skills Clusters for degree-level education, and with detailed case studies and scenarios demonstrating practical application of key theory, the book encourages critical thinking and urges students to consider the social, cultural, psychological and environmental factors as well as the physical symptoms that may be present when making assessments.
About the Author
Dr Mooi Standing is an independent academic nursing consultant with over 40 years’ experience that includes: (i) practising mental health and adult nursing in a range of hospital and community settings; (ii) lecturing pre-registration and post-registration nursing students from certificate to Master’s level and presenting scholarly papers at international nursing conferences; (iii) researching how nurses develop clinical decision-making skills and publishing articles, books and chapters on this topic for nursing students, registered nurses and advanced practitioners; and (iv) providing external consultancy in curriculum development and quality enhancement of nursing programmes both nationally and internationally.
Mooi is currently a Series Editor for Learning Matters' Transforming Nursing Practice book series and has had extensive experience serving as a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Quality Assurance Reviewer of nursing educational programmes, and as a Professional Regulator as a Panellist on the NMC Practice Committee.
After qualifying as an RN in 1986, Sue completed a Diploma in Community Healthcare and worked as a District Nurse until 1997. She then took a post at Canterbury Christ Church University as a Nurse Fellow, before taking on her current role as a Senior Lecturer in 2000. She also has a BSc (Hons) in Community Health Care and an MA in Applied Social Science. Her professional interests include Primary Care, Public Health and Tissue Viability.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Person Centred Patient Assessment and Practice
Understanding Our Role in Patient Assessment
Making Sense of Patient Information
Relationship of Nursing Models to Care Planning
Ethical Aspects of Patient Assessment Dilemmas
Community Health Needs Assessment
Patient Assessment and Decision-Making