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Nursing Health Assessment; A Best Practice Approach



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Very Good  July 28, 2011

I really like how well this book reads. The format of the textbook is approachable and the information is immediately useful. This textbook is very well priced compared to similar textbooks. It is an easy read that is straight to the point and easy to understand.

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"Nursing Health Assessment: A Best Practice Approach reflects a progressive and modern view of nursing practice. The text combines elements of traditional Health Assessment texts with innovative elements that facilitate understanding of how best to obtain accurate data from patients. It not only includes thorough and comprehensive examinations for each specific topic, but also presents strategies for adapting questions and techniques when communication is challenging, the patient's responses are unexpected, or the patient's condition changes over time. Unique features assist with application and analysis, enhancing critical thinking skills and better preparing all readers for active practice.

A real-life approach is introduced at the beginning of each chapter and continued throughout. This includes recurring features that provide related questions, additional data, and variations that challenge one to modify responses. These cases encourage the progressive building and synthesis of knowledge. In addition to the case studies, other distinctive aspects of this text include the following: Emphasis on health promotion, risk-factor reduction, evidence-based critical thinking, and diagnostic reasoning. The end of the chapter demonstrates how to use critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning to cluster data and to analyze findings.

End-of-chapter review sections contain questions and critical thinking challenges related to the previously established case study. Additionally, the last section of each chapter focuses on prioritizing and modifying assessment to promote the best care possible, and summarizing multiple findings to create appropriate plans for patient's health"-Provided by publisher.

Table of Contents

Unit 1 - Foundations of Nursing Health Assessment 1. The Nurse's Role in Health Assessment 2. The Interview and Therapeutic Dialogue 3. The Health History 4. Techniques of Physical Examination and Equipment 5. Documentation and Interdisciplinary Communication Unit 2 - General Examinations 6. General Survey and Vital Signs Assessment 7. Pain Assessment 8. Nutrition Assessment 9. Assessment of Developmental Stages 10. Mental Health Assessment 11. Assessment of Social, Cultural, and Spiritual Health 12. Assessment of Human Violence Unit 3 - Regional Examinations 13. Skin, Hair, and Nails Assessment 14. Head and Neck with Lymphatics Assessment 15. Eyes Assessment 16. Ears Assessment 17. Nose, Sinuses, Mouth, and Throat Assessment 18. Thorax and Lungs Assessment 19. Heart and Neck Vessels Assessment 20. Peripheral Vascular and Lymphatic Assessment 21. Breasts and Axillae Assessment 22. Abdominal Assessment 23. Musculoskeletal Assessment 24. Neurological Assessment 25. Male Genitalia and Rectal Assessment 26. Female Genitalia and Rectal Assessment Unit 4 - Special Populations and Foci 27. Pregnant Women 28. Newborns and Infants 29. Children and Adolescents 30. Older Adults Unit 5 - Putting it All Together 31. Head-to-Toe Assessment of the Adult

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