Health Assessment for Nursing Practice


  • Susan Wilson, RN, PhD, CS, FNP, Emeritus Associate Professor, Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

Using a nursing-oriented, holistic approach, this straightforward text provides you with a visual presentation to conducting physical examinations. This textbook clearly delineates the routine exam techniques from those exams for special circumstances or advanced practice.

Paperback, 632 Pages

Published: September 2012

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-323-09151-0

  • I. Foundations for Health Assessment

    1. Why Learn Health Assessment?

    2. Ethnic Cultural Considerations

    3. Interviewing to Obtain a Health History

    4. Techniques and Equipment for Physical Assessment

    5. General Inspection and Measurement of Vital Signs

    6. Pain Assessment

    7. Mental Health Assessment

    8. Sleep Assessment

    9. Nutritional Assessment

    II. Health Assessment of the Adult

    10. Skin Hair, Nails

    11. Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat

    12. Lung and Respiratory System

    13. Heart and Peripheral Vascular System

    14. Abdomen and Gastrointestinal System

    15. Musculoskeletal System

    16. Neurologic System

    17. Breasts and Axillae

    18. Reproductive System and the Perineum

    III. NEW! Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

    19. Developmental Assessment Throughout the Lifespan

    20. NEW! Assessment of the Infant and Child

    21. Assessment of the Pregnant Client

    22. NEW! Assessment of the Older Adult

    IV. Putting It All Together

    23. Conducting a Head-to-Toe Assessment

    24. Documenting the Health Assessment


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