Jarvis's Physical Examination and Health Assessment - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780729539760

Jarvis's Physical Examination and Health Assessment

1st Edition

Authors: Helen Forbes Elizabeth Watt
eBook ISBN: 9780729539760
Imprint: Saunders Australia
Published Date: 15th January 2012


An adaptation of this popular nursing resource specific to the Australian and New Zealand market.

This local edition of Physical Examination and Health Assessment by Carolyn Jarvis has been fully revised for undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students and practicing nurses and in Australia and New Zealand.

This expertly-written nursing text contextualises specific health assessment skills, highlighting the importance and relevance of given topics to nursing practice.

Packed with case studies, photos, summary checkboxes and developmental considerations, Jarvis’s Physical Examination and Health Assessment ANZ edition  by  Helen Forbes and Elizabeth Watt builds on the easy-to use format and style of the popular US publication.

This Australia and New Zealand edition, however, features terminology, measurements, spelling, best practice recommendations and cultural considerations particular to a local market.

An essential and now even more relevant nursing textbook, Jarvis's Physical Examination and Health Assessment is structured to enhance learning for undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students as well as clinicians.

Companion publications to Jarvis’s Physical Examination & Health Assessment ANZ edition:

- Jarvis’s Physical Examination & Health Assessment Online ANZ edition – an interactive set of self-paced online learning modules complemented by over images, audio and videos

- Pocket Companion – Jarvis’s Physical Examination & Health Assessment ANZ edition – a pocket-sized quick-reference companion ideal for students to carry on clinical placement

- Student Laboratory Manual - Jarvis Physical Examination & Health Assessment ANZ edition – features chapter-by-chapter reading assignments, glossary terms, exercises and questions in varying formats, ideal for reinforcing key concepts and for use in clinical skills laboratory

Key Features

  • Case Studies
  • Cultural considerations specific to Australia and New Zealand
  • New chapters on assessment of urinary and bowel function
  • Follows the easy-to-use format with assessment chapters ordered by
    • Structure and Function
    • Subjective data
    • Objective data
    • Documentation and Critical Thinking
    • Abnormal Findings and Abnormal Findings for advanced practice where relevant

Table of Contents

Unit 1 Approaches and contexts of health assessment in nursing
Chapter 1 The Context of Health Assessment
Chapter 2 Critical Thinking in Health Assessment
Chapter 3 Developmental Tasks and Health Promotion across the life cycle
Chapter 4 Cultural competence: Cultural Care
Chapter 5 Screening for family violence and abuse

Unit 2 Health assessment tools and techniques
Chapter 6 The health assessment interview
Chapter 7 The health history
Chapter 8 Physical assessment techniques
Chapter 9 General survey, measurement and vital signs
Chapter 10 Pain assessment: the fifth vital sign

Unit 3 Assessing cardiovascular function
Chapter 11 Peripheral vascular system and lymphatic system
Chapter 12 Heart and neck vessels

Unit 4 Assessing respiratory function
Chapter 13 Nose, mouth and throat
Chapter 14 Thorax and lungs

Unit 5 Assessing musculoskeletal function
Chapter 15 Musculoskeletal system

Unit 6 Assessing nutrition and metabolism
Chapter 16 Nutritional assessment
Chapter 17 Skin, hair and nails

Unit 7 Assessing kidney, bladder and bowel function
Chapter 18 Urinary tract function
Chapter 19 Abdomen
Chapter 20 Bowel function

Unit 8 Assessing mental status, neurological and sensory function
Chapter 21 Mental status examination
Chapter 22 Neurological system
Chapter 23 Eyes
Chapter 24 Ears

Unit 9 Assessing sexuality and reproductive function
Chapter 25 Female sexual and reproductive function
Chapter 26 Male sexual and reproductive function
Chapter 27 Breasts and regional lymphatics
Chapter 28 The pregnant female

Unit 10 The Complete Health Assessment in Practice: Putting it all together
Chapter 29 The complete health assessment
Chapter 30 Focused assessment


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About the Author

Helen Forbes

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Head of School (Teaching & Learning) School of Nursing & Midwifery, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria

Elizabeth Watt

Affiliations and Expertise

Year 3 Coordinator and Course Coordinator Master of Nursing (Urological & Continence) Course, La Trobe University/Austin Health Clinical School of Nursing, School of Nursing & Midwifery (Melbourne Campus), Victoria