Key Features

  • Straightforward, easy-to-understand coverage gives you the knowledge and confidence you need to perform a complete physical examination.
  • Clear differentiation between basic skills and advanced procedures or special circumstances helps you pinpoint essential content.
  • Unique, two-column format provides you with a visual distinction between normal and abnormal findings and techniques.
  • Vivid color photos walk you step by step through key skills and procedures.
  • UNIQUE! Concept Overview sections present core concepts in the context of health assessment with discussions on pain, oxygenation, perfusion, tissue integrity, motion, sensory perception, metabolism, and intracranial regulation.
  • UNIQUE! Clinical Reasoning: Thinking Like a Nurse boxes explain the thought process of an experienced nurse making a clinical decision to help you gain perspective on clinical judgment and the decision-making process.
  • UNIQUE! Patients with Situational Variations sections address special circumstances or needs for patients in wheelchairs or other limitations and exam variations.
  • NCLEX examination-style review questions at the end of each chapter help you assess your understanding of the content you need to know to pass the exam.

Table of Contents

I. Foundations for Health Assessment

1. Importance of Health Assessment

2. Interviewing Patients to Obtain a Health History

3. Techniques and Equipment for Physical Assessment

4. General Inspection and Measurement of Vital Signs

5. Ethnic, Cultural, and Spiritual Considerations

6. Pain Assessment

7. Mental Health and Abusive Behavior Assessment

8. Nutritional Assessment

II. Health Assessment of the Adult

9. Skin, Hair, and Nails

10. Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat

11. Lungs and Respiratory System

12. Heart and Peripheral Vascular System

13. Abdomen and Gastrointestinal System

14. Musculoskeletal System

15. Neurologic System

16. Breasts and Axillae

17. Reproductive System and the Perineum

III. Health Assessment Across the Life Span

18. Developmental Assessment Throughout the Life Span

19. Assessment of the Infant, Child, and Adolescent

20. Assessment of the Pregnant Patient

21. Assessment of the Older Adult

IV. Synthesis and Application of Health Assessment

22. Conducting a Head-to-Toe Examination

23. Documenting the Head-to-Toe Health Assessment

24. Adapting Health Assessment to an Ill Patient

Appendixes

A. Health History Using Functional Health Patterns

B. Conversion Tables

C. Abbreviations

D. Answer Key

Details

Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Mosby
Print ISBN:
9780323101349
Electronic ISBN:
9780323294171

About the authors

Susan Wilson

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Associate Professor, Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Jean Giddens

Affiliations and Expertise

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia