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1: Health Assessment in Nursing

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    • 1.1: Introduction
      Systematic health assessments are performed regularly in nearly every health care setting. Nurses must learn to perform a complete health assessment as well assess each body system in order to determine appropriate nursing care for the patient.
    • 1.2: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
      Nurses must continually organize patient data to be recorded, either written or electronically. One model for organizing and prioritizing patient care needs is Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.
    • 1.3: Initial and Emergency Assessment
      The initial assessment is the first assessment the nurse will do when meeting a patient. An emergency assessment is done whenever a patient’s status has become, or is becoming, unstable.
    • 1.4: Focused Assessments
      Registered nurses do focused assessments in response to a specific patient health problem recognized by the nurse as needing further assessment of a body system or systems.
    • 1.5: Summary

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