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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: The Nursing Process
      This section will explain the nursing process as standards of professional nursing practice to provide safe, patient-centered care.
    • 1.3: Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning
      Nurses make decisions while providing patient care by using critical thinking and clinical reasoning.
    • 1.4: Regulations and Standards
      Regulations and standards of nursing assure safe, competent care is provided to the public.
    • 1.5: Nursing Education and the NCLEX
      Nursing graduates must successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to receive a nursing license.
    • 1.6: 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.
    • 1.7: 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.
    • 1.8: 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.
    • 1.9: Summary

    This page titled 1: Health Assessment in Nursing is shared under a CC BY-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Valerie J. Bugosh, Leisa E. McAlicher, & Katherine Zaharchuk.

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