The role and function of the nurse is rapidly changing, and nurses are now required to undertake a comprehensive clinical examination of patients, a responsibility traditionally undertaken by a doctor. Clinical Examination Skills is an accessible, introductory guide to helping nurses fulfil this role, enabling them to understand the core skills and knowledge needed to assess patients competently. This practice-based book will be invaluable to pre-registration nursing students and newly qualified nursing staff, empowering them to meet the challenges of autonomous practice.
Phil Jevon is the Clinical Skills Lead/ Resuscitation Office at The Manor Hospital, Walsall. He runs and directs the Resuscitation Council (UK) ALS, ILS, EPLS Courses and still works regularly in the clinical area. A key part of his role is to provide simulation training for medical students on SIMMAN in clinical examination skills - he has recently been awarded honorary Clinical lecturer in recognition of this work. A Consultant Physician will be co-authoring the book. He has over 30 years experience at Consultant level.
Chapter 1- Overview of taking a history and clinical examination. Chapter objectives. Taking a history e.g. medical, family, drugs, social etc. Consent issues. Clinical examination. Documentation. Chapter summary. Chapter 2- Symptoms of diseases . Chapter objectives. Breathlessness. Chest pain. Dizziness. Altered conscious level. Constipation/diarrhoea. Jaundice. Nausea/vomiting. Chapter 3- Examination of the Cardiovascular system . Chapter objectives. History. Peripheral vascular assessment. Pulses, peripheral/central. Blood pressure. JVP. Palpation of the precordium. Auscultation of the heart. Chapter 4- Examination of the respiratory system . Chapter objectives. Respiratory history. Peripheral assessment of respiratory disease. Inspection/palpation/percussion/auscultation. . Chapter 5- Examination of the gastrointestinal system . Chapter objectives. GI history. Peripheral assessment of GI disease. Inspection/palpation/percussion/auscultation of abdomen. Digital examination of the rectum. . Chapter 6- Examination of the neurological system. Chapter objectives. Neurological history. The unconscious patient. Assessment of conscious level. Examination of cortical function & cranial nerves. Peripheral assessment of neurological function Chapter 7- Examination of the skeletal system . Chapter objectives. Skeletal history. Examination of hands, shoulders, hips, knees & spine