Nurses of the future need to accurately assess people of all ages, with varying mental and physical problems, across different settings and with changing health needs. This book introduces student nurses and novice practitioners to the assessment process enabling them to identify patient problems in order for solutions to be planned and implemented.
Linked to the NMC Standards and Essential Skills Clusters for degree-level education, and with detailed case studies and scenarios demonstrating practical application of key theory, the book encourages critical thinking and urges students to consider the social, cultural, psychological and environmental factors as well as the physical symptoms that may be present when making assessments.
Lioba Howatson-Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, where she teaches on preregistration, postregistration and Masters level courses. She has taught at the University since 2003 and has a particular interest in reflective practice and person-centred care. Her research interests include nurses' learning and inclusion of carers' perspectives within patient assessment. Lioba has published on these and other clinical topics since 1999 and completed a PhD in Education in 2010. Dr Mooi Standing is an independent nursing and educational consultant with over 40 years' experience that includes: i) practising mental health and adult nursing in a range of hospital and community settings; ii) lecturing pre-registration and post-registration nursing students from certificate to Masters level and presenting scholarly papers at international nursing conferences; iii) researching how nurses develop clinical decision-making skills and publishing articles, books and chapters on this topic for nursing students, registered nurses and advanced practitioners; and iv) providing external consultancy in curriculum development and quality enhancement of nursing programmes both nationally and internationally. Mooi is currently a Series Editor for Learning Matters/SAGE Publications' `Transforming Nursing Practice' books, an accredited Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Quality Assurance reviewer of nursing educational programmes, and a Professional Regulator as a Panellist on the NMC Practice Committee. After qualifying as an RN in 1986, Sue completed a Diploma in Community Healthcare and worked as a District Nurse until 1997. She then took a post at Canterbury Christ Church University as a Nurse Fellow, before taking on her current role as a Senior Lecturer in 2000. She also has a BSc (Hons) in Community Health Care and an MA in Applied Social Science. Her professional interests include Primary Care, Public Health and Tissue Viability.
Introduction Person Centred Patient Assessment and Practice Understanding Our Role in Patient Assessment Making Sense of Patient Information Assessment Tools Nursing Diagnosis Care-Planning Principles Relationship of Nursing Models to Care Planning Ethical Aspects of Patient Assessment Dilemmas Community Health Needs Assessment Patient Assessment and Decision-Making