Nurses of the future need to accurately assess of people of all ages, with varying mental and physical problems, across different settings and within changing health needs. This book introduces nursing students and novice practitioners to different stages of the assessment process. It covers a range of issues including the nurse's role in assessment, how to make sense of patient information, using assessment tools, nursing diagnosis, care planning principles and nursing models, ethical dilemmas in assessment and decision-making in delivering nursing care. The book encourages the development of a person-centered, critical approach rather than an overreliance on assessment tools.
- Linked to the latest NMC Standards and ESCs for degree-level education
- Case studies and scenarios link theory to practice
- Develops higher-level problem solving skills through escalating complexity of scenarios
- Activities help build critical thinking, independent learning and decision-making skills