Health Assessment for Nursing Practice, 5th Edition

Health Assessment for Nursing Practice

5th Edition

By Susan F. Wilson, RN, PhD, CS, FNP, Emeritus Associate Professor, Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas and Jean Foret Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

I. Foundations for Health Assessment

1. Importance of Health Assessment

2. Interviewing Patients to Obtain a Health History

3. Techniques and Equipment for Physical Assessment

4. General Inspection and Measurement of Vital Signs

5. Ethnic, Cultural, and Spiritual Considerations

6. Pain Assessment

7. Mental Health and Abusive Behavior Assessment

8. Nutritional Assessment

II. Health Assessment of the Adult

9. Skin, Hair, and Nails

10. Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat

11. Lungs and Respiratory System

12. Heart and Peripheral Vascular System

13. Abdomen and Gastrointestinal System

14. Musculoskeletal System

15. Neurologic System

16. Breasts and Axillae

17. Reproductive System and the Perineum

III. Health Assessment Across the Life Span

18. Developmental Assessment Throughout the Life Span

19. Assessment of the Infant, Child, and Adolescent

20. Assessment of the Pregnant Patient

21. Assessment of the Older Adult

IV. Synthesis and Application of Health Assessment

22. Conducting a Head-to-Toe Examination

23. Documenting the Head-to-Toe Health Assessment

24. Adapting Health Assessment to an Ill Patient


A. Health History Using Functional Health Patterns

B. Conversion Tables

C. Abbreviations

D. Answer Key