Bates’ Nursing Guide to Physical Assessment and History Taking PDF
Bates’ Nursing Guide to Physical Assessment and History Taking is designedfor undergraduate nursing students.
In this ever changing and diverse healthcare arena, nurses are at the forefront in coordinating and providing holisticcare for the patient in many venues. Assessment is a key nursing functionthat ensures the patient receives optimal care. The text provides assessmenttools to assist the student to obtain a thorough history and perform a com-prehensive physical examination of each patient.
The student will learn how
to ask pertinent questions and recognize verbal and nonverbal cues while
eliciting information related to patient complaints in each body system. The
student will then use these history findings and critical thinking skills to pri-
oritize and guide the physical examination. The subjective and objectivefindings obtained during the assessment will provide the basis for the nursing diagnoses and patient plan of care. Health promotion and disease pre-
vention are highlighted for nurses to incorporate when educating patients,
families, and communities.
Bates’ Nursing Guide helps students build on basic knowledge of human
anatomy and physiology as the lifelong and timeless skills of patient assess-
ment are acquired. Throughout the book, the focus and emphasis is the
“normal” patient. Common or important problems are highlighted rather
than the rare or obscure.
Occasionally, physical signs of rare disorders are
included if they hold a solid niche in classic physical assessment or represent
a disorder that is critical to the life of the patient. Each chapter explicitly
reflects a strong evidence based perspective, listing key citations that closelyalign content with new evidence from the health care literature.
Color helps readers find chapter sections and tables more easily and it highlights insetsof key material and special tips for challenging aspects of examination such
as examining the eye or assessing the jugular venous pressure.