DescriptionThe 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.
Taking a history e.g. medical, family, drugs, social etc.
Chapter 2- Symptoms of diseases.
Altered conscious level.
Chapter 3- Examination of the Cardiovascular system.
Peripheral vascular assessment.
Palpation of the precordium.
Auscultation of the heart.
Chapter 4- Examination of the respiratory system.
Peripheral assessment of respiratory disease.
Chapter 5- Examination of the gastrointestinal system.
Peripheral assessment of GI disease.
Inspection/palpation/percussion/auscultation of abdomen.
Digital examination of the rectum.
Chapter 6- Examination of the neurological system.
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.
Examination of hands, shoulders, hips, knees & spine
- Written by a leading expert in the area
- In the ‘Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses’ series
- Integrates theory with practice
- Written from a UK perspective