Health & Physical Assessment in Nursing, 4th edition

  • Cynthia Fenske, 
  • Katherine Dollan Watkins, 
  • Tina Saunders, 
  • Donita D'Amico, 
  • Colleen Barbarito

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Health & Physical Assessment in Nursing covers all the health assessment skills you'll need to think like a nurse. It will help you master the art, science and skills of health and physical assessment for the RN. Taking a holistic approach, the text focuses on assessing the whole person and recognizing the diversity of patients and care settings. It imparts evidence-based knowledge alongside discussions of health, wellness, communication and culture.

The 4th Edition adds three new chapters covering the assessment of pediatric and older patients. The new content prepares students to document both subjective and objective findings. Step-by-step demonstrations of physical assessment techniques in physical assessment chapters will help you translate your skills into practice.

Published by Pearson (September 18th 2020) - Copyright © 2020

ISBN-13: 9780136873099

Subject: Health Assessment

Category: Health & Physical Assessment in Nursing


Brief Table of Contents


  1. Health Assessment
  2. Health and Wellness
  3. Cultural and Spiritual Considerations
  4. Health Disparities


  1. Interviewing and Health History: Subjective Data
  2. Documentation
  3. Physical Assessment Techniques and Equipment
  4. General Survey and Physical Exam: Objective Data
  5. Pain Assessment
  6. Nutritional Assessment
  7. Psychosocial Health, Substance Use, and Violence Assessment


  1. Skin, Hair, and Nails
  2. Head, Neck, and Related Lymphatics
  3. Eyes
  4. Ears, Nose, Mouth, and Throat
  5. Lungs and Thorax
  6. Breasts and Axillae
  7. Cardiovascular System
  8. Peripheral Vascular System
  9. Abdomen
  10. Male Genitourinary System
  11. Female Genitourinary System
  12. Musculoskeletal System
  13. Neurologic System


  1. Pregnant Woman
  2. Infants, Children, and Adolescents
  3. Older Adult
  4. Complete Health Assessment


  1. Standard Precautions for All Patient Care
  2. Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings
  3. Advanced Assessment Techniques

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