Janet R. Weber ; Jane Kelley
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Health Assessment in Nursing, now in its Fourth Edition, is a comprehensive and visually appealing introductory health assessment textbook designed for RN-level students in ADN and BSN programs. This user-friendly text assumes no prior knowledge of health assessment, making it accessible to students at all levels. As part of a suite of resources, it includes the Lab Manual to Accompany Health Assessment in Nursing, Nurses' Handbook of Health Assessment, and Weber & Kelley's Interactive Nursing Assessment.
The highlight of this Fourth Edition is the updated COLDSPA mnemonic, which serves as a practical guide for students to investigate symptoms effectively. Each chapter demonstrates specific applications of the COLDSPA mnemonic, tying it closely to the content presented in that particular chapter. To enhance understanding, a sample application of COLDSPA is introduced at the beginning of each chapter's Nursing History section, and another accompanies each case study, reinforcing its importance in clinical practice.
One area of particular focus in this edition is the Frail Elderly chapter, which has undergone streamlining to provide a stronger emphasis on the normal variations associated with assessing elderly clients. This update ensures that students are well-equipped to handle the unique health assessment needs of older adults, an increasingly important aspect of nursing care in an aging population.
With its colorful presentation, engaging approach, and practical resources, Health Assessment in Nursing Fourth Edition equips aspiring nurses with the necessary skills to conduct thorough health assessments and make informed clinical decisions. Whether students are beginning their nursing journey or seeking to reinforce their assessment abilities, this text serves as a valuable companion throughout their educational and professional development.