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Nursing Assessments

Assessment involves gathering the data related to a person’s physical, psychological and social status before admission, at the time of admission and following admission to any aged care facility. The gathering of data incorporates the full spectrum of psychosocial, physical and historical data and documenting the findings. This can be very stressful for the individual being assessed and, in order to facilitate a non-threatening approach, it is essential that the process is not overly formal. There is no doubt that conducting a formal assessment in an informal manner is difficult, and this chapter explores how to reconcile informality with the requirement for thoroughness and efficiency in the gathering of information essential for determining the best options for care.

Contents include

  • The nature of assessment
  • Beginning the assessment
  • Assessing the whole person
  • Frameworks for assessment
  • Assessment methods and domains
  • Functional assessments
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Author / Editor Biographies

Sue is a Nurse Consultant and Educator. She has substantial experience working as a clinical, manager and teacher in both the private and public health care sectors. As well, she has worked as Director of Nursing of a residential aged care facility, clinical nursing in corrections health and regular night nursing shifts. She is well known as an informed, humourous and interesting teacher on a range of professional topics relevant to all levels of nursing.

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