The second edition of the Laboratory Manual is designed for use as both a clinical tool and a study guide to accompany Jensen's Nursing Health Assessment: A Best Practice Approach. . Each chapter has a corresponding textbook chapter and contains an objectives summary, reading assignment, vocabulary list (key terms and Abbreviations), study guide, alternative case-study scenarios, sample documentation form/checklist, and physical assessment checklist. The lab manual helps you to understand and apply the content explained in the corresponding textbook. It serves as a guide for clinical work in performing skills related to health assessment, as well as better preparing you for tests and examinations.
The following information outlines the purpose of each section of the laboratory manual:
·Objectives Summary: This brief paragraph explains the main points of the corresponding textbook chapter. It is useful to review both before and after reading the actual assignment.
·Reading Assignment: This paragraph identifies the corresponding textbook chapter from Nursing Health Assessment.
·Vocabulary/Terminology: This section identifies and defines the key terms from the corresponding textbook chapter. Some chapters also include a list of common Abbreviations/acronyms associated with the chapter.
·Study Guide: The Study Guide portion of each chapter includes combinations of Fill in the Blank, Labeling, Matching, Sequencing, Short Answers, and Multiple Choice questions. All these exercises allow students to reinforce knowledge, synthesize concepts, prepare for tests, and ensure their understanding of health assessment and the role of the nurse in caring for patients. An answer key to the Study Guide portion of each chapter is provided at the end of the manual.
·Alternative Case Study Scenarios: These scenarios, tied to the case studies in the textbook, focus on critical thinking. They ask students to consider how responses to patients would change with different assessment data, patient background, medical diagnoses, and other key variables.
·Documentation: Two key components of every chapter help guide students through their clinical experiences. The Form for Use in Practice serves as a quick checklist by which students can ensure that they are covering all key areas of the health history and physical assessment. The Guide for Use in Practice serves as a quick summary of all the techniques of the physical assessment, with normal findings and unexpected findings identified. In this way, students have a handy reference to ensure they are covering all key components of the assessment and also compare results against established benchmarks.