Health Assessment : The Foundation Of Nursing Essay

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Introduction: Health assessment is considered as the foundation of nursing (Altman, Kerestzes, Wcisel & Altman, 2010) because it is the first step mentioned in the nursing process. The activities in health assessment may include the collecting, confirming, organizing, interpreting and documenting patients’ data so that health providers will be able to produce nursing diagnosis thus enable them to treats their patients efficiently (Daniels, 2004). It is also mentioned that health assessment can be define as the collection of objective data (Altman, Kerestzes, Wcisel, & Altman, 2010). There are two types of data that can be collected through health assessment; subjective data and objective data. Subjective data is the information obtained from the patient’s point of view such as their concerns, feelings and perceptions whereas objective data is the information that can be obtained through laboratory and diagnostic testing, observation or physical examination and vital signs (Daniels, 2004). In this assignment, author will be using the Roper, Logan & Tierney’s model of nursing (2002) as an aid in assessing the chosen patient’s needs by referring to the 12 basic activities of daily living. The 12 basic activities of living listed in the Roper, Logan & Tierney’s model of nursing are maintaining a safe environment, communication, breathing, eating and drinking, elimination, washing and dressing, controlling body temperature, mobilization, working and playing, expression of
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