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Clinical Examination Skills. Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses

  • ID: 2222616
  • Book
  • January 2009
  • 232 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The role and function of the nurse is rapidly changing, and nurses are now required to undertake a comprehensive clinical examination of patients, a responsibility traditionally undertaken by a doctor.
Clinical Examination Skills is an accessible, introductory guide to helping nurses fulfil this role, enabling them to understand the core skills and knowledge needed to assess patients competently. This practice–based book will be invaluable to pre–registration nursing students and newly qualified nursing staff, empowering them to meet the challenges of autonomous practice.
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Chapter 1– Overview of taking a history and clinical examination.

Chapter objectives.

Taking a history e.g. medical, family, drugs, social etc.

Consent issues.

Clinical examination.


Chapter summary.

Chapter 2– Symptoms of diseases.

Chapter objectives.


Chest pain.


Altered conscious level.




Chapter 3– Examination of the Cardiovascular system.

Chapter objectives.


Peripheral vascular assessment.

Pulses, peripheral/central.

Blood pressure.


Palpation of the precordium.

Auscultation of the heart.

Chapter 4– Examination of the respiratory system.

Chapter objectives.

Respiratory history.

Peripheral assessment of respiratory disease.



Chapter 5– Examination of the gastrointestinal system.

Chapter objectives.

GI history.

Peripheral assessment of GI disease.

Inspection/palpation/percussion/auscultation of abdomen.

Digital examination of the rectum.


Chapter 6– Examination of the neurological system.

Chapter objectives.

Neurological history.

The unconscious patient.

Assessment of conscious level.

Examination of cortical function & cranial nerves.

Peripheral assessment of neurological function Chapter 7– Examination of the skeletal system.

Chapter objectives.

Skeletal history.

Examination of hands, shoulders, hips, knees & spine

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Philip Jevon
Gareth Walters
Yi–Yang Ng
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