Assessment Tools Analysis

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Assessment Tools Analysis NUR/440 August 15, 2011 Dee Martinez Assessment Tools Analysis Assessing physical measures of patients can often be a difficult task. However, there are several assessment tools available to health care professionals to guide them in providing the best patient care possible. Along with proper assessment tools, Watson’s theory of human caring plays an important role in the integration of the mind, body, and spirit dimensions of each patient. This paper will state three assessment tools that evaluate a patient’s physical measures, describe each tool and the population for which it may be useful, and state data about each tool. Such data may include cost, length, ease in using the tool, for what population it is best designed, and the validity of the information. A description of how each tool enhances the assessment phase of the nursing process and affects the quality of health care delivered by the nurse will be discussed. Each of these tools will be applied to a chosen vulnerable population researched from the Vulnerable Population and Self-awareness paper. The vulnerable population I researched consisted of the elder population. Mrs. James was my subject. She is a 65-year-old widow who lives alone. She has become socially isolated with little to no support system. She has two sons who live out of state and very rarely keeps in contact with them. She does not work and has limited savings. Currently she relies on social security benefits for her income. She also does not drive and uses public transportation when needed. She has been diagnosed with type two diabetes, hypertension, and atrial fibrillation. “Watson defines the person as a being-in-the-world who holds three spheres of being—mind, body, and spirit—that are influenced by the concept of self and who is unique and free to make choices” (Watson, 1985, p. 254).

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