Estes Health Assessment and Physical Examination,
4th Edition

Pauline Calleja, Karen Theobald, Theresa Harvey

ISBN-13: 9780170463140
Copyright 2024 | Published
896 pages | List Price: USD $107.25

Health assessment is a process that evaluates the whole person as a physical, psychosocial and functional being, whether they’re young or old, well or ill. This market-leading text presents health assessment, physical examination information and skills for health professionals who complete these types of assessments. Health Assessment and Physical Examination takes you from basic concepts to more advanced health assessment. It uses the ENAP (Examine–Normal–Abnormal–Pathophysiology) approach to allow you to collect useful information. A case study at the end of each chapter walks you through an assessment example. The text includes advanced topics as well as ‘Urgent findings’, which highlights serious or life-threatening signs and critical assessment findings that need immediate attention.


UNIT 1- Laying the foundation
1. The nursing role in health assessment and physical examination
2. The health consumer interview approaches incorporating developmental considerations
3. The complete health history including documentation
4. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' health

UNIT 2- Physical examination
5. Physical assessment techniques
6. Examination requirements for every consumer
7. Mental status and neurological techniques
8. Integumentary
9. Head, neck and regional lymph nodes
10. Eyes
11. Ears, nose, mouth and throat
12. Breasts and regional nodes
13. Respiratory
14. Cardiovascular
15. Gastrointestinal
16. Musculoskeletal
17. Genitourinary and reproductive genitalia
18. Anus, rectum and prostate

UNIT 3- Specific lifespan populations
19. The pregnant woman
20. The paediatric consumer
21. The older adult

UNIT 4- Putting it all together
22. Health assessment and physical examination in context

  • Pauline Calleja

    Associate Professor Pauline Calleja RN, PhD, MANP, GCHigherEd, BNSc, DipManagement MACN, FCENA, SFHEA Associate Dean (Nursing) & Head of College Nursing & Midwifery in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Sciences at CQU in Cairns. Pauline is also Consultant Nurse Educator, Retrieval Services Queensland, Department of Health and a Member, International Consortium for Occupation Resilience (ICOR) Pauline’s nursing background has spanned many specialty areas and has included teaching health assessment, physical examination, and clinical reasoning in clinical and academic settings. Pauline has also taught at Griffith, QUT, Uni of the Sunshine Coast, JCU and within various clinical and vocational education settings, and has senior management experience in a remote setting. Pauline is a Fellow of professional associations including College of Emergency Nursing Australasia, and member of CRANAplus, Association of Nursing and Midwifery Leaders and the Australian College of Nursing.

  • Karen Theobald

    Associate Professor Karen Theobald, RN, PhD(Griff), MHSc (Nursing), GCert (HigherEd), BAppSc (QUT) SFHEA Academic Lead Education, School of Nursing; Postgraduate Health Professional Education Study Area Coordinator, School of Nursing, QUT Karen is an experienced nursing lecturer and clinician, teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate tertiary courses. Most of Karen’s teaching is in the areas of acute care nursing, health assessment, advanced life support, and developing teachers’ capacity to enhance learning. A strong focus in her teaching is a commitment to learning through industry collaboration and work-integrated learning. In her present role Karen oversees the strategic direction of learning and teaching in large undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Her research engages in teaching practice, design and delivery of curricula and transfer of clinical reasoning capability.

  • Theresa Harvey

    Theresa Harvey FACN,Nursing Lecturer, SoNMP International Coordinator,Course Coordinator, Master of Leadership and Management in Health Care Theresa has extensive and varied clinical and nursing education experience including tertiary and clinical education, clinical expertise in high-dependency, community, and midwifery practice. Theresa’s research and teaching focus includes health assessment and physical examination, including development of clinical reasoning and supporting undergraduate students’ clinical learning for transition to practice, simulation, developing clinical teaching skills and developing a global perspective for clinical care. She has also taught at Queensland University of Technology and Northern Sydney Area Midwifery School/ Ryde Hospital. Theresa is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing. She is currently completing her PhD.

  • NEW content: the impact of the COVID pandemic on nursing practice, in Chapters 3, 5 and 13

  • NEW and updated policies, standards and statistics at the start of each chapter

  • NEW case studies, including a case related to Covid-19 (Ch 13), Osteoarthritis (Ch 16), Endometriosis (Ch17), Renal calculi (kidney stones) in males (Ch 17)

  • NEW clinical skills content, specifically regarding PPE and safety

  • NEW stand-alone chapter on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

  • Combined chapter on genitourinary and reproductive systems

  • The ENAP approach (Examine – Normal – Abnormal – Pathophysiology) provides students with a tool to collect useful assessment information. This is colour-coded for consistency so that students and instructors can see right away where everything fits together. Advanced material is coded in a separate colour

  • Applied health history case study (i.e. a worked case) in every chapter walks students through an entire assessment for each of the body systems in an authentic context, ensuring person-centered care and not focusing on observational assessment data alone

  • The impacts of the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) pandemic on health assessment appear throughout the text, along with evidenced-based, up-to-date quality and safety in health care information, the use of personal protective equipment, and infection control, along with related case studies so that students can apply critical thinking in context

  • Reflection in practice introduces realistic clinical situations and ethical controversies to encourage students to question issues in a personal context as well as to stimulate critical thinking, effective decision making and active problem solving

  • End-of-chapter worked case studies demonstrate how to apply critical thinking skills to real-life scenarios. These follow the structure of the health history, provide detailed consumer (patient) profiles and make use of the evaluation and clinical reasoning cycle to demonstrate the approach/process

  • 'Clinical reasoning' cycles explain the decision-making process to develop and enhance students’ clinical judgement skills; these include a practice tip icon if the content offers tips on how to get better results from the clinical reasoning process

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