Nursing Assessment Essay

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Breathing is an activity of living that is essential in order for other activities of living to be achieved with ease. Individuals are not usually aware that they are breathing, and it should be effortless. When breathing becomes difficult, an assessment must be undertaken by a nurse in order to make a nursing diagnoses. Once the assessment is completed, interventions are put in place in order for the health issue to be corrected, and an evaluation is done to examine whether or not the interventions were successful. If unsuccessful, the assessment process is repeated. This essay will discuss the information that should be gathered during an assessment, and the possible interventions that may be put in place to correct the issue.

Florence Nightingale had a definition of nursing published in 1859, which was that nursing is “to put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon him” (Rosdahl & Kowalski 2008, p. 3). During a nursing assessment, there are multiple factors that must be taken into consideration. Peate, (2010, p. 156-157) says these factors are biological,
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Cultural competence is defined as “a set of congruent behaviours, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system or agency among professionals that enable effective interactions in a cross-cultural framework” (Taylor & Crisp 2008, p. 119). If a patient feel disrespected by their healthcare professional, they may be uncooperative, or may refuse treatment and not return to the healthcare facility. Patients who feel safe and respected may be more likely to continue use of the healthcare system, as opposed to patients who feel unsafe and discriminated against. It is for reasons such as these that a patient’s sociocultural status must be taken into consideration whilst a breathing assessment is being undertaken (Peate 2010, p.
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