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Title: A Person-Centred Approach to Assessing the Nervous System
Contributor(s): Byfield, Zachary  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2020
Early Online Version: 2019-10-16
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  • Describe the anatomy, physiology and functions of the nervous system.
  • Identify specific topics for consideration during a health history assessment interview of a person with a neurological disorder.
  • Explain techniques for assessment of neurological function, including examinations of mental status, cranial nerves, sensory nerves, motor nerves, cerebellar function and reflexes.
  • Identify manifestations of impairment of neurological function.
  • Describe normal variations in assessment findings for the older adult.
  • Conduct and document a health history for a person with or at risk of alterations in the neurological system.
  • Conduct and document a physical assessment of neurological structures and functions.
  • Perform specific neurological assessments for people with suspected meningeal irritation and for people who are disoriented or comatose.
  • Monitor the results of diagnostic tests and report abnormal findings.
  • Cotton balls
  • Safety pin
  • Tongue depressor
  • Tuning fork
  • Reflex hammer
  • Pencil and paper
  • Penlight
  • Printed materials
  • Substances to test the senses of smell and taste

The nervous system coordinates body functions, muscle movements, senses, mental abilities and emotions. It collects information from the internal and external environments as sensory input, processes and interprets the input and causes responses that are manifested as motor or sensory output.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: LeMone and Burke's Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking for Person-Centred Care, p. 1484-1509
Publisher: Pearson Higher Education
Place of Publication: Malaysia
ISBN: 9781488623288
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920210 Nursing
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200307 Nursing
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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