Assessment Tools Analysis
NURS 440 Health Assessment and Promotion of Vulnerable Population
Assessment Tools Analysis Paper
Assessment is the most important skill a nurse can possess to give competent patient care. Broom (2007) states that, “assessment is an integral part of the nursing process during which nurses collect information about the child and family to devise a care plan” (p. 22). Assessment initiates the plan for patient care because the findings from the nursing assessment will initiate the nursing process. Assessment tools are created to gather information about patients. Many assessment tools are available for nurses and other health care practitioners, and each can be used for specific purpose. Hassles and Uplifts Scale, Mini-Mental State Exam and Schoolager’s Coping Strategies Inventory are examples of assessment tools used in different or combination of vulnerable population. The validity, purpose, length, cost and ease of use are factors to consider in utilizing assessment tools.
Hassles and Uplifts Scale
The Hassles and Uplifts Scale is primarily used to measure and study psychological stress and coping. Individuals evaluate everyday experiences of annoyances to positive occurrences. Examples of experiences evaluated are time pressures, work, money, health, and environment. This scale can be useful for working adults, married couples, and college students to assess their vulnerability to daily stressors and their ability to cope. The length of the test is approximately 10-15 minutes, and scoring is easy and direct to the point. The validity may be questionable because some of the wordings are confusing and can be interpreted differently. The cost of the assessment is not documented. (Lazarus & Folkman, 1989)
This assessment tool is very useful for patients diagnosed with anxiety disorder to identify stressors, stress-related health problems, and possible coping strategies. This tool will improve...