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Etymology: L, assidere, to sit beside
(in five-step nursing process) a category of nursing behavior that includes the gathering, verifying, and communicating of information related to the client. The nurse collects information from verbal interactions with the patient, the patient's family, and significant others; examines standard data sources for information; systematically checks for symptoms and signs; determines the patient's ability to perform self-care activities; assesses the patient's environment; and identifies reactions of the staff (including the nurse who is performing the assessment) to the patient and to the patient's family and significant others. To verify the data, the nurse confirms the observations and perceptions by gathering additional information; discusses the decisions made by other members of the staff, when indicated; and personally evaluates and checks the patient's condition. The nurse reports the information that has been gathered and verified. Although assessing is the first of the five steps of the nursing process, preceding analyzing, in practice it is integral to effective nursing practice at all steps of the process. See also analyzing, evaluating, implementing, nursing process, planning.

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Q. Regarding risk-factor assessment? Hello, I am……….., I heard ACSM has recently issued a new edition of its exercise guidelines. Were any changes made regarding risk-factor assessment?

A. Are you fitness professional? I understand that you are very much interested in food guidelines. It can be difficult to keep up with the latest guidelines and standards. This is particularly true this year, which has seen new USDA Food Guidelines in January, a revised Food Pyramid in May and, most recently, the release of the 7th edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. The good news is that the ACSM risk factors have been minimally revised. For your reference, here is a summary of what has and has not changed for the 2006 edition.

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6229(a) was intended to create a separate and distinct SOL for assessing partners for partnership items.
Documenting and assessing company-level controls are key to overall compliance with section 404.
Three categories were used to describe the range of critical skills employed in assessing health information.
It is not intended for those assessing a potential mass act of violence.
In reality, when assessing contingent liabilities, it is necessary to address and measure the probability of multiple outcomes.
But unlike New York City, which technically reassesses all properties each year, Nassau County, the state's second largest assessing unit, has not reassessed its more than 415,000 parcels since 1938.
On the tenth day of Christmas, health care gave to me: "Ten nurses caring" (Rita Munley-Gallagher, Senior Policy Fellow, Department of Nursing Practice, the American Nurses Association) Nine process improvements, eight RT's assessing, seven years of CARF-in, six fewer mergers, five fewer m-e-e-t-i-n-g-s
Yet, continually assessing quality of care is, perhaps, the most sound investment SMGP's can make.
A later refinement of assessing family functioning by Power and Dell Orto (1986) suggested that rehabilitation counselors examine four particular areas--family strengths and weaknesses that influence the rehabilitation plan, family reaction to the disability, information the family has concerning the disability or illness as well as expectations held by the disabled family member, and the services needed to enhance rehabilitation.
Assessing information literacy is more challenging then assessing disciplines such as mathematics, because it is a skill that is multi-disciplinary by nature.

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