The details of physiological and psychosocial assessment are available in many texts, and the techniques are relatively simple. Several assumptions underlie an excellent labor assessment: 1. that the nurse has a thorough knowledge of the physiological processes of pregnancy and labor; 2. that the nurse has a thorough knowledge of the psychosocial implications of pregnancy and labor; 3. that the nurse has the ability to set priorities and balance the focus of her assessment; 4. that the nurse has the ability to refrain from stereotyping the woman in labor; 5. that the nurse does not let her own expectations of feelings and behavior in labor mask what the patient is really experiencing; and 6. that the nurse is willing to follow up, evaluate, and reassess in order to verify her assessments and improve her assessment skills.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Nursing Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Mar 1982|
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