Physiologic and psychosocial assessment in labor.

C. L. Howe

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-56
Number of pages8
JournalNursing Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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