A nursing assessment is used to identify a patients current and future needs and is very broad in scope a nursing assessment goes through certain set procedures in order for a nurse to properly evaluate an individual. A nursing assessment is a dynamic process the patient should be able to participate actively in the assessment one of the primary concerns for the assessment should have the optimal function of the patients well being the assessor should use a number of methods the nursing assessment form should be complete. Shift assessment concise nursing assessment completed at the commencement of each shift or if patient condition changes at any other time focused assessment detailed nursing assessment of specific body systems relating to the presenting problem or current concerns of the patient this may involve one or more body system. The nursing assessment is a systematic and structured process utilized by a nurse when collecting a patients set of information this process is also considered as the first phase in the nursing phase and the first step when one is tasked to provide nursing care to the patient
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