Activity 9.1: Critical thinking

Considering the NMC Code (2015), which specific areas illustrate the importance of the nursing assessment for patient care?

Think back to Chapter 3 (Knowledge Link) and consider the professional values that can be linked with assessment.

Items 1, 2 and 3 of the Code (2015) specifically address the importance of patient assessment.

Patient assessment allows the nurse to be the patient’s advocate, thereby allowing patient autonomy. It allows nurses to put the needs of the patient first in order to deliver safe and effective care.