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Assessment Tools Analysis Paper
Tricia E Topping
University of Phoenix
Karen Harriman
April 16, 2012
Assessment Tools Analysis Paper 11/13/12 8:13 PM Page 2 of 12 April 16, 2012
Assessment Tools Analysis Paper
Assessment tools are used in nursing to enhance the overall assessment phase of the nursing process. The assessment tools that I have selected to analyze are: The Spiritual Well- Being Scale (SWBS), The Hassles and Uplifts Inventory, and The Well Being Picture Scale (WBPS). After describing each tool and it’s benefits within the nursing process, I will apply them to the vulnerable population of person’s with Down syndrome. Spiritual Well-Being Scale

“The Spiritual Well-Being Scale (SWBS) is a general indicator of perceived well- being” ( During its creation by doctors Ellison and Paloutzian, they found a need for Assessment Tools Analysis Paper 11/13/12 8:13 PM Page 3 of 12 people to be able to describe their thoughts on spirituality in their own terms. This concept gives spiritual followers a greater sense of self worth and a reason to continue their spiritual beliefs. It also gives purpose to the congregation and individual members for continuing to spread the message of their beliefs to others. Having the ability to believe in a higher being, to talk and pray to this entity, empowers a person beyond normal daily activities. It allows for the creation of self peace and guidance in times of trouble. “Being religious or having spiritual beliefs has been linked to improved health and well-being in several empirical studies” (Grow et. all). The SWBS is inexpensive tool and can be utilized by any person or population. It is very simple to use, is self-administered and takes between 10-15 minutes. “It is a paper and pencil survey currently available in both English and...
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