The Importance of Assessment and Communication as Fundamental Skills of Nursing Practice


  • Babung Ceesay Liverpool John Moores University



Assessment, Chalpelhow, Communication, Parkinson's disease


Chapelhow et al. (2005) stated nursing assessments are non-static. One of the aspects of the nursing assessment procedure is that a set of customised results are agreed, which can be achieved through established teamwork and efficient communication. The Chapelhow Framework was established around six enablers: assessment, communication, risk management, managing uncertainty, record keeping and documentation, professional judgement and decision making. These enablers help healthcare professionals including student nurses to develop their skills to the best of their ability to deliver holistic and person-centred care. This article will discuss two of the enablers: assessment and communication, exploring the importance of effective assessment and communication, and the barriers highlighted in delivering and upholding the duty of care in the health sector.

Author Biography

Babung Ceesay, Liverpool John Moores University

Babs is a second-year adult nursing student. She is respectful, competent, committed and courageous. She wants to contribute to LJMU not just as a student, but also supporting LJMU. Babs has teamed up with Savera UK which is a charitable organisation that provides help to women who are at risk of domestic abuse and harmful practices such as honour-based violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage. Using my experience and skills, I engage with professionals and communities to raise awareness of the impact these issues can have on their health and wellbeing and help make a difference as well as trying to stop  FGM and other harmful practices from  occurring within communities.