nsg330 | undergraduate

Physical Assessment

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This course builds from previous practical or vocational nursing competencies, knowledge, and skills. The course provides the nursing student with skills in physical, psychosocial, and spiritual assessment of patients across the life span. History taking and data collection are emphasized. Laboratory experiences are included to develop an application of anatomy and physiology concepts to body systems. Students are required to successfully complete 30 clinical hours and 8 lab hours to pass the course. Clinical hours include immersive simulation learning.

This undergraduate-level course is 7 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 4
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 7 weeks

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    Skin Assessment

    • Identify specific general survey, vital signs, and skin assessments appropriate for the child, childbearing, aging, and geriatric patient.
    • Identify abnormal physical assessment findings in patients with skin conditions.
    • Determine pertinent diagnostics test results and laboratory findings in patients with skin conditions.
    • Apply knowledge of basic structure and function of the skin while performing a physical assessment.
    • Identify normal physical assessment findings for the skin.

    Thorax and Peripheral Vascular System Assessment

    • Apply knowledge of basic structure and function of the body organs included in assessing the thorax.
    • Apply knowledge of basic structure and function of the peripheral vascular system when performing a health assessment.
    • Identify abnormal physical assessment findings in patients with cardiac, respiratory, breast and peripheral vascular conditions.
    • Determine pertinent diagnostics test results and laboratory findings in patients with cardiac, respiratory, and peripheral vascular conditions.
    • Identify normal physical assessment findings for the thorax and peripheral vascular systems.
    • Identify specific breasts, thorax, cardiovascular, and peripheral vascular assessments appropriate for the child, childbearing, aging, and geriatric patient.

    Gastrointestinal (GI) Assessment and Genitourinary (GU) Assessment

    • Apply knowledge of basic structure and function of the GI and GU systems when performing a health assessment.
    • Identify normal physical assessment findings for the GI and GU systems.
    • Identify specific GI and GU assessments appropriate for the child, childbearing, aging, and geriatric patient.
    • Identify abnormal physical assessment findings in patients with GI and GU conditions.
    • Determine pertinent diagnostics test results and laboratory findings in patients with GI and GU systems conditions.

    Neurological Assessment

    • Apply knowledge of basic structure and function of the neurological system when performing a health assessment.
    • Identify specific neurological assessments appropriate for the child, childbearing, aging, and geriatric patient.
    • Identify abnormal physical assessment findings in patients with neurologic conditions.
    • Determine pertinent diagnostics test results and laboratory findings in patients with neurological conditions.
    • Identify normal physical assessment findings for the neurological system.

    Variations in Assessment Procedures for Special Groups

    • Identify specific assessments appropriate for the child, childbearing, aging, and geriatric patient.
    • Describe the importance of assessing growth and developmental stages in the assessment process.
    • Describe how conceptions of effective health practices can differ among cultures.

    Musculoskeletal Assessment

    • Apply knowledge of basic structure and function of the musculoskeletal system when performing a health assessment.
    • Identify normal physical assessment findings for the musculoskeletal system.
    • Identify specific musculoskeletal assessments appropriate for the child, childbearing, aging, and geriatric patient.
    • Identify abnormal physical assessment findings in patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
    • Determine pertinent diagnostics test results and laboratory findings in patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

    Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat (HEENT) Assessment

    • Apply knowledge of basic structure and function of the HEENT systems when performing a health assessment.
    • Identify normal physical assessment findings for the HEENT systems.
    • Identify specific assessments appropriate for the child, childbearing, aging, and geriatric patient.
    • Identify abnormal physical assessment findings in patients with HEENT conditions.
    • Determine pertinent diagnostics test results and laboratory findings in patients with HEENT conditions.

    Knowledge Integration

    • Describe major concepts in the application of nursing knowledge in clinical settings.
    • Integrate clinical experience with physical assessment knowledge and skills.

    General Survey and Vital Signs

    • Identify components of a general survey.
    • Determine how vital sign data is used to assess changing health status.
    • Identify the components of a pain assessment.

    Overview of Physical Assessment Process

    • Identify techniques used during the interview and assessment processes.
    • Identify the components of a health history.
    • Describe techniques, skills, and appropriate sequencing used in conducting a physical assessment.

    Application of Physical Assessment to Clinical Situations

    • Complete documentation of physical assessment findings.
    • Demonstrate appropriate physical assessment techniques.
    • Determine the anticipated or expected diagnostic tests and laboratory findings for a given case scenario.
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