Physical Assessment –

nur315

(3 credits)

This course builds from previous practical/vocational nurse competencies, knowledge, and skills. It provides the nursing student with the skills in physical, psychosocial, and spiritual assessment of adult clients. History taking and data collection are emphasized. Basic concepts related to assessment of geriatric, pediatric, and childbearing patients are included.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Overview of Physical Assessment Process

  • Identify elements of therapeutic communication as used in the history portion of the physical assessment process.
  • Describe techniques, skills, and appropriate sequencing used in conducting physical assessment.

Variations in Assessment Procedures for Special Groups

  • Describe the importance of assessing growth and developmental stage in the assessment process.
  • Identify specific assessments appropriate for the childbearing client.

General Survey and Vital Signs

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

Skin Assessment

  • Describe assessment findings in clients with skin conditions.
  • Interpret pertinent diagnostic test results and laboratory findings in clients with skin conditions.

Cardiac and Respiratory Assessment

  • Identify normal physical assessment findings for the cardiac and respiratory systems.
  • Identify abnormal physical assessment findings in clients with cardiac and respiratory conditions.
  • Interpret pertinent diagnostic test results and laboratory findings in clients with cardiac and respiratory conditions.

Gastrointestinal (GI) Assessment and Genitourinary (GU) Assessment

  • Identify normal physical assessment findings for the GI/GU system.
  • Identify abnormal physical assessment findings in clients with GI/GU conditions.
  • Interpret pertinent diagnostic test results and laboratory findings with clients with GI/GU conditions.

Musculoskeletal Assessment

  • Identify normal physical assessment findings for the musculoskeletal system.
  • Identify abnormal physical assessment findings in clients with musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Interpret pertinent diagnostic test results and laboratory findings in clients with musculoskeletal conditions.

Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat (EENT) Assessment

  • Identify normal physical assessment findings for the eyes, ears, nose, and throat.
  • Identify abnormal physical assessment findings in clients with EENT conditions.
  • Interpret pertinent diagnostic test results and laboratory findings in clients with EENT conditions.

Neurological Assessment

  • Identify normal physical assessment findings for the neurological system.
  • Identify abnormal physical assessment findings in clients with neurological conditions.
  • Interpret pertinent diagnostic test results and laboratory findings in clients with neurological conditions.

Application of Physical Assessment to Clinical Situations

  • Model appropriate physical assessment techniques based on a given case scenario.
  • Complete documentation of physical assessment findings.

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