NURS 201 Intro to Health Assessment
Introduction to Health Assessment provides the basis to gather a health history and to assess the functioning of individuals through the proper use of physical examination techniques. Psychological and cultural assessment is included. The emphasis is on recognition and identification of normal findings. Recognition and identification of common variations for generally healthy people and selected abnormal findings will be introduced. In the past twenty years, nurses have been required to utilize more advanced assessment skills in varied practice settings. As health care becomes increasingly complex, the ability to solve nursing problems, be it at an institution or in a clients home, is paramount to providing good care. The student will learn the principles and techniques of obtaining vital signs, using assessment equipment, and carrying out inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation in the context of body systems. The ability to perform physical examination techniques with competence will be acquired through the lab component of this course. The foundation of an assessment, the health history, and ways to assess an individual?s cultural perspective and psychological status will be addressed. The text serves as a foundation and reference book for learning about health assessment. The workbook helps students test their retention and help learners focus on key concepts. The workbook glossary assists students develop their understanding of vocabulary. The study guide and review questions assist students in identifying areas in which further study is needed. Clinical objectives, instructions, and guidelines for documenting assessment data assists students practice implementing assessment skills. Classroom and lab activities will be more valuable when students read (and re-read as needed) the textbook and complete the workbook.
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