Apr 22, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog
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NU 2010 - Health Assessment of the Individual

3 lecture hours 6 lab hours 5 credits
Course Description
This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform health assessments of individual clients, of all ages, using the functional health patterns as a framework. Emphasis is placed on conducting a comprehensive health history using effective communication skills, physical examination inclusive of diagnostic tests and identification of normal lab values. Student are expected to critically reflect on the manner in which their assessments are obtained and communicated. Opportunities are provided to apply assessment skills in a variety of settings. (prereq: CH 2261 , NU 1000 , NU 2000 , BI 256 , BI 1010  (C grade), BI 1020  (C grade), BI 1030  (C grade), BI 2040  (C grade)) (coreq: NU 2320 , NU 290 , NU 2810 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Conduct a comprehensive health assessment of an individual client using the Gordon’s Functional Health Patterns as a framework (Level 2, Nursing Care)
  • Differentiate health assessment techniques appropriate for the developmental level and age of the client (Level 2, Nursing Care)
  • Distinguish normal and expected assessment findings from abnormal and unexpected findings gathered during history intake, physical examination, diagnostic tests, and from lab values (Level 2, Nursing Care)
  • Critically reflect on one’s approach and process to conduct a comprehensive health assessment (Level 2, Critical Thinking)
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills being sensitive to privacy and confidentiality when collecting assessment data from clients (Level 2, Communication)
  • Summarize health assessment findings and accurately record data (Level 2, Communication)
  • Accept personal responsibility and participate in own development toward the role of the professional nurse through acts of integrity, mutual respect, and actively seeking out opportunities to learn (Level 2, Professional Role)
  • Appropriately select and operate biomedical technology to collect assessment data (Level 2, Technology)
  • Discuss relevant nursing literature related to health assessments (Level 2, Evidence Based Practice)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Health Assessment
  • Interview and History
  • Comprehensive Physical Assessment guided by Functional Health Patterns
  • Documentation
  • Health Assessment of the Newborn and infant
  • Health Assessment of children and adolescents
  • Health Assessment of the older adult
  • Health Assessment of the pregnant adult
  • Lab values and diagnostics
  • Summary Analysis of health assessment findings
  • Case studies

Laboratory Topics
  • Grohmann Museum
  • Health History
  • Physical Assessment
  • Off Campus Experiences: Well-Elder, Newborn and Daycare Assessment

Diane Dettinger

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