In this module you will develop skills in structured history taking and undertaking physical assessment. You will learn to apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to the assessment of people’s health status (patients, families and communities).You will also come to interpret findings from the assessment and develop nursing care plans based on enhanced skills.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Discuss how a comprehensive nursing assessment will inform the planning of nursing care.
- Apply knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to bio-psychosocial assessment findings to identify and distinguish baseline normal and abnormal
- Demonstrate appropriate communication and partnership working skills whilst gathering and interpreting a range of relevant information and data to identify health and wellbeing needs
- Articulate the enhanced physical assessment skills and communication skills that nurses need to undertake a structured bio-psychosocial assessment.
Interviewing skills and assessment frameworks for bio-psychosocial assessment (history taking)
Theoretical and practical knowledge about structured physical assessment (inspection, auscultation, palpation) of key body systems.
Assessment and referral pathways for people presenting with mental / psychological distress
Assessment and care planning at individual, family and community levels and considering different backgrounds
Basic understanding of most common diagnostic tests in most prevalent conditions.
Normal and abnormal findings on assessment and applied anatomy, pathophysiology and physiology in relation to key body systems (Neurological, respiratory, cardiovascular, immune endocrine, abdomen and gastrointestinal, renal, musculoskeletal, skin systems).
Introduction to care planning in relation to most prevalent conditions and based on their specific pathophysiology and assessment findings.
Medicines management: Assessing medicine use
Clinical skills sessions:
Taking a structured history
Physical assessment skills
Venepuncture and cannulation
Mental health assessment
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The module is taught using a variety of learning and teaching approaches which may include:
Online virtual care resources
|Practical classes and workshops||11|
|Total study time||187.5|
Resources & Reading list
Ignatavicius D, Workman ML, LaCharity LA, Kumagai CK (2016). Clinical nursing judgment study guide for medical-surgical nursing: patient-centered collaborative care.. Missouri: Elsevier.
Gordon M (2016). Manual of Nursing Diagnosis. Sudbury: Jones and Bartlett learning.
Rushforth H (2009). Assessment made incredibly easy!. London: Lippincott williams & Wilkins.
Jarvis C (2012). Physical examination & health assessment. Philadelphia : Saunders.
This assessment package will enable you to develop your assessment skills through seminars and clinical skills. There will be an examination to test the development of your knowledge of assessment and planning.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Class discussions
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
|Open Book Exam||100%|
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
|Open Book Exam||100%|
Repeat type: External