House Bill 2504 Spring 2011 Course Syllabus RNSG-1300-31 (Health Assessment Lifespan)
Spring 2011 Course Syllabus
RNSG-1300-31 (Health Assessment Lifespan)
|Instructor||Douglas, Mark Eric|
|Course ID #||10583|
|Course Title||Health Assessment Lifespan|
|Course Description||This course focuses on the development in skills and techniques required for a comprehensive health assessment within a legal ethical framework. Students will learn to take patient histories using structured and unstructured data collection tools to obtain physical, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural, familial, occupational and environmental information. They will learn the psychomotor skills necessary to perform assessments that identify health status and monitor change. They will collect, validate, and report data using established assessment tools.|
|Course Prerequisites||BIOL 2401 (143) and BIOL 2401 (144) Human Anatomy and physiology.|
Jarvis, C. (2008). Physical examination & health assessment (5th Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. ISBN: 9781416032434
Jarvis, C. (2008). Student laboratory manual (5th Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. ISBN: 9781416038535
In accordance with the mission of Lamar State College-PA, this course builds on the previous knowledge
to support the development in the student the particular skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success as a registered nurse. Upon completion of RNSG 1300, the student will have had the opportunity to:
1. Explain the purposes of the nursing assessment.
2. Apply guidelines designed to elicit information about the patient's health status.
3. Demonstrate general principles used in approaching patients of various ages to perform a physical
4. Use the appropriate equipment in performing nursing assessments on patients of various a groups.
5. Demonstrate various positioning used for each body system when performing an examination of patients of diverse age groups.
6. Employ general principles of the physical assessment modes of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation.
7. Describe the characteristic physical, cognitive, and psychological development of each phase of the life span: infant, toddler, preschooler, school age, adolescent, young adult, middle adult, and late adult.
8. Evaluate the relationship between cultural beliefs and health behaviors.
9. Relate the importance of the nurse's awareness of patient's beliefs regarding illness causation, methods and outcomes of treatment and fears about illness.
10. Identify the relationship of customs such as diet, communication patterns, family relationships, health and illness patterns and pain to health beliefs.
11. Conduct systematic nursing assessments on patients of various age groups.
12. Apply the physical assessment to the nursing process.
Physical Exam Check offs will begin May 10th. The Comprehensive Final exam is May 17th.
Unit One - TAKING THE HEALTH HISTORY
Interviewing Skills and Techniques
The Health History
Unit Two - HOLISTIC ASSESSMENT
Developmental Assessment Across the Life-Span
Cultural Considerations in Health Assessment
Unit Three - PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT
General Assessment, including Vital Signs
Skin, Hair, and Nails
Face, Head and Neck
Ears, Nose, Mouth, and Throat
Neurological System, including Mental Status
Anus and Rectosigmoid Region
Integration of physical assessment, & Documentation
Unit Four - ASSESSING SPECIAL POPULATIONS
|Attendance Policy||Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. A student who is absent from class for three days may be dropped from the program by the program director.|
|Determination of Final Grade||A final course grade of 75% is required for the student to pass this course. There are three unit exams, a comprehensive final, a genogram project, and lab assignments. All exams count equally at 20%. The genogram and lab assignments count 10% each.|
|Final Exam Date||February 10, 2011 - 12:00 PM|
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