Assessment Nursing Class

Assessment Nursing Class Study Notes and Resources for Students

Assessment Nursing Class

Nursing Assessment Class

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Assessment Class Tool Box

Assessment Class Glossary

  • Common words, terms, and phrases encountered in Nursing Assessment Class
  • Arranged alphabetically

Anatomical Landmarks

  • Anterior, posterior, and lateral lines
  • Thoracic landmarks
  • Cardiac landmarks
  • Abdominal landmarks

Charting Document for the Physical Assessment

  • Example form for charting
  • Introductory questions for each section
  • Nurse’s notes

Reflex Assessment

  • Reflex hammer
  • Reflex grading
  • Popliteal and brachial reflexes
  • Corneal reflex
  • Romberg, Weber and Rinne tests
  • Babinski reflex

Nursing Assessment Videos

  • Abdominal nursing assessment
  • EENT nursing assessment
  • Musculoskeletal nursing assessment
  • Neurological nursing assessment

General Physical Assessment

Nursing Assessment Basics

  • Purpose and value of the nursing assessment
  • Nursing assessment as a part of the nursing process
  • Steps of the nursing assessment: interview, observation, palpation, percussion, and auscultation
  • Tools of the trade: using a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, reflex hammer, tuning fork, otoscope, and ophthalmoscope
  • Forms and methods of nursing documentation
  • Common abbreviations and assessment jargon

Head-to-Toe Nursing Assessment

  • Vitals
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Abdominal/ gastrointestinal system
  • Urogenital system
  • Reproductive system
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Integumentary system

Focused Physical Assessment

Abdominal Assessment

  • Focused gastrointestinal system interview
  • Abdominal quadrant classification systems
  • Auscultation of bowel sounds
  • Palpation of the abdomen
  • Percussion of the abdomen
  • Stool output grading
  • Stool specimen and fecal occult blood test (FOBT)

Cardiovascular Assessment

  • Focused cardiovascular system interview
  • Normal and abnormal heart sounds

HEENT (Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat) Assessment 

  • Focused HEENT interview
  • Hair distribution patterns and assessing for nits
  • Eye assessment and PERLA
  • Ear assessment: external ear and tympanic membrane
  • Nose assessment: nasal patency and septum symmetry
  • Throat: mouth, teeth, jaw, uvula, palate, tonsils, and thyroid

Skin Assessment

  • Focused integumentary system interview
  • Normal wound healing
  • Skin integrity and skin breakdown
  • Common types of skin lesions
  • Pressure ulcers

Reproductive Assessment

  • Pre-interview data collection: gathering data from the medical record on family and marital status and medications
  • Focused reproductive system interview
  • Clinical breast examination: methods and positioning for the exam
  • Self-breast exam: teaching the patient when and how to examine her breasts monthly
  • Clinical testicular examination: methods and positioning for the exam
  • Self-testicular exam: teaching the patient when and how to examine his testicles monthly

Pulmonary Assessment

  • Focused pulmonary system interview
  • Auscultation: normal lung and breath sounds tracheal and bronchial sounds, bronchi-vestibular sounds, basilar or alveoli sounds; adventitious lung sounds: crackles, crepitation, pleural rubs, rhonchi, rales, stridor, and wheezes

Musculoskeletal Assessment

  • Focused musculoskeletal system interview
  • Gait assessment and range of motion (ROM)
  • Neurological cues of dysfunction

Neurological Assessment

  • Focused neurological system interview
  • Orientation to self, place, and time
  • Level of consciousness and the Glasgow Coma Scale
  • Speech patterns
  • Cranial nerves

Nutritional Assessment

  • Focused nutritional interview
  • Dietary patterns and weight changes
  • Indicators of good nutrition

Urogenital Assessment

  • Focused urogenital system interview
  • Prostate assessment
  • Urine color, consistency, and amount
  • Signs of urinary tract infections
  • Measuring intake and output
  • Urine specimen collection


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