Nursing Studies - The Physical Examination
Learn more about the physical examination that is a fundamental part of nursing practice.
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In order for the nursing professional to devise a correct, accurate and effective care plan for their patients, it is necessary to perform a series of medical tests and evaluations.
This nursing studies course provides the learner with an overview of the vital role of the nursing professional in supporting both the Patient and Physician along with the procedures and techniques applied when performing the Physical Examination, the Physical Assessment, Specimen Collection and measurement of Patient Vital Signs to ensure accurate patient diagnosis and corresponding care plan.
The learner will first gain an overview of the systematic approach to conducting an effective physical examination. Components of the physical assessment provides the learner with an overview of the assessment process which is based on subjective data from the patient's complaint and objective data resulting from tests carried out and observations made during the physical examination.
Specimen collection provides a more focused series of test procedures to determine the functioning and health status of vital internal organs and body components. Patient vital signs are measured through weight, blood pressure, pulse and temperature readings.
These measurements form the basis for other more in depth medical checks that are performed when necessary.
This nursing studies course will be of great interest to all healthcare professionals who would like to learn more about practises and procedures utilised by nursing professionals for the effective diagnosis and treatment of patients in a healthcare setting.
Module 1: The Physical Examination
The Function of the Physical Examination
The Function of the Practical Nurse during the Physical Examination
Positioning of Patient during the Physical Examination
Body Systems Examined and Evaluated
Module 3: The Physical Assessment
Physical Assessment Function and Facts
Appearance and Behaviour Assessment
Components of the Physical Assessment
Assessment of the Cardiovascular and Respiratory systems
Musculoskeletal System and Assessment of the Integument
Module 4: Measuring Vital Signs
Vital Signs measurement of a Patient
Method for taking temperature, pulse and Respiration rate
Vital Signs Blood Pressure Readings
Module 2: Specimen Collection
Module 5: The Physical Examination Assessment
- Cite the purpose of the Physical Examination;
- The role of the Practice Nurse during the Physical Examination;
- Identify the body systems examined during the Physical Examination;
- Identify the Components of the systematic head to toe Physical Assessment;
- The importance of draping your patient during the Physical Exam;
- Evaluation of a patient’s condition and possible need for assistance during the Physical Examination;
- Positioning your patient during the Physical Examination;
- Body systems Examined during the Physical Examination;
- Cite the Supplies, Equipment and procedures that apply to various forms of Specimen Collecting;
- Cite the purpose of the Physical Examination;
- Understand Components of the Physical Assessment;
- Understand the procedure in measuring a Patient's Vital Signs;
- Cite reasons for weighing the Patient;
- Understand how to measure a patient's Vital Signs.
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