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Nursing Studies - The Physical Examination - Revised 2018

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Learn about patient care, and the procedures and techniques used in modern nursing.




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The nursing professional plays a key role in supporting both the patient and physician during the procedures and techniques used to perform the physical examination, specimen collection and measurement of patient vital signs to ensure accurate patient diagnosis and corresponding care plan.

The course begins by giving an overview of the systematic approach to conducting an effective physical examination. Components of the physical assessment are based on subjective data from the patient's complaint and objective data resulting from tests carried out and observations made during the physical examination.

Next, the course teaches about specimen collection which is 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 course will be of great interest to all healthcare professionals who would like to learn more about advanced nursing practices and procedures in the physical examination, specimen collection and measurement of patient vital signs. It will also be of interest to learners who are interested in a career in nursing.

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After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the purpose of performing a physical examination.
  • Discuss the factors to consider when working with diverse patient groups i.e. older patients and Infants.
  • Discuss the principles, procedures, supplies, and equipment used to obtain different sample types.
  • Discuss the reasons for obtaining a blood culture and the supplies equipment required.
  • Identify the basic techniques used in performing a physical assessment.
  • Discuss how to effectively interview your patient to gather subjective and objective medical data.
  • Discuss types of Blood Pressure and their Physiologically impact
  • Identify anatomical sites where the blood pressure may be taken.

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