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Nursing 340

NURS 340: Health Assessment Throughout The Lifespan

Prerequisites: Upper Division standing

Credit Hours: (3) Two hours lecture; two hours laboratory

Focuses on the use of health assessment skills required to perform a systematic health assessment.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

The objectives and content of this Level 1 Course are derived from the School of Nursing’s philosophy, conceptual framework and the Board of Nursing Baccalaureate Essentials, and facilitate achievement of the School’s program objectives. Ethical, vocational, and legal aspects of nursing are incorporated into course content, including patient rights and professional responsibility, assessment and interventions to prevent abuse, neglect, and abandonment, history and trends in nursing and health care, and regulations and sections of the Code of Virginia related to nursing.  Additionally, the major topics and skills covered in this course are common to major leadership and professional development nursing textbooks, and represent areas covered on standardized achievement examinations and the NCLEX-RN Test Plan. Current research and advancement in theory and clinical practice also determine content.

1. National Health Priorities
2. Holistic Health Assessment
3. Growth Measurement and Recording Information
4. Nutritional Assessment
5. Examination Techniques and Equipment
6. Assessment and Recording of Vital Signs
7. Skin, Hair, Nails
8. Eyes
9. Ears, Nose, Throat
10. Lymphatic System
11. Chest and Lung, Breast and Axillae
12. Heart and Peripheral Vascular
13. Abdomen
14. Musculoskeletal Assessment
15. Neurological Assessment and Mental Status
16. Female Genitalia and Male Genitalia
17. Anus and Rectum
18. Putting It All Together
19. Integrated Physical Exam


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The following teaching strategies will be employed:
•    Lectures, discussion, multimedia, case studies, and lab experiences.

Goals and Objectives of the Course
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1.Accept accountability and applies basic communications skills in interviewing recognizing the client as a partner in obtaining a holistic health history.
2.Accept oneself as independent learner who demonstrates skill in performing a safe an accurate physical assessment.
3.Use standardized terminology and records data collected from the client history and physical assessment in a concise, accurate, and logical sequence.
4. Demonstrate critical thinking with the ability to integrate the complete history and physical assessment using the latest evidenced-based research findings and Standards of Nursing Practice.
5. Demonstrate critical thinking with the ability to analyze assessment data and assign appropriate nursing diagnoses.
6. Describe pertinent findings in select body systems occurring across the life-span incorporating personal, professional and environmental risks as well as the influence of cultural diversity.    
7. Develop an awareness of patients as well as healthcare professionals’ spiritual beliefs and values to evaluate the effect on health status.

Assessment Measures

May include:

• Exams; Quizzes
• Paper
• Project, Individual or Group
• Care Plan
• Oral Presentations
• Class Participation
• Laboratory Activities

The course grade is determined by an evaluation of the extent to which the student meets the stated course objectives. Students must have a minimum of 75% (“C”) in theory, measured through testing. Other written or class participation work will be included in the final grade after the minimum 75% (“C”) has been attained through testing.

Final Grades are a combination of at least 75% (“C”) on both theory and clinical/lab components. Clinical/lab performance must be satisfactory to pass the course.

Other Course Information

Honor Code: By accepting admission to Radford University, each student makes a commitment to understand, support, and abide by the University Honor Code without compromise or exception. Violations of academic integrity will not be tolerated. This class will be conducted in strict observance of the Honor Code. Refer to your Student Handbook for details.

Students with Disabilities: If you are seeking classroom accommodations under the Americans With Disabilities Act, you are required to register with the Disability Resource Office (DRO). The DRO is located in Room 32, Tyler Hall, telephone 540-831-6350. To receive academic accommodations for this class, please obtain the proper DRO forms and meet with me no later than the second week of the semester.
Attendance: For Attendance policies and other course-related requirements, see School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook and Course Description.

Review and Approval

Date Action Reviewed by
April 2006 Undergraduate Curriculum Marcella Griggs, Director
February 2011, Kim Carter, Director