Nu325/350 Health Assessment 4 credits
In this course, students will learn to conduct well-organized patient assessments on individuals across the lifespan, building on skills developed in prior courses. Classroom practice focuses on the well individual; clinical experiences focus on individuals with health impairments. After a brief review of the necessity of individualizing patient assessment based on developmental and cultural considerations, students are taught assessment techniques of each body system, including what would be considered normal and abnormal findings. Students are also taught standard methods of documenting health history and physical assessment findings. Experiential learning goals are met when students perform physical examinations on lab partners to gather information about healthy individuals and then perform physical exams on nursing home or home care patients with abnormal physical findings. Methodologies to meet learning goals are demonstration-return demonstration. Non-clinical course. Prerequisite: Nu250 with a minimum grade of C+ or permission of instructor.