October 2, 2022

Week 8

Week 8: Assessment of the Musculoskeletal System A 46-year-old man walks into a doctor’s office complaining of tripping over doorways more frequently. He does not know why. What could be the causes of this condition? Without the ability to use the complex structure and range of movement afforded by the musculoskeletal system, many of the physical activities individuals enjoy would be curtailed. Maintaining the health of the musculoskeletal system will […]
October 2, 2022

Week 7

Week 7: Assessment of the Heart, Lungs, and Peripheral Vascular System Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the largest cause of death worldwide. Accounting for 610,000 deaths annually (CDC, 2017), CVD frequently goes unnoticed until it is too late. Early detection and prevention measures can save the lives of many patients who have CVD. Conducting an assessment of the heart, lungs, and peripheral vascular system is one of the first steps that […]
October 2, 2022

Week 6

Week 6: Assessment of the Abdomen and Gastrointestinal System On your way home from dinner, you start experiencing sharp pains in your abdomen. You ate seafood—could you have food poisoning? What else might be causing your pain? Appendicitis? Should you head to the emergency room, or should you wait and see how you feel in the morning? Numerous ailments can affect the GI system and the abdomen. Because the organs […]
October 2, 2022

Week 5

Week 5: Assessment of Head, Neck, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat Emily, age 15, is brought to your clinic complaining of chills, aches, and a sore throat. Without any testing, consider all of the possible diagnoses. It could be a cold, the flu, bronchitis, or even something more serious, such as meningitis or mononucleosis. Assessing the actual cause will involve much more than simple visual inspection. Some conditions are so […]
October 2, 2022

Week 4

Week 4: Assessment of the Skin, Hair, and Nails Something as small and simple as a mole or a discolored toenail can offer meaningful clues about a patient’s health. Abnormalities in skin, hair, and nails can provide non-invasive external clues to internal disorders or even prove to be disorders themselves. Being able to evaluate such abnormalities of the skin, hair, and nails is a diagnostic benefit for any nurse conducting […]
October 2, 2022

Module 3

Module 3: Approach to System-Focused Advanced Health Assessments Accessible player What’s Happening in This Module? Module 3: Approach to System-Focused Advanced Health Assessments is a 7-week module that spans Weeks 4–10. In this module, you explore advanced health assessments using a system-focused approach. Assessments such as skin, hair, and nails as well as head, neck eyes, ears, nose, and throat (HEENT) help you to begin considering abnormalities as you move forward […]
October 2, 2022

Week 3

Week 3: Assessment Tools, Diagnostics, Growth, Measurement, and Nutrition in Adults and Children Many experts predict that genetic testing for disease susceptibility is well on its way to becoming a routine part of clinical care. Yet many of the genetic tests currently being developed are, in the words of the World Health Organization (WHO), of “questionable prognostic value.” —Leslie Pray, PhD Obesity remains one of the most common chronic diseases […]
October 2, 2022

Week 2

Week 2: Functional Assessments and Cultural and Diversity Awareness in Health Assessment Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness. —Ola Joseph Countless assessments can be conducted on patients, but they may not be useful. In order to ensure that health assessments result in the necessary care, health assessments should take into account the impact of factors such as cultures and developmental circumstances. Learning […]
October 2, 2022

Module 2

Module 2: Functional Assessments and Assessment Tools Accessible player What’s Happening in This Module? Module 2: Functional Assessments and Assessment Tools is a 2-week module, Weeks 2 and 3. In this module, you consider the impact of functional assessments, diversity, and sensitivity in conducting health assessments. You also explore various assessment tools and diagnostic tests that are used to gather information about patients’ conditions and examine the validity and reliability of […]