NUR203 - Health and Healing: Health Assessment

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Subject Title
Health and Healing: Health Assessment

Subject Description
This course will provide students with the basic principles and components of a holistic nursing assessment of individuals across the lifespan. Students will achieve knowledge and skills in communication, interviewing and assessment of the physical status of individuals. Different factors will be explored which affect health assessment including physical, psychosocial, sexual, cultural, spiritual, familial, community and environmental concerns. Students will learn normal and chosen abnormal findings. This course includes two hours classroom and two hours of skills practice in the laboratory environment with human and simulated models.

Credit Status

3.00 units


Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon course completion students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate basic skill in physical assessment of an individual.
  2. Describe normal findings and variations across the life span.
  3. Interpret findings of holistic health assessment, integrating knowledge from nursing and other disciplines.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of therapeutic communication skills.
  5. Demonstrate competence in selected CNO Entry to Practice Competencies.
  6. Practice in a simulated, supervised setting, according to CNO professional nursing standards.

Program Level Goals (Year 1)

  1. Be accountable to the public and practice within the professional standards of nursing.
    1. Recognize an awareness of professional values, personal responsibility, and accountability to practice within current legislation and CNO Standards of Practice.
  2. Enhance health and healing through synthesizing knowledge from nursing and other disciplines in understanding the lived experience of clients.
    1. Enhance health and healing in one or more stable individuals with health/self- care needs, through applying knowledge from nursing and other disciplines while acknowledging the lived experience of self and others to guide assessments, care, and health promotion.
  3. Participate in the ongoing transformation and humanization of health care by incorporating multiple ways of knowing, evidence-informed care and critical- reflective practice.
    1. Demonstrate critical-reflective, client-centred care in simple clinical situations, using multiple ways of knowing in providing evidence-informed care.

  1. Commit to excellence in professional practice through lifelong learning.
    1. Recognize and value personal learning as a professional nurse.
  2. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships within nursing, the interprofessional team and the community.
    1. Initiate relationships by demonstrating respect for and being present with clients, nurses, and other health care providers.
  3. Demonstrate leadership for the advancement of the nursing profession in all domains of practice.
    1. Recognize the image and the contribution of the nursing profession in society and undertake a leadership role in peer groups.
  4. Advocate for and support healthy organizational and public policy to promote health of individuals, families, groups, communities and global populations.
    1. Identify situations where advocacy is indicated, exploring the influences of determinants of health on individuals’ health and wellness.
  5. Provide culturally sensitive nursing care that honours human dignity, respects diversity, and embraces different ways of being.
    1. Recognize diverse and cultural understandings of health and wellness in stable client situations and in the learning environment.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.