PNE203 - Health Assessment for Practical Nurses

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Subject Title
Health Assessment for Practical Nurses

Subject Description
This subject builds on the assessment skills already developed. Students consolidate assessment theory in the classroom and practice holistic nursing assessment in the skills lab.

Credit Status
1 Credit towards the Practical Nurse Diploma Program.

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

Upon completion of this course, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Obtain a holistic health history of the adult client, including physical, emotional, psychological, cognitive, social, spiritual, developmental, information and educational status and needs, using appropriate interviewing techniques
  2. Integrate transcultural considerations into health assessment, including Aboriginal and LGBTQ cultures, and demonstrate behaviours that reflect the needs of individuals and acceptance of each person as a unique and diverse individual.
  3. Apply critical thinking and knowledge of anatomy and physiology when assessing and interpreting the results of subjective and objective assessments
  4. Describe and perform the following physical examination techniques in a safe and effective manner; observation, inspection, palpation and auscultation
  5. Use appropriate equipment for health assessment
  6. Perform individualized assessments and interpret assessment data for persons within identified developmental groups in order to differentiate between health assessment findings which are within normal limits and those which are abnormal findings
  7. Use a systematic approach with correct terminology and abbreviations to accurately document and report health assessment findings
  8. Promotes client’s rights by obtaining consent and maintaining client privacy, confidentiality when performing nursing assessments and utilizing client data
  9. Recognize when there is the need to perform a more in-depth assessment and/or involve a more experienced Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) or other health care professionals to complete an assessment and/or interpret assessment data
CNO Entry to Practice Competencies (identified in subject outline and weekly course objectives)
 Demonstrates knowledge in critical thinking and problem-solving skills
 Promotes client’s rights and responsibilities by:
 Obtaining client consent prior to initiating nursing care; 7b. Protecting client’s by respecting confidentiality, privacy, dignity and self- determination as part of the plan of care.
 Reviews literature and collaborates with colleagues and other resources in selecting assessment tools or techniques.
 Demonstrates knowledge of therapeutic communication.
 Analyzes and interprets initial assessment findings and collaborates with the client in developing approaches to nursing care.
 Identifies potential health problems or issues and their consequences for clients
 Provides care that demonstrates an awareness of client diversity.
 Evaluates and refines critical thinking and problem solving in all aspects of nursing care.
 Respects clients’ diversity and decisions
 Identifies one’s limitations in nursing practice and consults others when necessary.

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