Physical Assessment for Nurses: Selected Elements

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Instructor: Gail Mazzocco , RN, EdD

Length: 4-8 hours, based on the systems selected

This flexible program will review basic physical assessment techniques for nurses. Each AHEC may select between 3 and 6 specific systems to be included in the program, based on the needs of that AHEC’s nursing population. The AHEC may select from the following systems: the skin, head and neck, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal or neurological systems. Using a workshop format, participants will briefly review essential anatomy and physiology of the selected systems, observe a demonstration of physical examination techniques for those systems and then practice those techniques. Common health deviations will be reviewed.

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least three health history questions that are pertinent to each of the systems selected. 
  • Describe the significant anatomy and physiology of the selected systems.
  • Recognize four techniques that are a part of an adult's health assessment.
  • Accurately use those techniques to assess the selected systems in an adult.
  • Distinguish between normal and abnormal findings for each of the selected systems.
  • Identify at least three common abnormal findings for each selected system.

Audience: RNs in both in and out patient settings who would benefit from a review of fundamental assessment skills. This flexible program may be adjusted to the needs of a specific group.