This course focuses on the student's ability to perform a comprehensive health history and physical examination. This skill enhances the student's ability to model the client's world, which is central to effective intervention. The development of a holistic database reflecting an understanding of developmental, sociocultural, environmental, sexual and family influences is emphasized. Further emphasis is on the development of cultural competence, communication skills and health promotion. History and physical examination skills focus on the identification of normal patterns and functions across the lifespan.
- Demonstrate competence in performing and recording a systematic health history and physical examination.
- Discuss the importance of unconditional acceptance when eliciting a health history and performing a physical examination.
- Employ critical thinking strategies to develop nursing diagnoses based on health assessment data and analysis that includes concepts and theories of growth and development, unconditional acceptance, holism, systems and adaptation.
- Identify client indicators of health related to developmental, environmental, sociocultural, sexual, and family influences.
- Identify normal patterns of growth and development based on accepted norms and standards.