NUR 226   HEALTH ASSESSMENT  SYLLABUS

 

DIVISION:    Arts & Sciences                                                                      Date:   January 2014  

 

CURRICULUM IN WHICH COURSE IS TAUGHT:  Registered Nursing

 

COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE:           NUR 226   Health Assessment          

 

Credit Hours:  3        Hours/Wk Lecture:  2             Hours/Wk Lab:           3       Lec/Lab Comb:

 

I.          CATALOG DESCRIPTION:         Introduces the systematic approach to obtaining a health history and performing a physical assessment.

 

II.        RELATIONSHIP OF THE COURSE TO CURRICULA OBJECTIVES IN WHICH IT IS TAUGHT:  This course is designed to teach Registered Nursing students the disease processes and nursing care for the adult patient.  The curricula objectives are incorporated into the content throughout this course.

 

III.       REQUIRED BACKGROUND:  Each student must have successfully completed the following courses:  BIO 231 and 232, MTH 126, and ENG 111 with a grade of C or better.  Each student must be accepted into the Registered Nursing Program.

 

IV.       COURSE CONTENT: 

1.      The interview and the complete health history

2.      Mental status assessment & nutritional assessment

3.      Assessment techniques, general survey, vital signs; and pain assessment

4.      The Physical Examination, Head to Toe Assessment

5.        

V.        LEARNER OUTCOMES

The student will be able to:

 

1.      Apply appropriate interview techniques to obtain a health history.

2.      Demonstrate appropriate physical assessment techniques to collect health assessment data.

3.      Identify between normal and abnormal findings.

4.      Recognize real and at-risk-for health problems based on collected data.

5.      Record findings through appropriate documentation.

6.            Describe the role of the associate degree nurse in collecting and analyzing health assessment data.

 

VI.       EVALUATION

 

Students will be assessed by some combination of quizzes, tests, papers, exams, case studies, NCLEX computerized programs or special projects as determined by faculty.  All students must successfully complete the clinical portion of the course in order to progress.

 

All students must also complete pathophysiology reports and care plans.

 

All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.

VII.     This course supports the following objectives:

DCC Educational Objectives:

Communication

Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Information Literacy

Personal Development

Quantitative Reasoning

Scientific Reasoning