Semester: Fall, Spring
Prerequisites: BIO 242, BIO 244, NUR 103 and CHM 124 or MIC 201, PSY 113, any WRT course, and nursing math test.
Catalog Description: Introduces the techniques of history taking and systematic health assessment of individuals across the life span. Recognition of normal findings is emphasized.
This course is designed to teach students how to obtain a comprehensive health history and perform a thorough physical examination in order to determine a client's health status, predict health risks and identify health promotion activities. Student learns to identify the signs and symptoms of the client's response to illness by differentiating normal from abnormal findings.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
This is a team taught course, which consists of two components: a lecture portion and weekly laboratory session. The lab will provide an opportunity to practice history and physical examination techniques on classmates and patient mannequins.
Students must demonstrate both their theoretical knowledge of the content via the course exams and their ability to perform a complete history and physical examination on a client in order to pass the course.
The topics covered in the course include:
This course is taught by multiple instructors, please refer to the URI Course Schedule.
This is a required nursing course that lays the foundation for developing patient assessment skills. Patient assessment is a key function of the professional registered nurse. Assessment differentiates the registered nurse from other nursing personnel.