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Health assessment

Course Code: 1000125                College: HOPE School of Nursing  

Semester: Fall                      Intended Students: The second year students

Credits: 2                          Instructor: Zhang Jun (China)

Course Content:

Health assessment is a skill lesson aiming to offer students basic assessment skills as well as understand how to utilize visualization, palpation, percussion and listening to complete the evaluation of a human body and each system included. Students are required to apply nursing process in the analysis of physical abnormality. After completing the course, students are able to familiarize themselves with normal range of different evaluation results, make a complete physical assessment as well as efficaciously use appropriate methods to collect subjective and objective data. 

After completion of the course, the students are able to:

  1. memorize the normal range of physical status and function;
  2. familiarize with the relationship of nursing process and health assessment;
  3. utilize skillfully visualization, palpation, percussion and accusation;
  4. familiarize with the assessment methodologies and content;
  5. apply nursing process to help assess health people, seek potential or existing health problems, as well as make initial nursing care plan.
  6. make accurate judgment regarding the difference of normal and abnormal signs;
  7. identify potential health problems based upon subjective and objective data.


Main course content includes:

  1. the process and skills of conduction health assessment;
  2. what and how to assess different systems of human body;
  3. special assessment requirement for elderly, children and pregnant woman;
  4. Conducting of vital signs and complete health assessment.


Teaching strategies: lecture, video-assisted skill demonstration; in-class demonstration; lab practice and clinical practice


Course Evaluation: Evaluation method: in-class quiz, pre and post-review of course content; skill evaluation; clinical evolution


Textbook: Jarvis, C. (2004). Physical examination and health assessment (4th ed.). St. Louis: Saunders.


List of Recommended References: none

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