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ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF NURSING

HEALTH ASSESSMENT (RN-BSN) NUR 3303 AT1 & AT2

Spring 2017

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ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY

DEPARTMENT OF NURSING

COURSE: NUR 3303 AT1 and AT2

TITLE: HEALTH ASSESSMENT

CREDIT HOURS: THREE (3) HOURS

CONTACT HOURS: THEORY AND PRACTICE 3 HOURS

PLACEMENT: SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL SEMESTER

INSTRUCTORS:

Shelly Daily Office: Dean Hall 224 H Office Hours: Posted on Blackboard Phone: 968-0649 e-mail: sdaily@atu.edu

Jennifer Coleman Office: Dean Hall 224 C Office Hours: Posted on Blackboard Phone: 498-6086 e-mail: jcoleman@atu.edu

COURSE/CATALOG DESCRIPTION:

The student uses the nursing process to assess the client by the utilization of observation, palpation, percussion, and auscultation skills. The language of Health Assessment is taught and methods of proper documentation are emphasized. The course provides guidance in specific assessment techniques and enables the student to recognize normal findings throughout the life cycle. The student collaborates with members of the health care team in the sharing of health findings in order to make a specific nursing diagnosis. Activities are provided which include the community as an aggregate client.

DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT:

Arkansas Tech University does not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, age, national origin, religion, veteran status, genetic information, or disability in any of our practices, policies, or procedures. If you have experienced any form of discrimination or harassment, including sexual misconduct (e.g. sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, domestic or dating violence), we encourage you to report this to the institution. If you report such an incident of misconduct to a faculty or staff member, they are required by law to notify Arkansas Tech University's Title IX Coordinator and share the basic fact of your experience. The Title IX Coordinator will then be available to assist you in understanding all of your options and in connecting you with all possible resources on and off campus. For more information please visit: .

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DISABILITY STATEMENT:

Arkansas Tech University adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to prevent barriers to academic accessibility. If you need an accommodation due to a disability, please contact the ATU Office of Disability Services, located in Doc Bryan Student Center, Suite 171, or visit .

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to be honest and truthful in both classroom and practicum experiences. They are expected to adhere to the Code of Ethics and uphold current standards of care. Students are referred to the Arkansas Tech University Student Handbook for more specific regulations regarding academic honesty.

Students are expected to:

a. Perform their assigned tasks in the practicum experiences. Students should have the permission of the clinical instructor before using assistance from the staff.

b. Notify the instructor immediately of any clinical error made so that steps can be taken to prevent harm to the patient.

c. Present written work that is theirs alone. d. Correctly document any materials from a textbook, pamphlet, journal, etc., that is used

for an assignment. e. Be honest and truthful when writing clinical logs and giving verbal or written reports

regarding patient care or the student's clinical experiences or assignments. f. Only use authorized devices or materials for an examination and not copy from other

students' papers. g. Document material correctly. Plagiarism is defined as stealing and presenting as one's

own ideas or words of another, or not documenting material correctly. Student papers may be evaluated by which can detect plagiarism. For the first occurrence of academic dishonesty, the student will receive an F. If there is a second occurrence, the student will be dismissed from the program. Students are referred to the ATU catalog and handbook for policies regarding plagiarism.

Instructional Resources:

Required textbooks:

ISBN 9780323394758 Jarvis (2016). Health Assessment Online for Physical Examination and Health Assessment (Access Code and Textbook Package), 7th ed., Elsevier)

Student may purchase eBook or hardback but must have online access code.

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Justification/Rationale for the Course The learner progresses toward student learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 by the completion of this course. This upper division professional nursing course provides opportunities for the student to apply knowledge and skills from the general education component and from nursing courses to the care of individuals.

Course Objectives: On successful completion of this course, the nursing student will be able to:

1. Apply techniques to perform a complete history and physical examination. 2. Analyze relevant normal and abnormal findings for a health history and a physical

examination. 3. Define the role of Electronic Health Records in Health Assessment. 4. Apply the techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation to assess the

client. 5. Consistently utilize the language of assessment in describing health findings when

documenting or describing the client's health status. 6. Relate developmental care for a health history and physical examination of a child, older

adult or pregnant woman. 7. Demonstrate and interpret a head to toe physical assessment on an adult.

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Evaluation: 1. Grading Scale

A = 90 - 100 B = 80 - 89 C = 75 - 79 D = 68 - 74 F = 67 and below

2. A grade of "C" or above must be achieved in this nursing course in order to progress in the Nursing Program. Any grade below 75% will not be rounded up.

3. A grade of "I" may be recorded for a student whose work is incomplete due to circumstances beyond the student's control. The student must remove the "Incomplete" from his or her record before progressing to the next nursing course.

4. Examinations will be taken at designated times. If a student cannot take the examination at the scheduled time, he or she is responsible for contacting the instructor as soon as possible to make up the examination. Make-up examinations will be given at the convenience of the instructor of the course and scheduled at a specific time. The makeup examination may be a different exam from the scheduled exam.

Course Grade:

Exams: Unit Test (4) 20% x 4................................................................ 80% Multiple Choice Review Questions .......................................... 5%

Physical Exam Performance............................................................................... 15%

Student Role: Learner, Communicator, Assessor, Advocator, Researcher, Teacher, and Documenter.

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Teaching-Learning Strategies: Lecture and discussion, role play, demonstrating return demonstration, simulation, anatomical models, charts, diagrams, family pedigree, and audiovisual materials.

Teacher Role: Demonstrator, Evaluator, Facilitator, Resource Person, Role Model, Supporter, and Communicator.

CONDUCT OF THE COURSE:

Demonstration of a Physical Examination and Documentation:

1.

Students will secure a non-pregnant adult subject (18 years of age or older) for the

scheduled dates and times. Grade may be reduced for taped assessments arriving

after the due date.

2.

Thirty minutes is allotted for the return demonstration

3.

Genital examination will not be a part of the physical examination.

4.

A copy of the physical exam evaluation may be used during the physical exam

demonstration. Excessive note use during the physical exam may result in up to a

10 point deduction.

5.

Students will be responsible for room set-up prior to performing physical exam

demonstrations.

6.

The physical examination must be submitted in DVD or emailed in described

format. The due date will be indicated on the calendar. Volunteers should wear

shorts and sports bra or tank tops to provide privacy. Please do not send videos

on alternative media.

7.

All students will be expected to practice physical examination skills on their own

time with an adult volunteer.

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