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CODE NUR1206

 
TITLE Client Assessment

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 2

 
DEPARTMENT Nursing

 
DESCRIPTION Students will be trained in the following areas: Interviewing and history taking, Assessment of the Cardiovascular system including evaluation of the circulation, pulses (peripheral & central), blood pressure & organ perfusion, heart sounds & murmurs. Assessment of the Respiratory System including effort and efficacy of breathing, breath sounds. Assessment of the abdomen including: identification of systematic signs associated with intra-abdominal pathology, examination for organ enlargement, assessment of kidney function. Neurological assessment: examination of the twelve cranial nerves, examination of the motor & sensory systems, assessment of co-ordination. Assessment of the major structures in the neck: examination of they thyroid gland, lymph nodes, salivary glands & cervical spine.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit is designed to teach students the clinical skills required to assess a client's health status.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Interpret symptoms and signs correctly in order to plan subsequent care.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Interview a client and write a health history. Conduct a basic assessement of the client's health condition.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Cox C. (2004) Physical assessment for nurses. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Bickley L.S. (2007) Bates' Guide to Physical Examination & History taking (9th edition). Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite qualifications:
Knowledge of Basic sciences

Pre-Requisite Study-unit:
Knowledge of basic human Physiology and Anatomy

Co-Requisite Study-unit:
Introduction to medical and surgical nursing

IMPORTANT

Please note that a pass in the Practical component is obligatory for an overall pass mark to be awarded.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Practical

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Multiple Choice Questions Examination (45 Minutes) Yes 20%
Practical Yes 80%

 
LECTURER/S David Pace

 
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