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  1. Health & Physical Assessment in Nursing, Canadian Edition
  2. Techniques of Physical Assessment: NCLEX-RN
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Higginson, R. Respiratory assessment in critically ill patients: airway and breathing. British Journal of Nursing, 18 8 , Hockenberry, M. Hornor, G. Genitourinary assessment: an integral part of a complete physical examination. Journal of Pediatric Healthcare, 21 3 , Howlin, F. Cardiovascular assessment in children: assessing pulse and blood pressure.

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The value and role of skin and nail assessment in the critically ill. Nursing in Critical Care, 11 2 , Respiratory assessment 1: Why do it and how to do it? British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 5 11 , British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 6 11 , Meredith, T. Respiratory assessment 2: More key skills to improve care.

British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 6 2 , Murphy, J. Revisiting developmental assessment of children.

Health & Physical Assessment in Nursing, Canadian Edition

Irish Medical Journal, 5 , Susan, S. The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne. Clinical Guidelines Nursing Toggle section navigation. Nursing assessment.

Techniques of Physical Assessment: NCLEX-RN

Aim The aim of this guideline is to ensure all RCH patients receive consistent and timely nursing assessments. The guideline specifically seeks to provide nurses with: Indications for assessment Approach to assessment in children Types of assessments Structure for assessments Definition of Terms Admission assessment: Comprehensive nursing assessment including patient history, general appearance, physical examination and vital signs.

Introduce yourself to the child and family and establish rapport. Use play techniques for infants and young children. Examine least intrusive areas first i. However the clinical need of the assessment should also be considered against the need for the child to rest.


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For a stable child it may be appropriate to delay assessments until the child is awake. Throughout the assessment process, the nurse should refer any serious concerns to the ANUM and to medical team.


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Admission Assessment An admission assessment should be completed by the nurse with a parent or care giver, ideally upon arrival to the ward or preadmission, but must be completed within 24hours of admission. Temperature : tympanic temperatures for children older than 6 months.

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Less than 6 months use digital thermometer per axilla. Assess any respiratory distress. Heart Rate : Palpate brachial pulse preferred in neonates or femoral pulse in infant and radial pulse in older children. To ensure accuracy, count pulse for a full minute. Blood Pressure : Baseline measurement should be obtained for every patient.

Selection of the cuff size is an important consideration. For neonates without previous hospital admissions do a blood pressure on all 4 limbs. Oxygen Saturation : Monitor as clinically indicated. Note oxygen requirement and delivery mode. Height : as clinically indicated. Head circumference : as clinically indicated.

Blood sugar level BSL : as clinically indicated. Physical assessment: A structured physical examination allows the nurse to obtain a complete assessment of the patient. Assessment information includes, but is not limited to: Primary assessment Airway, Breathing, Circulation and Disability and Focussed systems assessment. Shift Assessment At the commencement of every shift an assessment is completed on every patient and this information is used to develop a plan of care. Circulation: pulses location, rate, rhythm and strength ; temperature peripheral and central , skin colour and moisture, skin turgor, capillary refill time central and Peripheral ; skin, lip, oral mucosa and nail bed colour.

ECG rate and rhythm if monitored. For further information please see the Pain Assessment and Measurement clinical guideline Skin: Colour, turgor, lesions, bruising, wounds, pressure injuries. Children that do not require nutrition assessment should be rescreened every 7 days during their hospital stay. Rescreening should include regular weights and monitoring of nutritional intake.

Output: Assess Bowel and Bladder routine s , incontinence management urine output, bowels, drains and total losses. Focused Assessment: assessment of presenting problem s or other identified issues, e. Risk Assessment: pressure injury risk assessment link to pressure guideline , falls risk assessment link to Falls guideline , ID bands. The diagnostic label is global and requires specification before attempting to determine a goal.

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The interventions are based upon nursing actions. Global Rationale: Nursing interventions are geared to assist in meeting client goals. The prescribing of additional analgesics does not determine the characteristics of the pain and does not offer patient driven information. The reduction of pain and vocalization of pain levels within 3 hours are goal statements, not interventions. Value the need for continuous improvement in clinical practice based on new knowledge.

One of the students questions the instructor how this work will impact hospitalization. Which response by the educator is the most appropriate? Rationale 3: Reduction of hospital costs is the not the primary purpose of Healthy People Rationale 4: Reduction of length of stay is the not the primary purpose of Healthy People Global Rationale: Healthy People presents a year strategy with objectives intended to enhance health and prevent illness, disability, and premature death.

Healthy People is a resource tool for all health care professionals but its purpose is not to provide patient education between the healthcare provider and client. Reduction of hospital costs is the not the primary purpose of Healthy People Assess protective and predictive factors, including genetics, which influence the health of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. Rationale 2: Time frames are an important component of goal statements and provide guidelines for when to evaluate the achievement of the goal.

Rationale 3: The defining characteristics of the diagnosis and the etiology of the diagnosis are components of the diagnostic statement. Rationale 4: This goal statement does not meet criteria as it lacks a time frame. Global Rationale: This goal statement does not meet criteria as it lacks a time frame.

watch Time frames are an important component of goal statements and provide guidelines for when to evaluate the achievement of the goal. The defining characteristics of the diagnosis and the etiology of the diagnosis are components of the diagnostic statement. Which are appropriate goals for the initial health assessment?


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Standard Text: Select all that apply. Predict risks to current health status. Use only objective data to determine client allergies.