Nursing Studies – The Physical Examination

Course Level 1: Introductory

Estimated Study Time: 2-3 hours

The nursing professional plays a key role in supporting both the patient and physician during the procedures and techniques used to perform the physical examination, specimen collection and measurement of patient vital signs to ensure accurate patient diagnosis and corresponding care plan.

The course begins by giving an overview of the systematic approach to conducting an effective physical examination. Components of the physical assessment are based on subjective data from the patient’s complaint and objective data resulting from tests carried out and observations made during the physical examination.

Next, the course teaches about specimen collection which is a more focused series of test procedures to determine the functioning and health status of vital internal organs and body components. Patient vital signs are measured through weight, blood pressure, pulse and temperature readings. These measurements form the basis for other more in depth medical checks that are performed when necessary.

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