HEALTH ASSESSMENT

HEALTH ASSESSMENT COURSE

This course prepares RN to BSN students to synthesize the comprehensive health assessment. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition, processing, and interpretation of data collected from clients of all ages. A physical, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual approach supported evidence-based practices is used to assess the client and to incorporate consideration of the client’s needs, state of wellness, developmental level, and response to life experiences. Students also evaluate current health policy and technology to support health assessment to improve community health.

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COURSE DESIGN
This course prepares RN-BSN students to synthesize comprehensive health assessment through reading and processing a range of media covering topics including the lifespan, special groups, and body systems. The methods of learning include participation in threaded discussions, completion of written assignments, and undertaking virtual health assessments using Shadow Health, an integrative, interactive tool that allows student to access and communicate with a virtual patient and provides feedback reports to enhance assessment skills. Activities progress through assessments of various systems to a full assessment of an individual.

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to
1. Identify physical, social, economic, and environmental factors that influence the health status of clients and families.
2. Describe the effectiveness of health assessment techniques for collecting age-appropriate data.
3. Apply evidence-based practices to support and educate variants of a health assessment that address wellness beliefs, values, and practices within a community.
4. Evaluate current health policy and technology to support health assessment and improve community health.

COURSE MATERIALS
REQUIRED TEXT
Weber, J. R., & Kelley, J. H. (2014). Health assessment in nursing (5th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott William & Wilkins.

REQUIRED RESOURCES
Articles
Ahacic, J. A. (2016). A look at eating disorders. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy! 14(2), 28-37. doi:10.1097/01.NME.0000479864.48566.ad
Arritt, T. (2014). Caring for patients of different religions. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy! 12(6), 38-45. doi:10.1097/01.NME.0000454746.87959.46
Barr, E. M., Goldfarb, E. S., Russell, S., Seabert, D., Wallen, M., & Wilson, K. L. (2014). Improving sexuality education: The development of teacher-preparation standards. Journal of School Health, 84(6), 396-415. doi:10.1111/josh.12156
Gavin, V. R., Seeholzer, E. L., Leon, J. B., Chappelle, S. B., & Sehgal, A. R. (2015). If we build it, we will come: A model for community-led change to transform neighborhood conditions to support healthy eating and active living. American Journal of Public Health, 105(6). pp. 1072-1077. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302599
Hood, W. A., & Kate, V. (2015). Nutritional status assessment in adults. Medscape. Retrieved from http://emedicine.medscape.com
Maher, R. L., Hanlon, J. T., & Hajjar, E. R. (2014). Clinical consequences of polypharmacy in elderly. Expert Opinion on Drug Safety, 13(1). doi:10.1517/14740338.2013.827660
Murphy, K. (2015, March/April). Getting to the bottom of PTSD. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy! 13(2), 34-43. doi:10.1517/14740338.2013.827660
Glassman, P. (n.d.). Health literacy. Retrieved from http://nnlm.gov
Province of British Columbia Ministry of Health. (2009). A guide for collaborative structured communication. Retrieved from http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/conducting-health-research-evaluation/health-and-human-services-library
Pullen, R. (2014). Communicating with patients from different cultures. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy! 12(6), 6-8. doi:10.1097/01.NME.0000454772.77545.13

Multimedia
BuzzFeedYellow. (2015, November 17). 13 Heartbreaking confessions of domestic violence survivors [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1K_tx4pJ2A&feature=youtu.be
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2008, August 7). Break the silence: Stop the violence [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/3wDeLX0vQMI
Nevco Educational Video Inc. (Producer). (2003). Improving your observation and documentation skills in nursing [Video file]. Retrieved from https://fod.infobase.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?token=43827&wID=100753&plt=FOD&loid=0&w=640&h=480&fWidth=660&fHeight=530
Shadow Health [Web application]. (2016). Retrieved from http://www.shadowhealth.com

Web Pages
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/std/healthcomm/fact_sheets.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014, April 8). Preventing pregnancies in younger teens. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns

Websites
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. (http://www.anad.org/)
Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. (http://www.ricadv.org/en/)

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES
Articles
Cichminski, L., & Bellomo, T. (2012). Why me? Bullying and the answer to an age-old problem. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy! 10(3), 5-9. doi:10.1097/01.NME.0000413351.28682.bc
Davis, C., Shuss, S., & Lockhart, L. (2014). Assessing suicide risk. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy! 12(1), 22-29. doi:10.1097/01.NME.0000438409.07755.e3
Rogers, T. (2009). Hospice myths: What is hospice really about? Pennsylvania Nurse, 64(4), 4-8. Retrieved from http://www.worldcat.org/title/pennsylvania-nurse/oclc/2449507

Multimedia
Cheerbabyxo118. (2013, November 21). Pain assessment [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwKkWKUJc5Q&feature=youtu.be
Gonsher Vinik, D. (Writer & Producer), & Vinik, D. (Director). (2014). I believe in you: Faiths’ response to intimate partner violence [Video file]. Retrieved from https://fod.infobase.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?token=55230&wID=100753&plt=FOD&loid=0&w=640&h=360&fWidth=660&fHeight=410
Mayo Clinic. (2013, June 5). Teen suicide prevention [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/3BByqa7bhto
The StayWell Company (Producer). (2010). Vital signs: Know your numbers [Video file]. Retrieved from https://fod.infobase.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?token=52802&wID=100753&plt=FOD&loid=0&w=640&h=360&fWidth=660&fHeight=410

Web Pages
Hunger in America. (2016). Retrieved from http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/
National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) announces a change in terminology from pressure ulcer to pressure injury and updates the stages of pressure injury. (2016, April 13). Retrieved from http://www.npuap.org
WebMD. (2014). Substance abuse and addiction heath center: Substance abuse. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/substance-abuse