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.


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.

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.

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