RNH100 - RN Health Assessment

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-01-12 13:48:26.613
Last review date 2018-01-12 13:48:26.614

Subject Title
RN Health Assessment

Subject Description

In this online course, students will develop knowledge and skills for the comprehensive health

assessment of clients in all health care settings. Topics emphasized will include communication

techniques, assessment and history taking techniques and systematic physical examination with a review of normal and a focus on the abnormal clinical findings. A unique aspect of this course is the inclusion of family, mental health, and community assessment. Learning opportunities will include discussion, demonstration and in-person practice of skills in the nursing labs.

Credit Status
1 Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

The student will demonstrate the ability to:


·         obtain a comprehensive health history, including psycho-socio-cultural-spiritual assessment.

·         perform a systematic physical examination.

·         describe normal findings across the lifespan, cultures, and races.

·         differentiate between normal and common abnormal findings or differentiating between normal findings and those that require further investigation.

·         Select and apply appropriate assessment techniques based on the concerns presented by the client and their developmental considerations

·         assess the impact of individual situations on the family dynamic and the impact of the family dynamic/situation on the individual.


Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prescribed Texts
Text and other Instructional/Learning Materials
Text Book(s):

Jarvis, C. (2014). Physical Examination and Health Assessment. (Brown, A., MacDonald Jenkins, J., & Luctkar-Flude, M., eds.). (2nd Cdn ed.) Toronto, Canada: Elsevier Mosby.
Required Supplies
Each student is required to have their own stethoscope and pen light. These items can be purchased at the Seneca Campus Bookstore, Newnham Campus.
Prescribed Text
Jarvis, C. Physical examination and health assessment, Latest Ed. W.B. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders (Text Book and User's Guide Package for Health Assessment On-line) ISBN 0-7216-0285-01

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Evaluation Scheme
Health History Interview and Mini Performance Test: The student will independently demonstrate their ability to complete a health history interview and mini assessment to the
professor. The content of this assessment will test the students’ knowledge base on accurate
demonstration of a specific assessment in either the nose, mouth, eye, ear, skin, hair, nail, head, or neck body systems. The student will have 10 minutes to complete this interview and assessment.
Term Test #1: This evaluation will test the student's knowledge level on the assessments learned each week. This test will cover content from weeks 1-6 and will take place in week 7
Term Test #2: This evaluation will test the student's knowledge level on the assessments learned each week. This test will cover content from weeks 7-11 and will take place in week 12
Comprehensive Performance Test:
 This method of testing will take place in weeks 13-14 and will test students’ knowledge on any body system covered in this course.
For the Comprehensive Performance Test, students will be given a case scenario. Based on the
subjective data provided in that scenario, you will select and perform specific physical assessment techniques to gain objective data that will supplement and confirm data already in the nursing history of the case scenario.
Students will be tested in pairs, one student will be the nurse, the other the patient and then will
switch roles. The nurse will be given their case study and can take up to 5 minutes to review and make notes on this. While the nurse is doing this, the other student will take this time to get ready as the patient (change into shorts, capris, T-shirt, or tank top). Once the five minutes are up, the nurse will complete their objective data collection on their partner/patient. You will have 10 minutes to complete your focused assessments. After 10 minutes, the students will switch roles and the same process is repeated.

Modes of Evaluation

Health History Interview and Mini Performance Test 15%
Term Test #1 20%
Lab (demo) Final 30%
Term Test #2 35%
Total 100%


Approved by: Lisa Harfield