Outline: RNH100



RN, Certificate of Competence from College of Nurses of Ontario

Topic Outline

  • Holistic Health  Assessment
  • Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Interviewing and Examination 
  • Nutrition and GI Assessment
  • Skin, Hair and Nail Assessment
  • Head, Neck, Mouth, Nose, Throat, Sinus Assessment
  • Eye and Ear Assessment
  • Breast and Regional Lymphatics Assessment
  • Thorax and Lung Assessment
  • Head and Neck Vessel Assessment
  • Cardiovascular Assessment
  • Peripheral Vascular and Lymphatic Assessments
  • Abdomen, Anus and Rectum Assessments
  • Musculoskeletal Assessment
  • Genitourinary Assessment
  • Neurological Assessment
  • Psychosocial Assessment
  • Integration of the Health Assessment
  • Practical Session(s)

Modes of Instruction

1. Classroom

a. Lectures

b. Videos

2. Nursing practice lab - simulated practice (students work in pairs or triads):

a. Creative experiential activities

b. Reciprocal learning.

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

Reference Materials

Health Assessment On-Line http://evolve.elsevier.com

Barkauskas, V. Stolenberg-Allen, K. Baumann, L. Daring-Fisher, C. Health and Physical Assessment
Bates, Barbara, Physical Assessment, 5th ED. Lippincott Co., Toronto, 2001.

Estes, Mary Ellen, Health Assessment and Physical Examination Geissler, J. Cultural Assessment, 2nd Ed. Mosby Co., St. Louis, 1998

Geissler, J., Cultural Assessment, 2nd ed. Mosby Co., St. Louis. 1998

Seidel, H. Ball, J., Dains, J. Benedict, G., Guide to Physical Examination, 3rd Ed. Mosby, Co. Toronto, 1995

Sims, L. D'Amico, D., Stiesmeyer, J., Webster, J. Health Assessment in Nursing, Addison-Wesley, Don Mills 1995

Thomson, June, Wilson, Susan, Health Assessment for Nursing Practice, Mosby, Toronto, 1996

Weber, Janet, Kelley, Jane Health Assessment in Nursing Lippincott-Raven Publishers Philadelphia, 1998

Modes of Evaluation

Assignment - Health History Interview
Midterm Test 20%
Lab (demo) Final 30%
Final Exam 35%
Total 100%

Grading Policy

A+ 90% - 100% 4.0
A 80% - 89% 4.0
B+ 75% - 79% 3.5
B 70% - 74% 3.0
C+ 65% - 69% 2.5
C 60% - 64% 2.0
D 55% - 59% 1.0
F 0% - 54% 0

Note: A minimum grade of "B" must be obtained in this course in order to pass. Students must pass each and every mode of evaluation with a B grade or higher in order to pass this subject otherwise a grade of F is assigned.

Approved by, ____________________________
                      Lisa Somers, Chair 
                      Community Services & Health Sciences

Last Reviewed:  Summer 2011