NUR 550: Advanced Health Assessment

Discipline: Nursing

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the adult learner with the opportunity to develop advanced health assessment skills. Using the nursing process, the adult learner will obtain and interpret health histories and conduct thorough physical examinations with diverse populations across the lifespan. Normal aging is compared to and contrasted with pathological history and examination findings. An introduction to the process of diagnostic reasoning is provided. Health promotion and risk reduction concepts are stressed throughout the course. Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies are explored in light of the various predictors of health (i.e. genomics, socioeconomic situation, culture, and spiritual beliefs). The adult learner is expected to engage in experiential hands-on learning. The students have an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and evidence-based knowledge while practicing health assessment skills in assigned teams.

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