Assessment of Health and Illness

Course Number: Nursing 152
Credit(s): 4
Type: (1) Lecture, (2) Lab, (1) Clinical
Prerequisite(s): Nursing 210, Biochemistry 212

This course is designed to provide the student with the beginning knowledge and skills needed to assess the health status of individuals from infancy through old age. Emphasis is on the assessment of physical, developmental, psychosocial (cognitive, affective, and behavioral), cultural, and spiritual dimensions of the client. Attention will be placed on distinguishing normal from abnormal findings and judging the functional abilities of the client. State of the art laboratory technologies and diverse clinical experiences provide opportunities to integrate the knowledge and skills necessary for history taking, physical and psychosocial examination, and documentation as well as provide the necessary means to translate laboratory skills into meaningful clinical encounters. Students will apply their communication and assessment skills to the care of patients.