After the Head-to-toe Assessment (Nursing)

by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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    00:01 Now, let's take a look about, we've talked a lot about the head-to-toe assessment and what is left.

    00:06 Now, after you perform your head-to-toe assessment, make sure you help the client get comfortable.

    00:12 Now, during this assessment, we've gotten a lot of details.

    00:15 So, prioritize those findings and formulate a plan for the day.

    00:20 Now, it's really important that with assessment, we're going to get a lot of valuable information.

    00:26 So, consult the healthcare provider for any serious findings or something that they need to know.

    00:31 And of course, during this assessment, make sure you allow the client to ask questions and participate in their care.

    00:39 And, lastly, record findings. Documentation's important and also, communication to other shifts and other healthcare providers.

    00:47 Now, three important points to know when we're referring to a head-to-toe assessment and how to perform that.

    00:55 Now, performing assessment in a systematic and organized way is really important in gathering data and of course, don't forget to compare sides.

    01:05 Now, a head-to-toe assessment gives us much detailed information about a client's condition and understanding of how to perform that assessment gives you key information on a change in the client's condition. Thank you for watching.

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    The lecture After the Head-to-toe Assessment (Nursing) by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN is from the course Nursing Assessment: Demonstration.

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    1. The student nurse memorizes the assessment findings to document them at the end of the shift.
    2. The student nurse lets the client know they can ask questions once the student nurse finishes the assessment and the client receives their morning medication.
    3. The student nurse alerts the client’s health care provider of any acute abnormal findings as soon as they’ve finished the assessment.
    4. The student nurse formulates a plan for the day based on the assessment findings.
    1. They provide detailed information about a client’s condition.
    2. They involve comparing one side of the body with the other.
    3. They should be conducted at least once every hour.
    4. They are not a reliable way to assess changes in a client’s status.

    Author of lecture After the Head-to-toe Assessment (Nursing)

     Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

    Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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