Performing a nursing assessment is one of the most foundational nursing skills. Nearly all other types of assessments stem from the head-to-toe assessment. This is how nurses notice when changes occur in patients so that clinicians can act on those changes.
In this course, you’ll see a demonstration of how to perform a head-to-toe assessment and what components make up this type of patient evaluation. We’ll highlight what to look for in different parts of the body, note the normal functions of different organs, and call out important body landmarks.
You will also learn about common expectations when it comes to documenting your assessments in the patient chart for other healthcare clinicians to see.
It was easy to understand, engaging and info packed. A very good resource for review.
A head-to-toe assessment is an essential component of nursing practice, and it involves a thorough physical examination of a patient's body from head to toe. This assessment allows the nurse to gather critical information about the patient's overall health status and identify any potential health issues or risks that may require immediate attention. The importance of a head-to-toe assessment cannot be overstated. It provides a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's physical health, including their vital signs, skin condition, and overall appearance. This assessment can help identify potential health risks, such as changes in the patient's breathing, heart rate, or blood pressure. It can also help identify any abnormal or unexpected findings, such as unusual lumps or bumps, or skin discoloration. A head-to-toe assessment is also essential in developing a care plan for the patient. Based on the findings of the assessment, the nurse can develop a tailored care plan that addresses the patient's specific needs and concerns. This plan may include medication administration, wound care, or other interventions that promote the patient's health and well-being. In conclusion, a head-to-toe assessment is a crucial component of nursing practice. It provides valuable information about a patient's overall health status and helps nurses identify potential health issues or risks that require immediate attention. By conducting a thorough assessment, nurses can develop a personalized care plan that addresses the patient's specific needs and promotes their overall health and well-being.
I like how Sam breaks sections down, doesn’t speak fast (one of the instructors does that I have to skip her for last) talks with simple, easy to understand words. She keeps the words up long enough for me to read them and talks like she’s talking to me not just rambling stuff away. Thank you! ????
The tutor was very clear in her explanations and demonstrations were great.