Nursing Assessment: Theory
Nursing Assessment: Theory

Nursing Assessment: Theory

by Stephen Holt, MD, MS, Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

Proper physical assessment of patients is a cornerstone of nursing knowledge and a fundamental clinical skill. A well-performed physical assessment is how nurses detect small changes in a patient’s condition, which allows the nurse to initiate steps to protect the patient from harm.

In this course, you will learn more about how to perform a head-to-toe physical assessment. We’ll focus on specific details to pay attention to in different regions of the body when assessing certain organ systems.

Course Details

  • Videos 36
  • Duration 4:13 h
  • Quiz questions 120
  • Concept Pages 2


Your Educators of course Nursing Assessment: Theory

 Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Dr. Stephen Holt is the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Primary Care Program at the Yale School of Medicine in Connecticut, USA.
He obtained his MD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2004. Currently, he is Director of the Addiction Recovery Clinic and Codirector of Clinician Educator Distinctions Pathway at Yale School of Medicine.
Because of his achievements, he earned the Faculty Teacher of the Year award from the Yale Primary Care Residency Program in 2009 and 2017.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Holt teaches courses on Physical Examination, Dermatology, and Rheumatology.

 Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN, is a Nursing Educator with extensive experience in the higher education industry and acute care facilities, and currently works as a Nursing Instructor at Rogers State University.
She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Nursing Science from Northeastern State University and her Master's degree in Nursing Education from the University of Oklahoma.
Since 2012, she has been teaching nursing students at various universities across the US, while also maintaining clinical practice as a registered nurse.
Within Lecturio, Samantha Rhea teaches courses on the Fundamentals of Nursing.

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Good but missing a couple key items for AP
By Amanda P. on 07. October 2023 for Assessment of the Breast – Advanced (Nursing)

Thank you for this review! It is a solid refresher. It causes me though to recall that: On initial inspection it is also helpful to have the client raise & lower their arms fully extended & to have them bend forward at the waist wth hands on hips — these offer supplement views to increase the opportunity to visualize retractions or more subtle dimpling or abnormalities. This is also a key time to assess the patient re: regular menstrual breast tenderness, ability to perform SBE & if done regularly and if any concern of discharge (not seen on exam). AND a great opportunity to teach the client &/ at least reinforce the importance of SBE. It offers appropriate opportunity to engage & speak wth the client & build rapport. All keys of advanced practice.

Full of nice details
By Cristina . on 06. August 2023 for Assessment of Peripheral Arterial Disease – Advanced Assessment

Super informative. It all makes sense. It is easy to understand him.

Amazing lecture
By Gesiane S. on 19. February 2023 for Nursing Assessment of the Respiratory System: Theory

She makes so easy to understand the content, direct to the point.

By Rachel B. on 12. November 2022 for Percussion, Tactile Fremitus, and Clubbing – Advanced Assessment

I found this super helpful! I always confuse the different percussion sounds and this made it a lot easier to understand. Thank you, Dr. Holt!!