Physical Assessment for Nursing
Physical Assessment for Nursing

Physical Assessment for Nursing

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

Physical assessment is a comprehensive client assessment, focusing on the complete body from head to toe. In order to recognize early signs of life-threatening problems, Nurses have to be experts in the art of physical assessment. Auscultating lung sounds, listening for cardiac murmurs, and assessing a patient’s neurological status are just a few of the skills a nurse needs in clinical practice.

In this course, you’ll learn each of these skills from a nursing expert and practitioners who are currently engaged in hands-on patient care. Physical assessment is the fundamental part of the nurse’s shift. The data collected through this assessment informs the nurse’s clinical judgement and ensures that any acute concerns are discovered, prioritized, and promptly investigated and treated.

A robust and accurate physical assessment requires an understanding of anatomy and physiology. Furthermore, a thorough physical examination is key to providing comprehensive nursing care.

Course Details

  • Videos 43
  • Duration 5:22 h
  • Quiz questions 146
  • Concept Pages 2


Your Educators of course Physical Assessment for Nursing

 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 PhD 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.

Engaging and Informative
By Karl N. on 20. June 2023 for Extended Head-to-toe Assessment (Nursing)

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 pat
By Divine S. on 09. May 2023 for Importance of a Head-to-toe Assessment (Nursing)

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.