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 42
  • Duration 5:11 h
  • Quiz questions 144
  • Concept Pages 1


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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Love how I can retain what she teaches!
By Aries A. on 27. November 2022 for Nursing Assessment: Demonstration

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! ????

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!!

I enjoyed all the lessons
By Tetiwe N. on 04. October 2022 for Nursing Assessment: Demonstration

The tutor was very clear in her explanations and demonstrations were great.

loved it
By gabi b. on 29. September 2022 for Heart Sounds – Advanced Assessment

I did enjoy the lecture and it is useful for medical students as well