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 5:07 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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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

In Depth Cardiac Assessment, But easy to understand
By Jason F. on 29. August 2022 for Assessment of the Cardiovascular System (Nursing)

Outstanding Course. This really demystifies cardiac assessment allowing me to visualize what's going on with the heart, it's valves and its chambers.

By Ismael V. on 21. August 2022 for Assessment of the Cardiovascular System (Nursing)

Este curso me sirve para refrescar conceptos. Me gustó la forma cómo se presentó el tema. Lo recomendarìa a los estudiantes de Medicina.

By Nikki R. on 22. July 2022 for General Bedside Assessment (Nursing)

Thank you???? This is exactly what I needed! My clinical instructor is focusing on assessments. I feel better about doing them now.