Clinical assessment is a core nursing function and the means by which nurses begin the process of care planning. The goal of this program is to offer the registered nurse an opportunity to update and refresh their general clinical assessment skills to support optimal outcomes and best-practice nursing care. Multiple body systems will be addressed, such as cardiac, neurological and respiratory systems. Participants will have the opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art simulation equipment for this hands-on learning experience. The student must be a registered nurse with an active Iowa license, or, if inactive, must be eligible for re-licensure. Nursing contact hours will be awarded at course completion.
Objectives: 1) Identify the purpose of a comprehensive clinical assessment and how it contributes to patient care, 2) Describe various systems assessments with relationship to cardiac, neurological and respiratory conditions, 3) Discuss common disease states, appropriate assessment techniques and related assessment findings, and 4) Demonstrate and practice proper clinical assessment of the patient.