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Clinical assessment for nurses

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This short course is conducted over two days and is equivalent to 14 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This short course combines theory and practice and is designed for nurses working in all settings who wish to enhance and develop their clinical assessment and communication skills.

Date and location

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

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Fees

RN member $327.00 RN non-member $385.00
EN member $269.00 EN non-member $327.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • explain the nurse’s role in obtaining a comprehensive health assessment
  • perform a systematic comprehensive health assessment and integrate assessment findings for improved team communication and patient care
  • develop strategies that enhance patient safety and outcomes.

Day 1

8.45am

Registration and welcome

9.00am

Recognising the deteriorating patient

risk factors contributing to deterioration

professional accountability

9.45pm

Initiating a clinical assessment 

interviewing techniques; considerations when assessing children, the elderly and NESB patients

primary assessment

secondary assessment

overview of initial patient contact:

care coordination and planning

patient assessment using an assessment tool

documentation of findings and the role of nursing staff in making an appropriate referral

10.45am

Morning tea

11.00am

Integumentary assessment

observation and discussion of skin and nail pathology (including some common infections and immunological disorders)

12.30pm

Lunch

1.15pm

Neurological assessment

practical – inspection – gait – cranial nerves – coordination (during this session we inspect the ear canal and mouth and throat)

documentation of findings

2.45pm

Afternoon tea

3.00pm

Neurovascular assessment

practical – motor and sensory assessment – reflex 

documentation of findings

4.45pm

Summary

 

Day 2

8.30am

Review of day one

9.00am

Cardiac assessment

discussion of risk factors

inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation

cardiac radiology – selected films to highlight pathology

documentation of findings

10.45am

Morning tea

11.00am

Respiratory assessment

inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation

respiratory radiology – selected films to highlight pathology

documentation of findings

12.30pm

Lunch

1.15pm

Abdominal assessment

inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation

abdominal radiology – selected films to highlight pathology

documentation of findings

2.45pm

Afternoon tea

3.00pm

Musculoskeletal assessment

assessment and documentation of findings

musculoskeletal radiology – selected films to highlight pathology

4.00pm

Case studies/reflection

4.45pm

Summary