Prerequisites: Upper Division standing

Credit Hours: (3) Two hours lecture; two hours laboratory

Course Description:

Focuses on the use of health assessment skills required to perform a systematic health assessment.

Detailed Description of Content of the Course

The objectives and content of this Level 1 Course are derived from the School of Nursing’s philosophy, conceptual framework and the Board of Nursing Baccalaureate Essentials, and facilitate achievement of the School’s program objectives. Ethical, vocational, and legal aspects of nursing are incorporated into course content, including patient rights and professional responsibility, assessment and interventions to prevent abuse, neglect, and abandonment, history and trends in nursing and health care, and regulations and sections of the Code of Virginia related to nursing.  Additionally, the major topics and skills covered in this course are common to major leadership and professional development nursing textbooks, and represent areas covered on standardized achievement examinations and the NCLEX-RN Test Plan. Current research and advancement in theory and clinical practice also determine content.


Topical Outline:
• National Health Priorities
• Holistic Health Assessment
• Growth Measurement and Recording Information
• Nutritional Assessment
• Examination Techniques and Equipment
• Assessment and Recording of Vital Signs
• Skin, Hair and Nails
• Eyes, Ears
• Nose, Throat and Pharynx
• Lymphatic System and Peripheral Vasculature
• Lungs and Thorax
• Heart and Neck Vessels
• Abdomen/ Pregnant Female/Domestic Violence Assessment
• Breast and Axillae
• Musculoskeletal Assessment
• Neurological Assessment and Mental Status
• Female and Male Genitalia
• Anus and Rectum
• Functional Assessment
• Putting it all together-Integrated Physical Exam

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The following teaching strategies will be employed:
•    Lectures, discussion, multimedia, case studies, and lab experiences.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skill in interviewing and communication techniques recognizing the client as a partner to obtain a holistic health history.
  2. Apply knowledge and skill to perform an individualized safe and accurate physical assessment.
  3. Translate and interpret data collected from the client history and physical assessment in a concise, accurate, and logical sequence.
  4. Utilize and demonstrate critical thinking with the ability to integrate the complete history and physical assessment.
  5. Utilize and demonstrate critical thinking by interpreting assessment data and selecting appropriate nursing diagnoses.
  6. Discuss pertinent findings in select body systems occurring across the life-span incorporating the influence of cultural diversity.

Assessment Measures

May include:

• Exams; Quizzes
• Paper
• Project, Individual or Group
• Care Plan
• Oral Presentations
• Class Participation
• Laboratory Activities

Review and Approval

Review the following case study and complete the questions that follow. Submit your completed document to Blackboard using the assignment link.

As a nurse practicing within a family practice, you are interviewing a 55-year-old woman who is an executive assistant at a local law firm, where she has worked for 9 years. She has a 7-year history of respiratory illness, which occurs several times throughout the year, not seemingly connected to the changes in season. She does not use tobacco products in any form. During your questions regarding her home and work environments, she reports that she enjoys working adjacent to the courthouse in a building over 100 years old because it is such a contrast to her brand-new home on a local golf course. When describing the health of her coworkers, she indicates, “We all share illnesses, which seem to affect everyone else during the year; we just seem to be sicker more often!”

  • What information is pertinent to your client’s case?
  • How would you assess your client’s risk?
  • What would be an exposure pathway for your client?

Your document should be 1-2 pages in length, in APA format, typed in Times New Roman with 12-point font, double-spaced with 1” margins, and include at least two citations using references less than five years old.

Course: NURS 340RUBRIC: Vulnerable Populations Presentation Page 1of 3

As nurses in the community, it is important to incorporate evidence-based nursing practices that will demonstrate ethnic identity, cultural awareness strategies, and sociocultural practices of clients in the community.  Public/community health nursing involves working with various Vulnerable Populations as equal partners with a focus on primary prevention and health promotion.

 This assignment includes designing healthcare education for individuals, families, and communities about your vulnerable population.  The overall purpose of this assignment is to 1) increase your ability to research current event in public/community health, 2) increase your understanding of a particular area of public/community health, and 3) critically evaluate what is being done to support this population/community to increase their ability to be healthy event affecting the population/community.   First presentation will be week 3.

 You will present your findings to class in a Poster Board and/or a PowerPoint presentation to the class with class participation. The assignment includes is a reasoned opinion of the vulnerabilities of the population and an exploration of your attitude, thoughts, and beliefs of their health issues. Utilize critical thinking!

The part that I’m responsible for is the part that is highlighted in the Rubric

The Title is about Intimate Partner Violence

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NURS_340 – Rubric: Vulnerable Populations Presentation

NURS_340 – Rubric: Vulnerable Populations Presentation
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePart A: Introduction29.4 to >22.05 pts Exceeds or Meets Expectations A. Clearly states population chosen B. Describes the vulnerable population C. States the current population demographics D. Discusses background of the problem, and its effect on public health E. Discussion includes information about the population in the United States generally, and the state specifically. F. Reference material is current, properly used and cited. 22.05 to >0 pts Does Not Meet Expectations29.4 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCultural, Psychosocial and Socioeconomic Concerns29.4 to >22.05 pts Exceeds or Meets Expectations A. Discusses the cultural background of the selected population and any relevant history pertaining to the population. B. Discusses the psychosocial concerns and/or norms of the population. C. Discusses the economic concerns of the population including, but not limited to, income levels, educational levels and occupation. D. Reference material is current, properly used and cited. 22.05 to >0 pts Does Not Meet Expectations29.4 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSpecific Health Concerns29.4 to >22.05 pts Exceeds or Meets Expectations A. Discusses specific health concerns of the population. B. Information on specific risk factors for target population is presented concisely and accurately. C. Information discussed is current, within the last 5 years. D. Discusses prevention and control of health concerns and risk factors (primary, secondary and tertiary). E. References are current, properly used and cited. 22.05 to >0 pts Does Not Meet Expectations29.4 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeRole of the Public Health Nurse31.5 to >23.63 pts Exceeds or Meets Expectations A. Discusses the role of the public health nurse in caring for vulnerable populations. B. States the core functions of public health and applies it to the care of the specific population. C. Three local agencies/facilities delivering services to the target population are identified and accessibility is described. Services rendered are fully described. D. Additional resources needed in the community are identified. E. References are current, properly used and cited. 23.63 to >0 pts Does Not Meet Expectations31.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePart B: Civic knowledge and Engagement29.4 to >22.05 pts Exceeds or Meets Expectations A. Find a current event happening in the Vulnerable Population/Community B. Briefly and in your own words, summarize content of event C. How does this event affect the Vulnerable Population/Community where the event is occurring? D. What are your thoughts regarding what can/should/or could be done to address the issue? E. How can we go upstream and prevent/decrease this issue from happening. 22.05 to >0 pts Does Not Meet Expectations29.4 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePresentation29.4 to >22.05 pts Exceeds or Meets Expectations A. Maintains eye contact and keeps the audience interested; presents information without reading B. Keeps audience interested and/or allows opportunity for interaction C. Keeps voice clear, audible and understandable. D. Professional appearance E. Method of Delivery: Use of visual aids is appropriate 22.05 to >0 pts Does Not Meet Expectations29.4 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization and Development31.5 to >23.63 pts Exceeds or Meets Expectations A. The presentation is directed toward the appropriate audience, and the tone is appropriate to content and assignment. B. The introduction provides sufficient background on the topic and previews major points. C. The conclusion is logical, and reviews major points. D. Transitions between sections aid in maintaining the flow of thought. E. The content is comprehensive and accurate. 23.63 to >0 pts Does Not Meet Expectations31.5 pts