Clinical Lab times as assigned
Upon completion of this course the student should be able to
1. Utilize the assessment phase of health of persons and families throughout the life cycle.
2. Identify factors and research related to health promotion and screening for person throughout the life cycle.
3. Identify norms and deviations in health status.
4. Utilize verbal, non‑verbal, and written communication skills for obtaining and documenting assessment data.
5. Develop a personal strategy for performing a head-to-toe physical assessment
Jarvis, C. (2008) Physical Examination & Health Assessment (5th ed.). Saunders: Elsevier ISBN
Jarvis, C. (2008) Physical Examination & Health Assessment (5th ed.) e-pack is mandatory and you will not be able to access the course materials without an access code after a 5-7 day grace period.
Supplies: Assessment Bag (Blood Pressure cuff, percussion hammer, stethoscope, tuning fork, measuring tape, penlight, watch with second hand). Maroon scrubs with patch and name tag.
Evaluation: Students must successfully complete the following course and clinical components to pass:
Unit Exams (4 @ 17.5 % each) 70 %
Final Exam 15 %
Online Quizzes 05 %
Pop Quizzes 05 %
Written Case Study Due at Practicum 05 %
Total 100 %
Clinical Practicum Pass / Fail
Final course average of 74% or greater and a “Pass" on the Clinical Practicum in order to pass the course
Clinical Practicum is a demonstration of a systematic assessment performed in a 30-minute period of time. Students may bring a 5x8 note card to the practicum inclusive of any notes they desire as defined in Lab. Should a student fail to earn a passing grade on the initial attempt on the clinical practicum, an opportunity exists to retest with 2 faculty extenders. Retesting is usually the next day or as Lab scheduling permits. Two testers may be present to evaluate at any time during practicum testing for the purposes of assessing inter-rater reliability. Any time two testers observe a practicum the score will be based on the average of the two grades. Further details regarding the practicum will be provided throughout the semester. Students that have failed the didactic portion of the course and cannot possibly make a passing grade will not be eligible to take the clinical practicum.
Vital signs assessment Learners will be assessed on a simulated manikin on the performance of vital signs using a clinical scenario as part of the clinical assessment during the course as well. Results on the scenario will be shared with current and future faculty to assess learner competency as part of the nursing program’s assessment of the learner’s formative learning needs.
Absences from Lab
Monday clinical Lab Prep time from 3-4 and labs is part of the program clinical hours and attendance is mandatory. Students who miss any clinical are still responsible for performing each nursing assessment skill presented in this course and will need to attend makeup sessions. Students who miss a laboratory session due to illness or compelling family situations must contact the Simulation Center to seek permission to attend another section of the lab. The Simulation Center will determine if they have space and faculty to accommodate the student request. The Simulation Center is located on the 4th floor of United Regional Health Care System Hospital, 8th Street campus. If you are absent for an assigned lab time/day for any reason, you may not accrue bonus points for that day. Frequent absences result in lost bonus points accrued at the faculty discretion.
Students must bring their own lab equipment to assessment lab each week. Students must wear appropriate attire to enable optimal opportunities for assessment and skill development. Male and female students must wear scrubs with nametag (females should wear a sports bra underneath scrubs to allow for examination of the lungs, heart, chest, abdomen, etc.) and shorts.
Students must be current in all required immunizations. Ms. Boomer notifies the Chair of the Nursing Department frequently regarding each student’s level of compliance, and the student must appear on this list as having met all requirements. Failure to do so will result in a grade of incomplete and inability to progress in the program. All immunization documentation is to be taken to Peggy Boomer, RN, BSN, in the Vinson Health Center. The clinical coordinator is available to answer questions related to requirements to include required health insurance.
All beepers and phones are to be muted during both lecture and laboratory periods so that other members of the class will not be disturbed. Students seen sending text messages during class will be asked to leave. Hats are to be removed in the classroom and the lab.