Family Health Assessment

Course Details

Course Number: NURS 3212  Fall 2010

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 108

Days & Times:

Monday 1-3:50

Clinical Lab times as assigned

Course Attachments

Class Schedule  3212 Health assessment Fall 2010 CALENDAR-20120329-152908.pdf


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Jane Leach   
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Course Objectives


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

Course Expectations

 Required Textbooks/Equipment:

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.

Grading Standards

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.

Final Exam12/6/2010  1300

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

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.

  • Items marked with and asterisk * indicates quizzes that can earn Bonus points if completed prior to attendance at regularly scheduled lab times. . 
  • Student’s absence from the Monday Prep time for more than 1 Lab Prep time may forfeit all or part of Bonus Points at faculty discretion. All Prep times missed count toward missed clinical hours.
  • All students must make up Labs missed and a maximum of 2 Labs may be made up unless extenuating circumstances exist.

Other Policies

 Lab Requirements:      

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.

Immunization Requirements

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.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.