An Introduction to Physical Health Assessment
Duration 2 weeks
Weekly study 6 hours
Explore methods of best practice for patient consultations
The ‘head-to-toe’ assessment is considered one of the best ways to quickly determine a patient’s overall condition. As such, it’s an invaluable nursing skill. You will explore assessment methods on this course. You will be introduced to different patients and follow them through their health journey, considering the conditions they may be suffering from.
You’ll be guided through the ‘clues’ you gather – working through a sample head-to-toe assessment to learn best practice diagnosis outcomes for your patients.
What topics will you cover?
Week 1 – An introduction to the principles of health assessment:
consultation and history-taking;
critical analysis and decision-making; and
documentation in health assessment.
Week 2 – An introduction to physical health assessment:
an introduction to the consultation; and
When would you like to start?
Who is the course for?
This course would suit any experienced nurse who wishes to explore methods of best practice for patient consultations.
Who will you learn with?
What's different about this course?
Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.
If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.
Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!