Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsHello I’m Nicky Parker-Summers I am an emergency care nurse with thirty five years experience including an eight year stint with the Army reserve which took me to Afghanistan in 2009. Hello, my name’s Claire Tubbritt, I am one of the advanced clinical practitioners. I have over twenty years working within emergency medicine, acute care and gerontology. I also did some work abroad, working in Australia, Miami, Caribbean and doing medical volunteer stint in India. During this first short course we concentrated on the consultation process. What is involved, the key elements and how we get the most from this short time with our patient. We look at critical thinking and bias and how then we would proceed onto diagnostic reasoning.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 secondsThen we go onto the elements of the physical assessment itself and how we document our findings. We also meet Brian and Mary the screen family whose health journey we follow throughout the program.

Welcome to the course

Watch this video in which Claire Tubbritt and Nicky Parker-Summers, both Senior Lecturers in Advanced Clinical Practice and joint lead educators on this course, introduce you to what you’ll be covering this week: why health assessment is important to nurses.

Throughout the program in Physical Health Assessment we will be exploring the consultation process and the skills needed to perform a complete head-to-toe assessment on an adult patient, with consideration given to paediatric adaptations and mental health issues.

By the end you will have developed a portfolio of evidence to showcase the skills and learning you have acquired.

In this first short course we consider the consultation process, what it involves, what are the key elements and how we can get the most from this short time with our patient.

We look at critical thinking and bias, and how we can proceed to diagnostic reasoning. Then we go on to the elements of the physical assessment itself and how we document our findings.

This week we will:

  • discuss why nurses should perform physical health assessments
  • examine consultation models
  • consider the many factors that influence or support diagnostic reasoning
  • establish the key criteria for good health assessment documentation

This short course is the introductory two-week course for a Program on Principles of Physical Health Assessment which forms part of the MSc Nursing online degree at Coventry University delivered on FutureLearn.


Meet the team

You have two lead educators on this course. Nicky Parker-Summers is MSc Nursing Senior Lecturer in Advanced Clinical Practice and Emergency Care at Coventry University.

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Claire Tubbritt is Senior Lecturer in Advanced Clinical Practice.

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You can follow Claire and Nicky by selecting the link to their FutureLearn profile pages and selecting ‘Follow’. That way, you’ll be able to see all the comments that they make.


Checking your progress …

When you reach the end of a step and have understood everything, click the ‘Mark as complete’ button. This will update your progress page, and will help you to keep track of which steps you’ve done. Any steps you’ve completed will turn blue on your ‘To do’ list.

You can check your progress page by clicking the icon at the top of the step, where you’ll see what percentage of the course steps you’ve marked as complete.


Your task

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This video is from the free online course:

An Introduction to Physical Health Assessment

Coventry University