NURS70020
Health Assessment and Critical Thinking
Sheridan
 
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
 
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Spring/Summer 2021
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Healthcare
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20210517_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: Access to course materials and assignments will be available on Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (SLATE). Students will need reliable access to a computer and the internet. This course requires student engagement with extensive online instruction and case studies paired with interactive virtual learning activities. The passing grade of the course is 70%.

 
 
Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students utilize critical thinking skills and a systematic and priorities-based approach, combined with key patient data, to effectively perform a comprehensive assessment of an acutely ill adult patient. Students synthesize assessment findings from a client's current complaint and history, diagnostic imaging, and laboratory information to develop a comprehensive problem list and plan of care using a standardized format. Learners demonstrate the ability to interpret and respond appropriately to abnormal assessment findings and integrate accurate physical assessment techniques and principles, and related pathophysiologic and pharmacologic concepts. Successful completion of the course requires the learner to demonstrate an ability to integrate these concepts when performing a effective assessment to develop, implement, communicate, and evaluate an effective plan of care based on clinical priorities.

Program Context

 
Healthcare Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This course is part of the Healthcare cluster of course offerings.


Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course students will have demonstrated the ability to synthesize various sources of clinical information (physical assessment, current complaint and history, laboratory values, diagnostic imaging) into a client-centered plan of care that effectively prioritizes interventions based on the client's clinical status.
 
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Accurately perform a system-based physical assessment using a standardized format on an acutely ill client to identify expected and unexpected findings.
  2. Analyze information from the client history, physical assessment, laboratory values, and diagnostic imaging to recognize clients who are deteriorating and require immediate care
  3. Integrate relevant clinical information from all available data sources, including accurate physical assessment results, to formulate a priorities-based nursing problem list.
  4. Utilize a systematic approach to organize and evaluate all relevant sources of clinical information to make decisions and create a comprehensive plan of care.
  5. Communicate a priorities-based assessment, evaluation, and future nursing problem list and plan, both verbally and in written form, in a clear and concise manner.
  6. Evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions based on established client priorities and adjust the care plan as required to maintain client stability.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: ONLINE
 Case studies (2 x 10%)20.0%
 Quizzes (5 x 2%)10.0%
 Midterm examination (includes theoretical and virtual practice assessment)30.0%
 Final examination (includes theoretical and virtual practice assessment)40.0%
Total100.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL The following protocol applies to every course offered by Continuing and Professional Studies. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the instructor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified date and time. Missed tests, in-class/online activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding Sundays and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. An extension or make-up opportunity may be approved by the instructor at his or her discretion.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


 

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

 
 
Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: Online
Professor: Multiple Professors
Resource(s):
 TypeDescription
RequiredTextbookPhysical examination and health assessment, Jarvis(Eds.), Elsevier Canada, 3rd Cdn. ed, 2018

Applicable student group(s): N/A
Course Details:

MODULE ONE

 

  • Introduction to critical thinking and SBAR
  • Systems-based approach to physical assessment
  • Standardized format: data integration and synthesis
  • Decision making and care planning
  • Evaluation and communication
  • Introduction to online instruction : case studies paired with interactive virtual learning activities.
  • Case study review

 

MODULE TWO

 

  • Neurologic system assessment review
  • Interactive virtual learning activities/demonstration
    • Data analysis, integration, synthesis
    • Decision making, care planning, evaluation
  • SBAR documentation and communication

 

(Quiz 2%)

 

MODULE THREE

 

·Respiratory system assessment review

  • Interactive virtual learning activities/demonstration
    • Data analysis, integration, synthesis
    • Decision making, care planning, evaluation
  • SBAR documentation and communication

 

(Quiz 2%)

(Case Study - SBAR format 10%)

 

MODULE FOUR

 

  • Cardiac system assessment review
  • Interactive virtual learning activities/demonstration
    • Data analysis, integration, synthesis
    • Decision making, care planning, evaluation
  • SBAR documentation and communication

 

(Quiz 2%)

(Midterm exam - Online demonstration 30%)

MODULE FIVE

 

  • GI/GU system assessment review
  • Interactive virtual learning activities/demonstration
    • Data analysis, integration, synthesis
    • Decision making, care planning, evaluation
  • SBAR documentation and communication

 

(Quiz 2%)

(Case Study - SBAR format 10%)

 

MODULE SIX

 

  • Comprehensive assessments
  • Interactive virtual learning activities/demonstration
    • Data analysis, integration, synthesis
    • Decision making, care planning, evaluation
  • SBAR documentation and communication
  • Exam review

 

(Quiz 2%)
 

(Final exam 40%)



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