i've got some good links for you to check out. more reading--of course! however, it helps cement in what you are learning when you read what others are saying about the same things in a little bit of a different way. the first three links are about the nursing process. if you have a care plan book, or know of someone who has one that you could borrow for an hour or two, the nursing process is often discussed in the very first chapter(s) of these books, since care plans are the written expressions of the nursing process, something which you will be learning to do very soon. i am also giving you some very good links to medical school sites with physical examination help. three have videos you can view. the other two have pictures along with explanations at the site. i suggest you bookmark these links for future reference. you may find them a valuable resource as you work your way through the assessment of the various body systems. you should also check out this thread on the nursing student assistance forum http://allnurses.com/forums/f205/hea...ms-145091.html
as it has other links to sites to help you with physical assessment as well as the ones i've given you below. i also included a link to a new site i found recently that has some good pointers on studying and being a nursing student that was written by nursing students as well as a site that advises nursing students how to study for nursing tests and how to answer those application type questions on them. good luck with your next exam!
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- nursing process & critical thinking. a site for nurses from our canadian friends. you will find links on the left side of the home page to information on taking histories and assessments (all part of the nursing process). bookmark this site!
- the nursing process from the nursing school at macmurray college in jacksonville, illinois. a presentation on how this particular nursing school presents the nursing process to it's nursing students with case study examples.
- this is a connecticut state department of mental retardation nursing standard that puts in writing what the nursing process is. just included it, because it is so precisely written.
- the physical exam - this site is set up for medical students, but nursing students can learn from it as well. this link takes you to a page of links to the various parts of the body to be examined. when you link into a body part you will find an explanation of the method to examine that site and what is normal, a button at the bottom labeled "abnormal" will bring up information about abnormal findings during examination of that site. there are also some photographs with some of the pages. the "knowledge" button gives you a little outline breakdown of the pathophysiology going on. a fourth button, "self eval" is a list of test questions--remember these are designed for medical students, so don't feel badly if you miss a few. this is from loyola university medical school.
- a very nice site to help with doing physical assessments of patients from the university of california, san diego. explains how to examine the various parts of the body and has lots of photographs showing abnormal conditions and how to assess for them. there are two examples of how to write up your h&p findings on the site as well.
- these are videos of physical examination procedures from ucla
- videos of physical examination procedures from the university of florida
- videos of physical examination procedures from the university of virginia
- this is a website maintained by the nursing students at lane community college in eugene, oregon. for study and learning tips specific to nursing students click on "tips for learning" at the left side of this home page.
- study skills for the nursing student from daytona beach community college nursing department with some good advice.
- test taking skills also from daytona beach community college nursing department. a couple of sample questions and how to chose the correct answer for these application type questions.