Physical Exam required for Nursing program....questions!

  1. I have to have a physical exam done this summer before my nursing classes start and a few things on the list I'm very uncertain about.... :/

    Please describe in depth how they test these and approx. how long they take .... it will be greatly appreciated!

    -Mental Status
    -Gastrointestinal
    -Genitourinary (i'm a female)
    -Musculoskeletal
    -Neurological


    THANKS!! )))
    Last edit by Joe V on Apr 15, '13
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   Miiki
    I've never had a physical last more that 20-30 minutes.
  4. by   doxielover304
    Thanks for your input
  5. by   rubato
    Don't worry. It's just a standard physical exam to make sure that you're healthy enough to be a nurse and do the duties you will be required to do. Nothing invasive, just the standard stuff. 30 minutes and you're out of there. We did have to have an updated vaccination list (either titres or proof of vaccinations) and a TB test. I ended up needing a round of Hep B shots and a tetanus.
  6. by   Tait
    My physical was just a basic check-up with a doc the school recommended. Was nothing more than I would consider a sports physical in high school.
  7. by   doxielover304
    I read that the gastrointestinal exam was where they had to stick barium in the rectum... I sure hope thats not true! lol
  8. by   Tait
    Quote from haiden304
    I read that the gastrointestinal exam was where they had to stick barium in the rectum... I sure hope thats not true! lol
    I am pretty sure it's merely palpating for hernias lol
  9. by   Skips
    Quote from haiden304
    I read that the gastrointestinal exam was where they had to stick barium in the rectum... I sure hope thats not true! lol
    Oh, it's definitely not that invasive. You're fine. (:
  10. by   doxielover304
    That would make much more sense, huh? LOL. Thanks! What I read must have been for an exam if the person thought something was wrong with their intestines or stomach or something like that.
  11. by   doxielover304
    Thanks!!
  12. by   JenLahaye
    What school are you attending?
  13. by   doxielover304
    South Ga State College, What about you?
  14. by   JenLahaye
    Me too We're you at orientation Tuesday? And will you be in Waycross or Douglas?

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