Skin Assessment

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    hey all!


    i'm new here. my name is zach and i'm a beginning nursing student. so far it's been overwhelming and crazy..but i have a lot of friends in my class and we do well supporting eachother so i think we'll make it
    my question on here deals with skin assessments. i have to do other assessments but skin is the one that worries me. we are just 4 weeks into the program and i feel totally unknowledgeable about the skin. i guess my teacher wants me to be pretty thorough about the skin, more thorough than in "real life nursing. however, i just barely have heard of terms like papules, pustules, macules, nodules etc... i've seen a picture here and there but i don't know how to specify everything i see. instead of the name non-technical "bump" in my descriptions of skin, what should i say? i have little supervision doing the assessment so i have to go on my feelings but i want to do it right!! please any suggestions are welcome.


    z
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    First, let me welcome you to the crazy world of student nursing!!

    As far as help with assessment, springhouse has a really excellent book that I use called "Assessment made incredibly easy". This book explains things thoroughly and in easy to understand terms. Hope this helps.
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    Skin Assessment

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    Color

    Albinism
    Vitiligo
    Jaundice
    Carotenemia
    Pallor
    Cyanosis
    Erythema
    Melanin

    Vascular Lesions

    Ecchymosis
    Petechiae
    Spider Angiomas
    Telangiectasia
    Venous Star
    Cherry Angioma

    Moisture

    Temperature

    Texture

    Mobility/Turgor

    Skin Lesions

    Color
    Type
    Pattern, grouping, or arrangements
    Location
    Size
    Mobility/Consistency


    Found this listing at:
    http://ruby.fgcu.edu/courses/80277/skin.html

    I think I would maybe look up the words you don't know, and write note cards for them.

    Good luck!

    Marla


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