nursing assessment

  1. 0 Our class has to write a nursing assessment on a healthy client. Our instructor wants a head to toe assessment. I have mine done I just don't know if it's correct. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

    B/P 120/76
    R 14
    P 86
    T 97.4 AX
    Wt 151
    Ht 5' 4"

    pt is A & O x 3 no distress noted. skin is uniform and dry, apical heart rate loud and strong with no irregularity. Resp normal with no difficulty noted and no abnormal sounds detected. Abd flat with normal BS present in all 4 quads with no tenderness observed. full mobility in all extremeties with a cap refill time <3 seconds. no edema or skin abnormalities heard.


    and in the actual summary i've used the appropriate abbrev.


    Does this read normal or is there some other things that need to be noted or phrased differently???


    Thanks
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  4. Visit  anonymous1919 profile page
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    Any c/o of pain? 1-10?

    Edit- saw no distress noted. I always state no c/o pain, 0 on scale 0-10.. just to be really specific.
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    are PERRLA?
  6. Visit  crazyts profile page
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    quess i forgot the no c/o of pain due to the fact we did our assessments on a a fellow classmate... and the PERRLA we did do but I have no idea how to document it.. I know this sounds crazy but our instructor is strictly a book reader only.. NO EXAMPLES.... I have no idea what i would do without this site and google.... except prob fail the class.... So in advance all help is appreciated... thanks for the advice.....i so need all i can get...
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    And you didn't state hand grasps or pedal pushes either.

    Here is a link to a really good site. You click on the person and it gives you information, then you practice writing an assessment and can compare it to a 100% correct assessment afterwards.

    http://freenursetutor.com/menuparent...ssessment.html

    You will love this site!
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    Quote from crazyts
    quess i forgot the no c/o of pain due to the fact we did our assessments on a a fellow classmate... and the PERRLA we did do but I have no idea how to document it.. I know this sounds crazy but our instructor is strictly a book reader only.. NO EXAMPLES.... I have no idea what i would do without this site and google.... except prob fail the class.... So in advance all help is appreciated... thanks for the advice.....i so need all i can get...
    When documenting PERRLA... just write "A&Ox3, PERRLA," and then continue on with the rest from there. Basically that just say's "Alert and Oriented x3, Pupils equal, round and reactive to light and accomodations".
  9. Visit  crazyts profile page
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    OMG I LOVE THIS WEBSITE.... ALL YOU NURSES ARE SO HELPFULL.... thank you so much!!!
  10. Visit  anonymous1919 profile page
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    And that is so silly that your teacher doesn't give you examples. My teacher gave us a clear outline to look off of when writing assessments. It obviously is good to have everthing memorized.. but as a student and new nurse... you aren't going to remember everything. And that's okay.. because when you're out in the hospital working as a nurse.. you don't have to have it memorized (although you should strive to). There is nothing wrong with having a check off list in your pocket to make sure you are checking everything.
  11. Visit  anonymous1919 profile page
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    My suggestions is to make a check off list to look off of until you get the hang of assessments. I wish I could find the one I used in school to show you. Your teacher will be able to catch anything else you missed.. but I think you have everything once you add what I suggested and last BM (just noticed that too lol).

    Just remember, every teacher is different. I was taught to write it one way in Q2 and another way in Q4. It's very subjective how you write it and teachers will most likely always comment how you can write something differently.. as long as you have everything written down, you're doing good.
  12. Visit  crazyts profile page
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    ok updated assessment... hope this is better...


    A & O x3, no c/o pain, 0 on 0 -10 scale. moves all extremeties with equal strength. Resp even & unlabored, Apical heart rate strong with no abnormalities observed. Lungs clear Ant. and Post. Abd flat, soft and nontender. BS normal x 4 quads. LBM in A.M. Void clear, yellow without difficulty or pain. Cap refill <3. Pedal and radial pulse 3+. Skin warm, dry and mucousa pink.

    and yes i love that nursetutor site... that woulda come in very helpful during A&P.....Everybody in my class will have that website tomorrow....
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    A & O x3, no c/o pain, 0 on 0 -10 scale. moves all extremeties with equal strength. Resp even & unlabored, Apical heart rate strong with no abnormalities observed. Lungs clear Ant. and Post. Abd flat, soft and nontender. BS normal x 4 quads. LBM in A.M. Void clear, yellow without difficulty or pain. Cap refill <3. Pedal and radial pulse 3+. Skin warm, dry and mucousa pink.


    That is a little better.

    0800 Vitals: HR 87, RR 12, T 98.6, BP 120/80.
    A&Ox3, no c/o of pain, 0 out of 0-10, ten being worst pain experienced. Speech is clear, PERRLA. Skin warm, clean, intact, dry and mucousa pink. Moves all extremities with equal strength. Hand graps are equal and strong bilaterally. Lung sounds clear. Respirations even and unlabored. Heart sounds clear and regular. Bowel sounds active in all 4 quads, abd flat, soft, and non-tender to palpation. Last BM 10/10/2010, brown, soft formed. Urine clear yellow with out difficulty or pain. Pedal pulses +3 bilaterally. Cap refill < 3 sec. Patient denies any needs, call light left with in reach. ------Anonymous1919, LPN

    That's how I write out my assessments. I didn't know how else to tell you how to fix certain things with out showing you, so I hope that's okay. I know some would say "Don't do work for other people", but I promise that's not what I was trying to do.
    Last edit by anonymous1919 on Oct 10, '10
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    Oh! I found something else you'll probably like!

    Head-to-Toe Assessment - Page 3- Nursing for Nurses


    Scroll down to knittwhit's comment. She has attached a head-to-toe assessment pocket card. You can print that out and keep it in your pocket to use!
  15. Visit  crazyts profile page
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    i in no way think you are doing my work for me..... I dont know who you are but i swear i could kiss you... and thanks for the link to the head to toe assessment, i had already found it and actually printed it off. Doing the assessment isn't where im having difficulty... its writing the summary.. I've been a cna for 2 years and doing cna summaries are so much different than these summaries.... I did the whole assessment on my classmate and the instructer was there and said we did the physical parts right, then she turned around and said " now write your assessments out" .. And that was the extent of her helping us. she went to her office and sit down.... Our book shows us nothing about writing one out.. I googled it and tried to find examples but all i could find was like patients in a hosp setting assessment. So i just figured I'd try here and see what i could find....Thank you so much... I have worked all weekend and tried finding these on my blackberry while at work with no luck..You my dear are a true nurse.....


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