Quote from Aniroc
Were only in our 2nd week of the semester, and already were been thrown into doing basic verbal assessments. We've been practicing on each other, but its so fake and ackward. I would really like to hear an actuall basic assesment being done, but I can't find any audio clips. I have to start using these skills next week, and I don't want to be choppy and look insincere :uhoh21: . Any advice?
Only time and practice is going to REALLY help - IMO.
But try to make it more of a conversation than an "assessment"
or an "interview"
In your clinicals, try to find a nurse that you like and/or think is
a "good nurse" and observe her interactions with the patients.
Your assessments are ongoing, and sometimes just letting the pt.
talk will get all the info that you need (for an assignment, anyway)
Gather as much objective data as you can while talking....
(ie: is speech appropriate? grooming/hygiene ok? etc. etc.)
then start your head to toe physical assessment....
and even while palpating pedal pulses, etc. you
can gather further data from your patient while still "chatting"
Good luck! HTH!
ADN Grad Dec 2005