When I was the admissions nurse in LTC, we always had to do a head to toe assessment on all admissions. What I did was just start at the head and work my way down. Everything that had to do with the head, eyes, pupils, ears, mouth, teeth, mental acuity, etc, then the trunk, bruises, sores, heart, lungs, etc, then the extremities, arms first, to include grip, ROM with each area, neck goes with the head, then the legs. With the legs, you assess ability to stand, balance, condition of feet, pulses, ROM, etc. If you follow this pattern, it is very hard to forget or leave out anything. If you need to, sometimes, sit down and make you a cheat note, listing everything that you will be needing to assess when you do a head to toe assessment. I was told by the other departments that they really liked my assessments because it made their jobs a lot easier because I covered everything in mine.