Health Assessment


I am in a BSN nursing program, and I am in my first semester of nursing school. I am taking health assessment, and I made a 76 on my first exam. I am very unhappy with my performance on that test. Apart from reading the book and reading the notes, what else can I do to study? I feel like despite my best efforts, I can't seem to remember ALL the information we have. Any suggestions?



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Specializes in Geriatrics, Cardiac, ICU.

Read before class and review notes as soon as possible after. Get online and search for animations and vidoes of health assessment. Practice on anyone you can so you have a practical knowledge of what's being asked.

Get Made Incredibly easy books and use the CD's in your book.

That's what I did first semester and I got an A in health assessment.

shoegalRN, RN

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Oh, I understand EXACTLY how you feel. I, too, am in my first semester of nursing school and got a 77 on my health assessment test. I was bumed for a minute. I think it was because it was the first test and you don't know exactly what to expect. Not to mention, I have a very high test anxiety. The second test I ended up with an 80, so not good but I managed to pass.

Now, I am studying for the Head to Toe final assessment and I am hitting it hard. I figure if I get a 94 on it, I can end up with a B+ in the class. I will get that A in Foundations that start next week.

I say just keep at it. Focus on the objectives if your instructor provides them. Make sure you know how to use your stetoscope correctly and pay attention to the tests that are given when you are testing certain cranial nerves. Make sure you can distinguish between normal and abnormal findings.

Good luck to you!

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