Now granted, I'm a cardiac tele nurse and for the most part I do focused assessments. But I still like to get a look from head to toe and besides vs/rhythm, check mental status, heart sounds/apical pulse, lungs sounds, bowel sounds/last BM, peripheral pulses/edema, skin/wound and pain assessments. I can introduce myself and do an entire assessment (all things mentioned above) in 5 mins, 10 if the pt is one of those 'train wrecks'. I want to transfer to the ED soon and let me know if I'm wrong, but I would like to maintain this mode of practice when I change specialties. I understand that if working with a trauma pt the entire focus changes, ie; ABC's (foley always first, however).
Later all, Leash