Syllabus for NUR-516

ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT

 


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course focuses on the acquisition of advanced health assessment and clinical reasoning skills. Students apply the diagnostic (clinical) reasoning process to develop a comprehensive plan of care for patients in a variety of settings throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on advanced health assessment skills, health promotion, disease prevention, and risk assessment.

COURSE TOPICS

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After successfully completing this course, the student will be able to: 

CO1

Utilize advanced health assessments skills to develop comprehensive plans of care appropriate to the physical, developmental, cultural, spiritual, and ethnic needs of patients;

CO2

Apply the clinical  reasoning process to develop a plan of care that is appropriate to the patient’s developmental, cultural, spiritual, and ethnic considerations;

CO3

Synthesize data from advanced health assessment to develop health promotion strategies for patients in a variety of settings throughout the lifespan;

CO4

Analyze a patient’s genomic profile to develop a plan of care for health promotion and disease prevention; and

CO5

Utilize health informatics technologies to obtain data, improve decision making, and evaluate evidence used to prevent and treat illness.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbooks are available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct. 

 

Required Textbooks

 

Shadow Health™ Advanced Health Assessment Course

Ten assignments in the course require you to use the Shadow Health Advanced Health Assessment course. Access to the Advanced Health Assessment course will be provided through a Shadow Health Assignments link located in the top section of the NUR-516 main course page. When you click the link (LTI connector) for the first time, you will be redirected to a paywall that will ask you for a one-time payment. Once you have made your payment, you will have access to the Shadow Health course and can navigate to specific assignments through the Student Dashboard.

Additional Resources

Please see the additional resource section of the course Web site for a list of additional course resources.

Required Assessment Equipment

COURSE STRUCTURE

Advanced Health Assessment (NUR-516) is a three-credit online course, consisting of 12 modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

 

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1 and 2

 

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, and 4

 

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

 

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

 

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, 3, and 4

 

Course objectives covered in this module include CO3 and 4

 

Course objectives covered in this module include CO3, 4, and 5

 

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, 3, and 4

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, 3, and 4

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, 3, and 4

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, 3, and 4

Course objectives covered in this module include CO1, 2, 3, and 4

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums and physical assessment video forums and to complete Shadow Health assignments and written assignments. See below for more details.

 

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Online Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in 13 graded discussion forums. Discussion forums address a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1 and an ungraded but required Course Reflections Forum in Week 12.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site is the online discussion forum rubric used to aid in the grading of all online discussion assignments.

Physical Assessment Video Forums

Advanced Health Assessment requires you to participate in three (3) advanced Physical Assessment Video Forums in which you present a complete health history assessment and demonstrate your physical assessment skills in a video you create. The purpose of the video is to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate competency in your advanced physical assessment skills and to participate in a peer review, providing feedback to and receiving feedback from one of your peers.

Each Physical Assessment Video Forum activity—a HEENT exam in Module 5, a pulmonary exam in Module 8, and a gastrointestinal exam in Module 9—has four components:

  1. Completion of a health history
  2. Completion of a physical exam
  3. Creation of a video in which you record both the history and physical exam
  4. Completion of a peer review for a “lab partner,” assigned by the mentor, using physical exam student checklists downloaded from the Evolve Student Resources Web site

To participate in the Physical Assessment Video Forums, you will need to (1) find a subject willing to participate in all health histories and physical exams in the course and (2) obtain from that subject a signed Consent/Release Form to Video. If you do not submit a signed consent form, you will not be permitted to participate in the Physical Assessment Video Forums and will receive a grade of zero as your forum grade. The Consent/Release Form to Video is located in the Course Documents folder at the top of the course Web site. It must be signed by both you and the agreeing participant and and then scanned and submitted to the mentor through the assignment submission link provided in Module 2 by the end of Week 2.

Original postings and video are due by Wednesday of the week assigned; peer feedback and comments are due by the following Sunday.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site is a rubric used to aid in the grading of Physical Assessment Video Forums.

Shadow Health Assignments

Shadow Health™ is an educational software developer of rich, interactive learning environments including the Digital Clinical Experience™ for nursing and allied health education programs. In the Digital Clinical Experience (DCE), students can practice critical thinking, communication, and procedural skills in an immersive, safe, and always available learning environment.

In this course you have several opportunities to participate in a DCE using the Shadow Health Advanced Health Assessment course. The DCE experience allows for assessment of your understanding and application of newly acquired knowledge relative to advanced health assessment.

For each Shadow Health Assignment in the course, you will access the Shadow Health Advanced Health Assessment course by clicking the Shadow Health Assignments link located in the top section of the NUR-516 main course page. This link will take you to a Student Dashboard from which you can navigate to your course and specific assignment using the My Courses tab.

All Shadow Health assignments in this course are graded as Complete/Incomplete. The first Shadow Health Assignment in Module 1 requires you to watch an introductory video and complete a DCE orientation. These two exercises do not carry any weight but are prerequisites for accessing all other Shadow Health assignments. The nine remaining Shadow Health assignments are worth 9% of your course grade.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete four written assignments.    

  1. The first written assignment is a paper called The History and Physical with a Genogram/Pedigree that is worth 8% of your grade.
  2. The second written assignment is a video and commentary called Neurological or Behavioral Health Risk Assessment that is worth 16% of your final grade.
  3. The third written assignment is a paper called Electronic Health Risk Assessment: Cardiovascular that is worth 16% of your grade. (See below for Turnitin requirement.)
  4. The fourth written assignment is a paper called Comprehensive Assessment for Health Promotion Paper that is worth 16% of your final grade.

Turnitin Requirement for Electronic Health Risk Assessment: Cardiovascular
Assignment (Module 7)

You are required to submit the written assignment in Module 7 (a health risk assessment) to Turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the assignment within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the project, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report)  for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.

Read carefully the documents at the following links, as they will give you instructions for this requirement:

Turnitin Student Manual

Turnitin FAQ

 

The course ID and password that you will need in order to create an account may be found at the following link. Look within Step 1, locating your course ID and password by term.

Course ID and Password by Term

 

This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.

Students please note: You have the option of submitting any of your assignments to Turnitin.com. Submit any additional assignments through the slots with the optional label. However, submitting other assignments is NOT a requirement, and you should not submit originality reports for these assignments to your mentor.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site are the written assignment rubrics used to aid in the grading of each written assignment.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows.

All assignments (except the Shadow Health Assignments, which are graded as Complete/Incomplete) will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

B–

=

80–82

A–

=

90–92

C+

=

78–79

B+

=

88–89

C

=

73–77

B

=

83–87

F

=

Below 73

Course Grade Requirements by Program of Study

For Courses Taken in Accelerated 2nd Degree Program  

Students enrolled in the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program must earn a grade of B– (80) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For Courses Taken in BSN Programs (RN-BSN)

Students enrolled in the BSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For Courses Taken in MSN Programs

Students enrolled in the MSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For Courses Taken in Graduate Nursing Certificate Programs

Students enrolled in the graduate nursing certificate programs must earn a grade of B (83) or better for the course to be applied to program requirements.

NOTE

All Web site addresses (URLs) in this course were accurate and reflected the stated content at the onset of the course. However, URLs change, and great resources may disappear. If you encounter a problem accessing a Web site, post a message in the HELP discussion area of this course.

LATENESS POLICY

Written assignments should be submitted no later than the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the mentor and a new due date is established. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having made arrangements with the mentor, a minimum of five points (based on an assignment grading scale of 100 points) or 5% of the total points will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late. Discussion forum assignments must be done in the week they are due or points will be forfeited. 

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps.

 

Study Tips

Consider the following study tip for success.

 

To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.

 

 

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