Courses Catalogue

Health Assessment & Nursing Process I: (normal)

COURSE CODE: BNS 2103
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Nursing Sciences (Direct Entry), B.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Nursing Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline


Introduction to concepts and the nursing process:                                                           10 hrs 

Definition of concepts

  • Health assessment in general nursing practice
  •  History taking – interview skills in data collection
  •  Types of health assessments
  •  Concepts of the nursing process and its importance
  • Generic and comprehensive health assessment tools.

Interviewing skills and health history:                                                                             15 hrs

  •   Purposes, process and principles of interviewing
  •  Format used to obtain a health history
  •   Investigations during the health history
  • Recording a client’s health history
  •  Identify own strengths and weaknesses via observations
  •  Clinical assessment weaknesses of self/peer analysis
  •  Practice interviewing a client/peer and take his/her health history using a chosen health history format.

Assessment of the mental status                                                                                     5 hrs

  • Review of mental functioning and changes with age
  •  Assessment of appearance and behavior
  •  Evaluation of mood: Assessment of thought process and perceptions
  • Evaluation of cognitive function
  •  Documentation of specific findings.

Physical Examination (PE) Technique                                                                              15 hrs

  •   Appropriate use and technique of inspection, percussion, palpation and auscultation
  •  Equipments needed to perform a physical examination
  • Procedure and sequence for performing a general assessment of a client
  • Composing a statements about overall impression of a client’s health status  Documentation of findings.

    Assessment of the skin, head and its structures and neck                                                15hrs

  •  Review of the anatomy and physiology of the skin, its appendages
  •  The head and its structures: eyes, ears, nose, mouth and pharynx
  •  Age related changes in the above systems and differences in assessment
  •  Assessment of the eyes and ears
  •  Assessment of nose, mouth and pharynx
  •   Assessment of thorax and lungs, cardiovascular and peripheral vascular system
  •  Axilla and genitalia
  • Assessment of the abdomen, anus and rectum
  • Assessment of cranial nerves and the spinal nervous system  Documentation and analysis of assessment findings. 

Mode of Delivery

  • Lectures
  • Small Group discussion 
  •  Demonstration
  • Role play