The purpose of this study was to investigate physical assessment skills taught in undergraduate baccalaureate nursing programs and the physical assessment skills used by practicing nurses. Applying the knowledge of nursing procedures and psychomotor skills to the techniques of physical assessment baseline data that is collected after the health history and before the complete head to toe examination includes a general survey of the client. Nurses use physical assessment skills to a obtain baseline data and expand the data base from which subsequent phases of the nursing process can evolve b to identify and manage a variety of patient problems actual and potential c evaluate the effectiveness of nursing care. Though jean giddens 2007 identified that there are only 30 physical assessment skills that nurses use in the clinical setting students in some programs are taught well over 100 specific assessment skills most are rarely if ever used. Continuing nursing education on physical assessment the philips online learning center offers continuing nursing education to enhance the nurses knowledge and skills in physical assessment
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