Week 1 Discussion: Exploring the Nurse’s Role in Health Assessment

Roles of Nurses in Health Assessment

Week 1 Discussion: Exploring the Nurse’s Role in Health Assessment


This week’s graded topics relate to the following Course Outcomes (COs).

  • CO 1 – Utilize prior knowledge of theories and principles of nursing and related disciplines to explain expected client behaviors, while differentiating between normal findings, variations, and abnormalities. (PO 1)
  • CO 5 – Explore the professional responsibilities involved in conducting a comprehensive health assessment and provide appropriate documentation. (PO 6)


The nursing process is utilized in a variety of nursing roles and health care settings. Whether you are working in direct patient care, telehealth, or in a leadership role – the basic model is the same! Take this opportunity to share how the nursing process is utilized in your own practice settings! Hint: Your assigned readings will be helpful in formulating your answers.

Please answer the following question in your initial post:

Describe how you apply the first step (assessment) of the nursing process in your current practice setting. If you are not currently practicing as an RN, you may use an example from a prior clinical or work experience. Include the following information:

  • Briefly describe your practice setting and the typical patient population.
  • Provide examples of key subjective and objective data points you collect.
  • Describe how you document your findings. Is there technology involved?
  • Describe your process of data analysis. What is the end result of this process? (i.e., Do you formulate nursing diagnoses and care plans, collaborate with others and/or make referrals?)

Remember to use and credit the textbook or lesson, as well as an outside scholarly source, for full credit.


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The current setting within my nursing practice is direct care nursing whereby the patient care is provided by a registered nurse who is directly responsible for overseeing medical care regimes (Rudy & Gray, 1986).  The current population of patients is one hundred and twenty. Subjective data refers to the symptoms that the patients share with the nurse. Some of the subjective data points that I collected are pain, short of breath and itching. Objective data on the other hand can be obtained through physical examination, laboratory testing and crucial signs………..

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