Do you find yourself struggling on doing your assessment? My name is chance and I’m a nurse educator here at NRSNG and today I’m going to show you some tips and tricks on making sure that your assessments are consistent and thorough every single time. So first off, you always want to check your patients for symmetry. You want to make sure that they’re equal on both sides. You always want to be consistent with how you do your assessments. So always start with the head or always start with listening to specific areas. You always want to remain consistent because if you start to become inconsistent, what happens is that’s going to slow you down and create more frustration for yourself. The next tip that I have is to always look for the abnormal things so you inherently know what’s normal. So whenever you’re doing your assessment on your patient, always look for the abnormal things.
So are these abnormal lung sounds? Are they abnormal heart sounds? Are there differences in the way that a patient maybe blinks or speaks? You can always look for those abnormal things and identify those by focusing on these abnormal areas. It allows you to focus your attention on things that may need a little bit more nursing care. Lastly, when you’re doing an assessment, always be aware of what your patient needs. If they’re in pain, make sure that you’re not pressing on all of the painful parts if they’re complaining of abdominal pain, always assess that area. Last. Doing your assessment is extremely complicated. It’s very time consuming and you need to make sure that you practice these tips and tricks to make sure that you are on your a game, but there’s more to health assessments than just tips and tricks. I encourage you to go over to nrsng.com and go check out our courses on not only the five minute health assessment, but the complete health assessment that will give you some insight into what you need to know for your patients to make sure that you’re getting the big picture. Now, as we always say, go out and be your best selves today, and as always, happy nursing.
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