Utilizing Diagnostic Testing can help us narrow down our patients’ diagnoses and prognoses. As a nurse, it is imperative that you understand the purpose of the test, as well as the nursing considerations for each of these tests. How do you prepare a patient for this test? What is your role during the test? What should you be looking for afterwards? All of these will help improve the care you give for your patients undergoing these tests.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to do the following for each Diagnostic Test discussed:
- Discuss the indications and purpose for the test.
- Discuss important nursing considerations for preparing the patient for the test.
- Discuss important nursing considerations for caring for the patient during the test.
- Discuss important nursing considerations for caring for a patient after they undergo the test.
Cornell Note-Taking System Instructions:
- Record: During the lecture, use the note-taking column to record the lecture using telegraphic sentences.
- Questions: As soon after class as possible, formulate questions based onthe notes in the right-hand column. Writing questions helps to clarifymeanings, reveal relationships, establish continuity, and strengthenmemory. Also, the writing of questions sets up a perfect stage for exam-studying later.
- Recite: Cover the note-taking column with a sheet of paper. Then, looking at the questions or cue-words in the question and cue column only, say aloud, in your own words, the answers to the questions, facts, or ideas indicated by the cue-words.
- Reflect: Reflect on the material by asking yourself questions, for example: “What’s the significance of these facts? What principle are they based on? How can I apply them? How do they fit in with what I already know? What’s beyond them?
- Review: Spend at least ten minutes every week reviewing all your previous notes. If you do, you’ll retain a great deal for current use, as well as, for the exam.
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Hey guys! Welcome to the introduction to the diagnostic testing course. Diagnostic testing ordered by the physician helps to diagnose the patient and determine the prognoses.
It’s super important that you understand what the diagnostic tests are that the doctor may order so that you may understand why it is ordered for your patient and what to do. As the nurse, you have the role of preparing the patient for the test. I will help you to understand preparation and the nursing considerations for during the test, along with what to do after the test is over.
The priority nursing concepts to consider with diagnostic testing are safety, comfort, and patient-centered care.
See you in the diagnostic lessons! Now go out and be your best self today, and as always, happy nursing!