Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
discuss the purpose of nursing assessment;
describe the purpose of taking a nursing history;
describe the purpose of a physical examination;
explain the concepts of stress and adaptation;
predict some of the possible effects of stressors and their related disturbances upon the health of the individual;
describe interventions that will prevent and minimise stressors;
discuss methods to promote the adaptive mechanisms of the individual and family;
discuss and describe innovations in health technology and the impact of these on health outcomes and service delivery.
The subject will cover the following topics:
Module 1 – Health assessment Health assessment; health history; physical assessment; auscultation; palpation percussion. Module 2 – Adaptation, stress and coping Definitions and theory of stress; adaptation, stress and coping; physiological and psychological responses to stressors; assessment of coping and adaptation; Roys adaptation nursing model; application of adaptation theory; stress reduction measures. Module 3 – The impact of technology Technology; Critical analysis of effects technology can have on health.