Health Assessment Self-Study Course

Health assessment is a dynamic and continuous process in nursing practice. This fluid process involves the collection, verification, and organization of information about a client within a specific health-care context. The client’s health outcomes are reliant on the completeness and accuracy of the data collection and the nurse’s interpretation of that data. The purpose of this course is to provide Licensed Practical Nurses with a review of a holistic health assessment (psychosocial and physiological) and how to apply this knowledge to a focused, comprehensive assessment.

This course consists of a Study Guide, several videos, assessment checklists, practice quizzes and additional resources. To access a learning activity, simply click on the Link. After you have completed an activity, return to this page to proceed to the next one.


Course Modules and Learning Activities

Module 1: Overview of Holistic Health Assessment

Topics include:

Learning Activities:

  1. Read Study Guide – Part I: Chapters 1 to 4 (PDF | Digital)
  2. View Health History Checklist video
  3. View Emergency Assessment Checklist video
  4. View Pain Assessment video
  5. Do Knowledge Check quiz for Module 1 (20 questions out of 50)


Module 2: Focused Assessment

Topics include:

Learning Activities:

  1. Read Study Guide – Part II: Chapter 5 (PDF | Digital)
  2. View Neurological Assessment Checklist video
  3. View Cardiovascular Assessment Checklist video
  4. View Respiratory Assessment Checklist video
  5. View Abdominal and Genitourinary Assessment Checklist video
  6. Do Knowledge Check quiz for Module 2 (25 questions out of 95)


Final Examination

Final Examination – This final exam consists of 60 randomly selected questions from a pool of 145 items. A printable CLPNA Certificate of Completion is available upon passing this exam with a score of 80% or better. If you are an Alberta LPN, please enter your Registration Number when requested. Everyone else, leave in the default number. If you want a copy of the Final Exam Results e-mailed to yourself (or anyone else), enter the appropriate e-mail address. Otherwise, leave it blank. (Results are ONLY e-mailed if you have passed the exam).


Course Evaluation

Health Assessment Course Evaluation – Please complete this online survey after finishing this sef-study course. Your feedback and comments will greatly assist CLPNA in developing and delivering effective, quality nursing educational resources.


Supplementary Practice Quizzes

Health Assessment (25 questions from 82): This quiz assesses and reviewes your general knowledge regarding the purposes, processes and tests used in client / resident health assessments.

Abnormal Findings I (25 questions from 80): This quiz tests and reviews your knowledge of the typical abnormal findings associated with a comprehensive health assessment of mental health, skin, hair, nails, eyes, ears, nose, throat, breasts and the cardiovascular system.

Abnormal Findings II (25 questions from 78): This quiz assesses and refreshes your knowledge of the common abnormal findings associated with a comprehensive health assessment of the respiratory, musculoskeletal, neurological, gastrointestinal and female/male genitourinary systems.


Additional Resources

Health Assessment Study Guide I – This document covers all the content covered in this course (pdf format).

Health Assessment Study Guide II – This is the digital version of the document that covers all the content covered in this course (HTML5 format).

Health Assessment App – This learning app provides a guide to a systematic and comprehensive health assessment of a client. The app is a brief reminder as to the health questions to ask overall and for each body systems; the physical assessment observations to make; and some typical abnormal findings. A Glossary of abnormal findings is also included. (This app is optimized for viewing on regular browsers, tablets and mobile phones).

 

Technology Notes

The Practice Quizzes and Final Exam can be completed on regular browsers, tablets and smart phones. For iPhones and iPads, download and install the FREE iSpring viewer from the iTunes Store. For Android devices, iSpring Play is available here. The quizzes can also be downloaded and saved on your mobile device and completed off-line at your convenience.

For best viewing on Apple's iPad/iPhone, download and install the FREE Articulate Player App from the iTunes Store. If you are using an Android tablet, download and install the FREE Android Player App from Google Play.

To view and download the PDF/PRINT documents requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

If you are using these quizzes / final exam for class assignments or continuing education credits, and want a copy of the Results for your records, enter your name when requested. Otherwise, use Guest and proceed with the quiz / exam. No results or scores are recorded or tracked!