6512 wk1.docx - Week 1 Building a Comprehensive Health History According to a 2011 Gallup poll nurses are ranked as the most trusted professionals in

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Week 1: Building a Comprehensive Health History According to a 2011 Gallup poll, nurses are ranked as the most trusted professionals in the United States. One of the most admired nursing skills is the ability to put patients at ease. When patients enter into a health care setting, they are often apprehensive about sharing personal health information. Caring nurses can alleviate the hesitance of patients and encourage them to be forthcoming with this information. The initial health history interview can be an excellent opportunity to develop supportive relationships between patients and nurses. Nurses may employ a variety of communication skills and interview techniques to foster strong bonds with patients and to effectively facilitate the diagnostic process. In conducting interviews, advanced practice nurses must also take into account a range of patient-specific factors that may impact the questions they ask, how they ask those questions, and their complete assessment of the patient’s health. This week, you will consider how factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, and environmental situation impact the health and risk assessment of the patients you serve. You will also consider how these factors influence your interview and communication techniques as you work in partnership with a patient to gather data to build an accurate health history. Learning Objectives Students will: Analyze communication techniques used to obtain patients’ health histories based upon age, gender, ethnicity, or environmental setting Apply concepts, theories, and principles related to patient interviewing, diagnostic reasoning, and recording patient information Photo Credit: Hero Images/Hero Images/Getty Images Learning Resources Required Readings Note: To access this week's required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus. Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R. W. (2015). Seidel's guide to physical examination (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby. Chapter 1, “The History and Interviewing Process” (pp. 1–21) This chapter explains the process of developing relationships with patients in order to build an effective health history. The authors offer suggestions for
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adapting the creation of a health history according to age, gender, and disability. Chapter 26, “Recording Information” (pp. 616–631) This chapter provides rationale and methods for maintaining clear and accurate records. The authors also explore the legal aspects of patient records. Sullivan, D. D. (2019). Guide to clinical documentation (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis. Chapter 1, "Medicolegal Principles of Documentation" (pp. 1–14 and abbreviations, pp. 19) Chapter 2, "The Comprehensive History and Physical Exam" (pp. 23-32) Note about Uploading Media: Please refer to the Kaltura Media Uploader page located in the course navigation menu.. The documents on this page provide guidance on how to
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