The head-to-toe assessment in nursing is an important physical health assessment that you’ll be performing as a nursing student and nurse.
Head-to-toe assessments allow nurses to assess the health status of patients by following a checklist of criteria.
On the job, your head-to-toe nursing assessment will be performed much faster, and it may be different or more specialized to accommodate the patients’ needs within your nursing specialty.
This assessment represents a general assessment checklist (or cheat sheet) that you might encounter in nursing school. (Note: Always follow your instructor’s requirements or your employer’s assessment protocols).
This nursing head-to-toe examination video guide will focus on the following areas/skills:
-Vital Signs (pulse rate, respiration rate, temperature, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, pain assessment)
-Cranial Nerve examination
-Head assessment (hair, cranium, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, sinuses)
-Neck assessment (jugular vein, thyroid, trachea, carotid)
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-Lung sounds assessment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNrcG077brQ
-Assessing extremities (arms, hands, legs, feet)
While performing your comprehensive head-to-toe assessment, you’ll want to record your findings in the documentation.
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