Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery




Not offered in 2016


The aim of this unit is to provide registered nurses with a comprehensive foundation for the assessment of clients' health status in order to determine and deliver competent nursing care based upon the goals of health restoration, maintenance and promotion.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse health assessment data using a problem solving approach in order to develop an appropriate plan for client care;
  2. relate the concept of holistic health to nursing health assessment and nursing practice;
  3. identify communication skills that will enhance the nurse/client therapeutic relationship;
  4. discuss the importance of using a practical framework for delivering appropriate client care;
  5. completely assess and record a client's health history; and
  6. perform and document a systematic physical assessment.


Assignment 1 (25%)
Assignment 2 (25%)
Exam (50%)

Workload requirements

  • One (1) hour of lecture per week
  • Two (2) hours of tutorial per week
  • Two (2) - four (4) hours private study per week.

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



Must be enrolled in course 0727.