University of Technology Sydney

92608 Comprehensive Physical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning

6cp; 2hpw (independent study), 4 x 7hrs (laboratory), 1 day (practical assessment), plus one additional day if practical assessment re-sit is required.
Requisite(s): 24 credit points of completed study in a coursework Master's degree OR 24 credit points of completed study in Graduate Certificate OR 24 credit points of completed study in Graduate Diploma
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.


This subject is designed to build on students' existing physical assessment skills, with the aim of developing their diagnostic reasoning skills and progressing their advanced nursing practice. The focus is on developing assessment skills, required to critically analyse patient health data, in order to diagnose and identify priorities of treatment and develop appropriate management plans. Students will have the opportunity to practice health assessments, develop diagnoses, prioritise care, and solve complex problems. Opportunities to promote development will incorporate simulation, virtual reality and individual clinical settings. With a strong focus on critical thinking, communication and professionalism, this subject provides students with a foundation to move into highly skilled and advanced nursing practice.

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