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NSS201: ASSESSING HEALTH III – HISTORY TAKING/PHYSICAL EXAM

Health assessment is a vital part of nursing care and it is conducted in a systematic manner through history taking and physical examination. Effective nursing history requires good communication and interpersonal skills while skills in inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation are needed for complete physical examination. Furthermore, knowledge of the normal structure and function of body parts and systems is an essential perquisite to conducting physical assessment.