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To enable Registered Nurses to extend their knowledge and skills in the assessment of health status, and to integrate their knowledge of normal processes and pathophysiology to nursing practice.

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undertake a comprehensive health history and conduct a systematic physical examination.

for specific episodes of ill health selectively review the individual's health history, and determine the relevant physical examination required utilising an investigative framework.

analyse client history and physical examination findings to determine alterations from normal within physical and sensory capacities.

document information accurately from client's history and examination.

critically evaluate history and examination findings to make judgements for timely referral to other health professionals and make a decision about appropriate nurse intervention.

reflect upon relevance of health assessment to nursing practice.