Week 4: Shadow Health Assessment Of The Skin, Hair, And Nails

Week 4: Shadow Health Assessment Of The Skin, Hair, And Nails

Something as small and simple as a mole or a discolored toenail can offer meaningful clues about a patient’s health. Abnormalities in skin, hair, and nails can provide non-invasive external clues to internal disorders or even prove to be disorders themselves. Being able to evaluate such abnormalities of the skin, hair, and nails is a diagnostic benefit for any nurse conducting health assessments.

This week, you will explore how to assess the skin, hair, and nails, as well as how to evaluate abnormal skin findings.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Students will:

  •  Apply assessment skills to diagnose skin conditions
  • Apply concepts, theories, and principles relating to health assessment techniques and diagnoses for the skin, hair, and nails

LEARNING RESOURCES

Required Readings (click to expand/reduce) Required Media (click to expand/reduce)


ASSIGNMENT 1: LAB ASSIGNMENT: DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS FOR SKIN CONDITIONS

TO PREPARE

  • Review the Skin Conditions document provided in this week’s Learning Resources, and select one condition to closely examine for this Lab Assignment.
  • Consider the abnormal physical characteristics you observe in the graphic you selected. How would you describe the characteristics using clinical terminologies?
  • Explore different conditions that could be the cause of the skin abnormalities in the graphics you selected.
  • Consider which of the conditions is most likely to be the correct diagnosis, and why.
  • Search the Walden Library for one evidence-based practice, peer-reviewed article based on the skin condition you chose for this Lab Assignment.
  • Review the Comprehensive SOAP Exemplar found in this week’s Learning Resources to guide you as you prepare your SOAP note.
  • Download the SOAP Template found in this week’s Learning Resources, and use this template to complete this Lab Assignment.

THE LAB ASSIGNMENT

  • Choose one skin condition graphic (identify by number in your Chief Complaint) to document your assignment in the SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, and Plan) note format rather than the traditional narrative style. Refer to Chapter 2 of the Sullivan text and the Comprehensive SOAP Template in this week’s Learning Resources for guidance. Remember that not all comprehensive SOAP data are included in every patient case.
  • Use clinical terminologies to explain the physical characteristics featured in the graphic. Formulate a differential diagnosis of three to five possible conditions for the skin graphic that you chose. Determine which is most likely to be the correct diagnosis and explain your reasoning using at least three different references, one reference from current evidence-based literature from your search and two different references from this week’s Learning Resources.
BY DAY 7 OF WEEK 4

Submit your Lab Assignment. 

SUBMISSION AND GRADING INFORMATION

To submit your completed Assignment for review and grading, do the following:

  • Please save your Assignment using the naming convention “WK4Assgn1+last name+first initial.(extension)” as the name.
  • Click the Week 4 Assignment 1 Rubric to review the Grading Criteria for the Assignment.
  • Click the Week 4 Assignment 1 link. You will also be able to “View Rubric” for grading criteria from this area.
  • Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My Computer button. Find the document you saved as “WK4Assgn1+last name+first initial.(extension)” and click Open.
  • If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the checkbox for I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.
  • Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.
GRADING CRITERIA

To access your rubric: Week 4 Assignment 1 Rubric

CHECK YOUR ASSIGNMENT DRAFT FOR AUTHENTICITY

To check your Assignment draft for authenticity: Submit your Week 4 Assignment 1 draft and review the originality report.

SUBMIT YOUR ASSIGNMENT BY DAY 7 OF WEEK 4

To participate in this Assignment: Week 4 Assignment 1


ASSIGNMENT 2: DIGITAL CLINICAL EXPERIENCE (DCE): HEALTH HISTORY ASSESSMENT

TO PREPARE

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources as well as the Taking a Health History media program in Week 3, and consider how you might incorporate these strategies. Download and review the Student Checklist: Health History Guide and the History Subjective Data Checklist, provided in this week’s Learning Resources, to guide you through the necessary components of the assessment.
  • Access and log in to Shadow Health using the link in the left-hand navigation of the Blackboard classroom.
  • Review the Shadow Health Student Orientation media program and the Useful Tips and Tricks document provided in the week’s Learning Resources to guide you through Shadow Health.
  • Review the Week 4 DCE Health History Assessment Rubric, provided in the Assignment submission area, for details on completing the Assignment.

DCE HEALTH HISTORY ASSESSMENT:

Complete the following in Shadow Health:

Orientation

  • DCE Orientation (15 minutes)
  • Conversation Concept Lab (50 minutes)

Health History

  • Health History of Tina Jones (180 minutes)

Note: Each Shadow Health Assessment may be attempted and reopened as many times as necessary prior to the due date to achieve 80% or better, but you must take all attempts by the Week 4 Day 7 deadline.

SUBMISSION AND GRADING INFORMATION

BY DAY 7 OF WEEK 4
  • Complete your Health Assessment DCE assignments in Shadow Health via the Shadow Health link in Blackboard.
  • Once you complete your assignment in Shadow Health, you will need to download your lab pass and upload it to the corresponding assignment in Blackboard for your faculty review. 
  • (Note: Please save your lab pass as “LastName_FirstName_AssignmentName”.) You can find instructions for downloading your lab pass here: https://link.shadowhealth.com/download-lab-pass
  • Your instructor will review your documentation within Shadow Health for grading. There is no need to upload your documentation.
  • Download, sign, date, and submit your Student Acknowledgement Form found in the Learning Resources for this week.
GRADING CRITERIA

To access your rubric: Week 4 Assignment 2 DCE Rubric

SUBMIT YOUR ASSIGNMENT BY DAY 7 OF WEEK 4

To participate in this Assignment: Week 4 DCE and Documentation Notes for Assignment 2 To Submit your Student Acknowledgment Form: Submit your Week 4 Assignment 2 DCE Student Acknowledgement Form


ASSIGNMENT 3 (OPTIONAL) PRACTICE ASSESSMENT: SKIN, HAIR, AND NAILS EXAMINATION

Advanced practice nurses are required to have the skills and knowledge necessary to perform many different physical assessments and health examinations. In this course, you will demonstrate your abilities in this area by conducting various optional examinations on a volunteer “patient.”

In preparation for the Comprehensive (Head-to-Toe) Physical Assessment due in Week 9, it is recommended that you practice conducting an assessment of the skin, hair, and nails this week.

Note: This is an optional practice physical assessment.

TO PREPARE

  • Arrange an appropriate time and setting with your volunteer “patient” to perform a skin, hair, and nails examination. 
  • Download and review the Skin, Hair, and Nails Student Checklist and Key Points, provided in this week’s Learning Resources, and review the Seidel’s Guide to Physical Examination online media.

OPTIONAL LAB ASSIGNMENT

  • Perform the skin, hair, and nails examination, covering all of the areas listed in the checklist.

WHAT’S COMING UP IN WEEK 5?

WEEK 5 REQUIRED MEDIA

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