• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 25 Contact Hours
  • Mary Jo Goolsby, EdD, MSN, ANP-C, CAE, FAANP
  • Laurie Grubbs, PhD, MSN, ANP-C

Peer Reviewer(s): Kimberly V. Cheramie, MSN, RN-BC
Item#: N1629
Contents: 1 Textbook (725 pages), 1 Exam Workbook (22 pages)
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Advanced Assessment, 3rd Edition

Reg. Price $94.95
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Item # N1629
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Expiration Date: February 28, 2018

Many diagnoses present similar symptoms; learning to differentiate between them can be very difficult. Accurate assessment requires nurses to obtain thorough patient histories and perform competent physical assessments using an informed and systematic approach. The purpose of this course is to provide nurses with information to strengthen their assessment skills, from taking a focused history and performing an assessment based on presenting symptoms or complaints, to interpreting the findings. 

Elements of history taking specific to each body system are reviewed in the text, and a differential diagnostic approach to the assessment and evaluation of each body system is provided. Diagnostic tests that may be ordered to provide additional patient information (dependent upon symptoms and assessment findings) are also reviewed. Finally, the text addresses health problems specific to certain populations, including male, female, pediatric, pregnant, and elderly patients. This overall approach will provide nurses with additional information on which to base patient care, and will assist them to be more accurate and comprehensive in the assessment of their patients.

This course offers valuable information useful for nurses in a variety of clinical areas, and is especially useful for advanced practice nurses who must master the art of advanced assessment in order to accurately and efficiently diagnose patients. The information in this course will serve as a valuable resource at the point of care for nurses new to their roles, as well as to those with many years of experience


Course Objectives
  • Describe assessment and evaluation skills used to make competent, informed clinical decisions.
  • List the components of a genetic family history and how to analyze the findings.
  • Describe advanced assessment and differential diagnosis by body regions and systems.
  • Apply assessment and differential diagnosis to pediatric, pregnant, and older adult populations.
Kim V. Cheramie, MSN, RN-BC, is the lead nurse planner at Western Schools. Kim is certified in nursing professional development and holds a master’s degree in nursing education from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) School of Nursing in New Orleans. She has been a nurse educator, planning nursing and interprofessional continuing education for healthcare providers for 14 years. From 2009 to 2014, Kim served as coordinator/director of continuing education for the LSUHSC School of Nursing, where she continues as a guest instructor for graduate classes on professional development and continuing education. She also continues to serve as an appraiser for primary credentialing as a team leader and team member for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), as well as for joint accreditation in medicine, nursing, and pharmacy for the ANCC/COA. Kim worked for several years in intensive care units and as a chemotherapy nurse.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from date of purchase or through the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.