Category Archives: Physical Exam & Health Assessment

2 Days Before Physical Health Assessment Validation


Hi all. Anxiety is really starting to set in about doing our Physical Assessment Validation on Thursday. I am so nervous that I am going to forget something. I have been doing focused assessments for so long, I had to use a LOT of time studying the various points of doing the entire body assessment, not to mention remembering the exact and appropriate things that we are supposed to verbally say out loud to our instructor.
Today, my plan is to do the assessment over and over and over again on my daughter until I can do it with my eyes closed. I don’t care if I am up all night doing this. I don’t want to go in there Thursday and embarrass myself. I set standards for myself extremely high. If I go in there and mess this up, I am going to be so disappointed in myself. I am also now starting to worry about the actual exam part of Thursday because I have been focusing so much time on doing the assessment correctly. Read the rest of this entry

Neck Lymph Node Locations


I am having a difficult time remembering the placement of the lymph nodes in the neck. As part of our validation for Head-to-Toe Assessment, we have to know the location of the lymph nodes to palpate in the neck. I found this picture @ that shows the locations well.

Neck Lymph nodes

Head to Toe Physical Assessment ~ Part 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5


I am posting several videos in this post. All the videos are our skills validation for the Head to Toe Physical Assessment. The videos are great, but the sound quality is not all that good. Nonetheless, I need to be able to refer back to these on a continual basis. I want to be able to access all of them in one place.

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Cranial Nerves ~ Need Help Remembering?