Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Bachelor Health Care and Nursing
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2022

Course unit title Nursing Assessment 1
Course unit code 081611010102
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 3
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Jürgen BACHMANN, Simone CHUKWUMA-LUTZ, Gerd FLEISCH, Ingrid HADERER-MATT, Hubert Roland JOCHAM, Jakob KÖB, Irene MÜLLER, Markus NAIER

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

Principles of the Nursing Assessment (NA)

  • Structure, organisation and agreements during study
  • NA techniques (inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation)
  • Full versus symptom-focused patient history Case
  • history and initial discussion
  • Assessment tools

Assessment of the chest and lungs

  • Anatomy and physiology of the organ system of the lungs
  • Pathophysiology of the lungs and respiratory tracts
  • Examination techniques 
  • Nursing diagnoses such as “ineffective respiration”, “intolerance to activity”, “impaired spontaneous breathing” and “ineffective respiratory tract clearance”
  • Evidence-based interventions and treatment options in various phases of life and clinical settings
  • Evaluation of the care outcomes

Nursing assessment of the heart and (peripheral) vessels 

  • Anatomy and physiology of the heart and vessels
  • Pathophysiology of arteriosclerosis, coronary heart disease, hypertension, heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, physical defects and valve defects
  • types of examination
  • Nursing diagnoses in the context of heart failure such as “intolerance to activity”, “risk of cardiac, cerebral, gastrointestinal, renal circulatory disorder”, “peripheral circulatory disorder”, “impaired gas exchange”, “decreased cardiac output”, “acute pain”, "noncompliance", "nausea", "insomnia"
  • Evidence-based interventions and treatment options in various phases of life and clinical settings
  • Evaluation of the care outcomes

Learning outcomes


  • will be able to define the process of nursing assessments and describe and justify an assessment in line with a patient’s symptoms based on a specific situation  
  • will understand the importance of professional assessment skills for holistic nursing  
  • will know the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the heart, lungs and vessels  
  • will be able to carry out initial approaches to inspection, palpation, auscultation and percussion of the heart and lungs  
  • will be able to name and describe the most significant nursing diagnoses in this field  
  • will be able to derive evidence-based interventions and evaluate care outcomes

Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • Preparatory tasks
  • Lectures
  • Recording physical parameters

Assessment methods and criteria

Written and practical examination


Students must be willing to have their physiological parameters recorded under instruction and to record these parameters for their peers.

Recommended or required reading
  • Battegay, Edouard (Hrsg.) (2013): Siegenthalers Differenzialdiagnosen. 20. Auflage. Stuttgart: Thieme.
  • Doenges, Marilynn E.; Moorhouse, Mary Frances; Murr, Alice C. (2013): Pflegediagnosen und Maßnahmen. 4. Auflage. Bern: Hogrefe.
  • Füessl, Hermann S.; Middeke, Martin. (2014): Anamnese und Klinische Untersuchung. 5. Auflage. Stuttgart: Thieme.
  • Hehlmann, Annemarie (2016): Leitsymptome. 7. Auflage. München: Urban und Fischer.
  • Hopcroft, Keith; Forte, Vincent (2013): Differenzialdiagnostische Tabellen. Bern: Hans Huber.
  • Schaufelberger, Mireille u.a. (2013): Alarmsymptome der Medizin. Neuhausen am Rheinfall: Editions D&F GmBH
  • Silbernagl, Stefan u.a. (2005): Taschenatlas der Pathophysiologie. 2. Auflage. Stuttgart. New York: Thieme.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face-to-face course with compulsory attendance