RN Medicals

Clinicians who work with potential substance abusers are constantly on the lookout for new drug assessment instruments to screen their clients for substance abuse problems, or to determine the effects that drugs and/or alcohol are having on their clients’ lives. Over the years, many different types of assessment tools have been developed. Several have gained popularity for a variety of reasons.

One Stop Services, Ltd has a team of qualified and experienced Registered Nurses who are active members of Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association in our Occupational Health Department.

Services

We offer the following RN Medical services:

Nursing Assessment

Aside from Drug and Alcohol screening using laboratory analysis, one effective aid or tool is Nursing Assessment. Nursing assessment is the gathering of information about a patient’s physiological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual status.

Assessment is the first stage of the nursing process in which the nurse carries out a complete and holistic nursing assessment of every patient’s needs, regardless of the reason for the encounter. Usually, an assessment framework, based on a nursing model is used.

The purpose of this stage is to identify the patient’s nursing problems. These problems are expressed as either actual or potential.

Taking a nursing history prior to the physical examination allows a nurse to establish a rapport with the patient and family. Elements of the history include: the client’s overall health status, the course of the present illness including symptoms, the current management of illness, the client’s medical history (including familial medical history), social history and how the client perceives his illness.

Physical Examination

A nursing assessment includes a physical examination: the observation or measurement of signs, which can be observed or measured, or symptoms such as nausea or vertigo, which can be felt by the patient.

The techniques used may include Inspection, Palpation, Auscultation and Percussion in addition to the “vital signs” of temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate, and further examination of the body systems such as the cardiovascular or musculoskeletal systems.

The assessment is documented in the patient’s medical or nursing records, which may be on paper or as part of the electronic medical record which can be accessed by all members of the healthcare team—strictly adhering to the mandates of Canadian HHS and the HIPA Law.

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