All written assignments in this course must
correct spelling and grammar;
to APA format, as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American
Psychological Association (APA) (6th ed.);
your own work and be free of evidence of plagiarism;
Microsoft Word .doc (or .rtf) format; and
submitted via the Assessment section of the course home page.
Assignment 1 Scholarly Paper (30%
of total grade)
Assignment due at the end of Unit 2.
purpose of this assignment is to enhance your understanding and consideration
of concepts and knowledge introduced in Units 1 and 2 during an initial health
assessment. This assignment is focused on these elements: the concepts of
critical thinking, cultural and social considerations, determinants of health,
health history, the interview and communication techniques, a general survey of
the whole person, and health promotion. The assignment does not include the
actual physical assessment of the client. You are required to demonstrate
critical thinking as you assess, reflect, and apply the concepts to an initial
meeting between you and a specific client.
This assignment must include the following:
client case example for this assignment. This can be a client that you have
worked with in the past or a fictitious client (e.g., a homeless person, a
recent immigrant who speaks limited English, an older adult who lives alone at
home, an individual with COPD who continues to smoke, a child with impetigo ~
just to name a few).
your client, including general survey (physical appearance, body
structure, mobility, and behaviour) and the reason they have sought
and reflect on the following as applied to your specific client: cultural
and social considerations, determinants of health, health history, the
interview and communication techniques, and health promotion strategies.
to a minimum of 4 scholarly references.
your paper to a maximum of 7 pages in length, excluding title page,
references, and/or appendices.
the following assignment criteria.
Scholarly Content 70%
a description of the client including the reason they have sought health
care, and a general survey (physical appearance, body structure, mobility,
and behaviour). 15 marks
discuss, and analyze the initial interview process with the client in
terms of the relational approach, communication barriers, and/or
developmental considerations. 15 marks
the importance of obtaining a complete health history for this client
(biographical date, reason for seeking care, current health/history of
current illness, past health history, family history, and functional
assessment). 15 marks
the importance of cultural and social considerations, and determinants of
health for this client. Provide three priority questions you would ask
your client to elicit this information. Provide rationale as to why these
questions have priority. 15 marks
one specific evidence-based priority health promotion activity for your
client. Provide rationale for this activity. 10 marks
Scholarly Format 30%
following presentation elements are evident as per 6th ed. APA (refer to the
Student Guide: Rubric BN program):
minimum of 4 references
maximum of 7 pages in length, excluding title page, references, and/or
page, headings and subheadings at the appropriate level
clearly defines topic and context.
of the paper content is logical and sequential
of summary with main ideas
grammar and spelling
paper is informative, well evidenced, and succinct
scholarly tone is maintained throughout the paper
are correct, relevant, and accurately integrated