The physical examination is the first step in the nursing process
It provides the foundation for the nursing care plan in which your
observations play an integral part in the assessment, intervention, and
Performing an accurate physical examination or
assessment and being able to differentiate normal from abnormal findings
is one of the most important roles for today’s health care
practitioner. Although in most countries, physical examination is
traditionally the domain of a medical practitioner, it would be an added
role and advantage for OB and L & D nurses or midwives to better
assess maternal patients particularly, in order to carry out and realize
FMC’s simple approach – to provide the excellence in human care.
16th and 17th of July 2014, FMC’s OB/Gyne and Labor and Delivery Staff
had its first out-of-the hospital training for Physical Assessment in
University of Sulaimani under the supervision of FMC’s Nursing Education
Consultant, Dr. Atiya Kareem Mohammed who happens to be the Dean of the
School of Nursing in that university.
The duration of the program is approximately 5 hours per day.
objectives of the course is for nurses and midwives to be able to
assess, detect and classify women with normal or high risk pregnancy in
order to provide proper care and prevent further complications, be able
to understand the different terms used and be able to identify the
healthy signs and symptoms of pregnancy and perform physical assessment
including Leopold’s Maneuver for the pregnant mother.