NURS 505 Advanced health assessment

This course builds on existing knowledge of physical and health assessment. Students will develop advanced assessment skills for clients across the life span from pediatric to geriatric, including comprehensive subjective history taking and review of systems, objective physical examination, development of differential diagnoses, and a plan of care for the client, data taking, complete physical assessment of a client, and to explore differential diagnoses and an associated plan of care. Interactive tools will help students assess risk for any number of psychosocial, physical, and wellness issues. The course will enable students to aggregate and evaluate data reflective from the perspective of the advanced practice nurse.

Dr. Nancy Winters, PhD, RN, ANP-C

I am Dr. Nancy Winters, RN, PhD, ANP-C, and the faculty member for this course. I would like to tell you a little about myself and look forward to getting to know each of you.

Professionally, I have been a nurse for more than 20 years. Most of my clinical practice was in a state run teaching hospital offering Level 1 trauma services to the surrounding communities. Here I practiced primarily in the ICU and Emergency Department settings.

I received my PhD from Adelphi University, where emphasis was on nursing education. I received both my MS in Adult Health Nursing and my BS in Nursing from Stony Brook University.

On a personal level, I love bicycling with my husband of 28 years and we try to ride 100 miles weekly. We take many vacations to enrich our understanding of this beautiful country we live in. My husband and I have raised 25-year old identical twin boys who have grown into beautiful young men.

Returning to school to advance your degree is not easy. It is a journey that leaves you needing to balance work, family and multiple other demands. However, the reward in the end is grand and you should rest assured that you will get there. I applaud you! I really look forward to interacting with you and learning about you over the next seven weeks.

Please feel free to send me an email should you ever have any questions or if I can help in any way. In addition to being able to post a question in our classroom, I can be reached at I really look forward to our weeks together.

Here is my husband Jason and I on a carriage ride in Charleston, South Carolina. I remember it was extremely hot that day - but what a beautiful ride. Next to us is our 25 year old twin boys, Tyler (left) and Jonathan (right). Tyler recently graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a degree in Computer Engineering. His brother, now pursuing the same degree, took a couple of years off of school to "find" himeself.

Here are some things that my family and I really enjoy to do. This is a photo taken at the Harriman State Park. We hiked this mountain and loved it!!

My husband and I try our hardest to bike about 100 miles weekly.

Camping is a lot of fun - but camper camping is better.

Canoeing. Need I say more.

Cruising is the best vacation ever.

There is nothing like cooking on an open fire.

It was great sharing a bit about myself and my family with you and I look forward to learning about you and your family.


Dr. Nancy Winters

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