Advanced Heath Assessment Documentation Tutorial

In each of the Shadow Health (SH) Assignments, you will be asked to complete a narrative note as part of the grading criteria. Narrative or progress notes are often a new skill. This document is provided to assist students in understanding how to write a narrative note. Shadow Health refers to these notes as Provider Notes.

Documentation of patient care is essential to quality and safety of care. Much of the clinical documentation is completed electronically using point and click tools to describe the patient condition (Lindo, et al., 2016). Often computer prompts fall short of fully describing the patient condition. Other situations such as lack of technology, electrical outages, system hacking, failure of equipment, and any number of situations which may interfere with normal electronic documentation may require a narrative nurses/progress note. Nurses must be able to clearly communicate patient information with everyone on the health care team to ensure quality and safety of care (Lindo, et al., 2016).

Documentation must be clear, paint a picture of the patient, and provide measurable concise information in a timely manner. The information communicated must be able to be understood by others and provide enough information to understand if a change has occurred in the patient condition and to clearly communicate all treatments, interventions, and therapies received by the patient and/or planned for the patient. Documentation also serves as a legal record of care (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2007).

Documentation begins with subjective data/information. This is information the patient, family member, or caregiver may provide if the patient is unable to communicate which includes such data as the history of present illness (HPI), the past history- allergies, medications, medical surgical & social and the review of systems (ROS). Objective data/information includes the physical exam, observations and measurements obtained during the examination of the patient. Objective data also includes vital signs, laboratory and diagnostic results (Bates, 2017, pg.7)

Subjective vs. Objective Data-As you begin to acquire data from the patient interview and physical exam, it is important to remember the difference between subjective and objective information. Symptoms are the subjective concerns of what the patient tells you of their experience. Signs are the objective findings from your observations. (Bates, 2017, pg.6). Sequence of data is documented in the manner it is collected from the sequence of the examination. Physical examination follows a cephalocaudal sequence with the cardinal techniques of inspection, palpation percussion and auscultation (Bates, 2018)

Subjective information assists in understanding the patient condition and provides a basis upon which the nurse decides which body systems need to be assessed and which assessments need to be completed. Many of the assessments to be pe



Week 4

Shadow Health Digital Clinical Experience Health History Documentation

SUBJECTIVE DATA: Include what the patient tells you, but organize the information.

Chief Complaint (CC):

History of Present Illness (HPI):



Past Medical History (PMH):

Past Surgical History (PSH):

Sexual/Reproductive History:

Personal/Social History:

Immunization History:

Health Maintenance:

Significant Family History (Include history of parents, maternal/paternal Grandparents, siblings, and children):

Review of Systems: From head-to-toe, include each system that covers the Chief Complaint, History of Present Illness, and History). Remember that the information you include in this section is based on what the patient tells you. To ensure that you include all essentials in your case, refer to Chapter 2 of the Sullivan text.

General: Include any recent weight changes, weakness, fatigue, or fever, but do not restate HPI data here.





Cardiovascular/Peripheral Vascular:









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Health History

Identifying Data

Tina Jones

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Tina Jones, 28 years old

Date of Birth: 2/17/1982

African American


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General Survey

Chief Complaint

1. Redness around the scrape
2. Pain started as 5 or 6, but now a 10/10 with weight bearing
3. Pain is worse during weight bearing, “throbbing and sharp” feeling, Tramadol effective

“I got this scrape on my foot a while ago”

Describes pain as “this pain is killing me”

Scrape happened “1 week ago,” but pain is “worse in the last few days.”

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History of Present Illness

29-year-old AA female presents to clinic for complaints of aching pain 7/10 to bottom of right foot.
Pain started 1 week ago after she scraped her foot, and pain has worsened in the “last few days.”
She describes pain as “this pain is killing me.” New onset, 2 days ago of “white or off-white”
purulent drainage, without odor. Aggravating symptoms are weight bearing resulting in increased
pain 10/10. Relieving factors are the use of Tramadol and non-weight bearing activities. She is
cleansing wound with hydrogen peroxide, and changing the bandage twice a day, every morning
and night. Current dressing is moderately soiled, SS drainage observed seeping through dressing.
She complains of a fever last night with oral temp of 102 degrees Fahrenheit.

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1. Tramadol 50 mg: She is taking 2 tabs three times a day (morning, noon, and night). Last
dose taken this morning.

2. Proventil (Albuterol Sulfate) Inhaler 90 mcg: 2 puffs. Needs 2-3 times/week and has been
needing up to 3 puffs lately. Last date taken unknown.

3. Takes Ibuprofen occasionally for cramps.
4. Denies vitamins


Tina Jones Health History Narrative

Anna M. Medina

Professor Deborah Mathias

NUR 3700: Nursing Health Assessment

Metropolitan State University of Denver



A complete health history based upon work in Shadow Health was completed on Tina

Jones, a twenty-eight year old woman. Ms. Jones came in through the emergency department for

an injury to her right foot. Utilizing interviewing and clinical skills, and clinical reasoning skills,

the ability to perform a health history was successful.

Health History

Finding Data and Reliability

Ms. Tina Jones is a pleasant twenty-eight year old African American woman. She is

seated upright in her hospital bed. She was admitted for further evaluations of her right foot

injury. She is the primary source of the history. She offers information freely. Her speech is

clear and coherent. She maintains good contact throughout the interview.

General Evaluation

Ms. Jones is alert and oriented. She appears to be in pain. She is well nourished. She is

well groomed, dressed appropriately, has good hygiene, and interacts appropriately.

Chief Complaint

Ms. Jones’s chief complaint is that “I hurt my right foot one week ago” They said I

needed to get admitted to the hospital.

History of Present Illness

Ms. Jones has an open wound to her right foot located on the plantar surface. She has

asthma and type II diabetes. She injured her foot by scraping the bottom of a stepping stool. She

states that she was barefoot at the time of the injury. She states that her current pain is 7/10, and

last received medication in the emergency department that seems to be helping. She states that

her pain is made worse when she stands, and is unable to bear weight on her right foot. She does



not monitor her blood sugar and does not take any medications to control her diabetes. She

reports that her asthma is triggered when exposed to cats, dust, or running upstairs. Her blood

pressure is also high as well as being febrile with a temperature of 39.1 C.


She uses a Proventil (Albuterol 90mcg/spray MDI) inhaler for asthma. She last used her

inhaler three days ago. Ms. Jones takes two pills of Advil three times per day: Morning, Noon,

& Night, she does not know the exact dose other than stating “they are not extra strength. She

also reports taking Tylenol for occasional headaches. Denies taking any vitamins or



Ms. Jones is allergic to cats and penicillin. Cats trigger her asthma and causes wheezing,

sneezing, and itching. Her Penicillin allergy causes rash and hives.

Medical History

Ms. Jones has uncontrolled and unmonitored type II diabetes. She has a open right foot

wound that she sustained one week ago will stepping on a stool barefoot. She has asthma and

was last hospital

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