Taking a history
Nurses are traditionally people who do things to make people better, or at least more comfortable. However, the work is inefficient and sometimes even dangerous if they do not first gather the relevant information to tailor their actions to the individual patient or situation.1 This is just as true of practice nursing as any other form of nursing, and is still important even when you know the patient well. This module will explore content and methods of gathering a history and how to adapt those methods to suit the circumstances and the people involved.
This resource, consisting of five assessment questions at basic level, tests your knowledge of the skills required for taking a history. Complete the resource, including reading the featured articles and undertaking some or all of the activities, to obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing professional development to include in your annual portfolio.
After completing this module you will know how to:
1. Hastings A & Redsell S (Eds) The Good Consultation Guide for Nurses. Radcliffe Publishing, Oxford. 2006
Practice Nurse featured articles
Managing the routine consultation Katherine Hunt
For a summary of the clinical consultation: http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/History-and-Physical-Examination.htm
For key elements of taking a history: University College London. Taking a history and examination 2012-2013 http://www.ucl.ac.uk/pcph/undergrad/cbt/year4/history-and-examination
Education for Health. Core consultation skills workshop http://www.educationforhealth.org/shop.php/courses/148/core-consultation-skills
RCN Learning Zone. Communication skills in healthcare. E-learning activity http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/learning/learningzone/personal_skills/communication_skills_in_health_care