Health Assessment

 Arrange an appropriate time and setting with your volunteer “patient” to perform a skin, hair, and nails examination. 

Download and review the Skin, Hair, and Nails Student Checklist and Key Points, provided in this week’s Learning Resources, and review the Seidel’s Guide to Physical Examination online media.

 Perform the skin, hair, and nails examination, covering all of the areas listed in the checklist.


  • Skin: Start by observing the color, texture, moisture, temperature, and any lesions. Use a good light source. Ask the patient about any changes, itching, or pain.
  • Hair: Look at the color, distribution, and texture. Ask about any changes, loss, or scalp problems.
  • Nails: Observe the color, shape, and condition of the nails. Look for any abnormalities like ridges, spots, or discoloration. Ask about any changes or problems.

Remember to always explain what you’re doing to the patient and ensure they’re comfortable throughout the examination.