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Initial assessment following hospitalization (introductory scenario)

Contributed on March 25, 2015, last updated July 14, 2022.



Carol Butler, RN BScN MScN MEd, Fanshawe College

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George Smith, an 80 year old male, has just returned to the nursing home by ambulance after being hospitalized with pneumonia secondary to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. As his student nurse you are to do his admission assessment. As part of that admission you are expected to take his vital signs, communicate appropriately, initiate a focused respiratory assessment and initiate any health teaching.

Learning Objectives:

Implements client safety measures
Evaluates patient assessment information including vital signs
Implements a focused respiratory assessment
Implements therapeutic communication
Implements direct communication with team members
Demonstrates effective team work
Reports accurately and communicates effectively with charge nurse

Simulation Modality:

Manikin-based, Role-playing


Butler C. Initial assessment following hospitalization (introductory scenario). Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2015. Available from

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Target Learners




Practical Nursing


Undergraduate / post-secondary

Fields / Disciplines:

Gerontology / geriatrics / aging

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