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Pulmonary Assessment

The purpose of this educational activity is to enable the learner to identify best practices for conducting a pulmonary assessment


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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify two (2) primary outcomes of gas exchange in the lungs.
  2. Select three (3) abnormal lung sounds.
  3. Choose three (3) elements included in a respiratory assessment.

Learning Outcome

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to demonstrate knowledge about completing a pulmonary assessment by passing a quiz with 85% or greater accuracy.


Lois Platt, MSN, RN

Ms. Platt has had extensive experience in a variety of health care settings, including as Staff Development Coordinator in a Long-Term Care facility. She also worked as a Term Assistant Professor of Nursing for the University of Alaska Anchorage AAS Nursing Program for many years as well as coordinating and teaching a Certified Nursing Assistant Program. Prior to entering nursing education, Ms. Platt worked in both staff nurse and Clinical Resource Manager positions in a small Critical Access Hospital in rural Alaska. Her work experience also includes staff and charge nurse positions on Medical-Surgical and Intensive Care Units. Ms. Platt obtained a Diploma in nursing from Joseph Lawrence School of Nursing in New London, Connecticut; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Connecticut; and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska.

Pulmonary Assessment - Healthcare Academy
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Pulmonary Assessment


Being able to quickly and accurately assess respiratory function is an essential competence of the nurse caring for individuals living in long-term care. This educational activity serves as a review of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system as well as signs and symptoms of specific pulmonary disorders as well as guidelines for performing a targeted physical assessment of that system.

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