Assignment: Lab Assignment: Assessing the Genitalia and Rectum NURS 6512N-32

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Assignment: Lab Assignment: Assessing


the Genitalia and Rectum


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Patients are frequently uncomfortable discussing with healthcare professional’s issues

that involve the genitalia and rectum; however, gathering an adequate history and

properly conducting a physical exam are vital. Examining case studies of genital and


rectal abnormalities can help prepare advanced practice nurses to accurately assess

patients with problems in these areas.

In this Lab Assignment, you will analyze an Episodic note case study that describes

abnormal findings in patients seen in a clinical setting. You will consider what history

should be collected from the patients, as well as which physical exams and diagnostic

tests should be conducted. You will also formulate a differential diagnosis with several

possible conditions.

To Prepare

 Review the Episodic note case study your instructor provides you for this week’s

Assignment. Please see the “Course Announcements” section of the classroom for your

Episodic note case study.

 Based on the Episodic note case study:

o Review this week’s Learning Resources, and consider the insights they provide about

the case study. Refer to Chapter 3 of the Sullivan resource to guide you as you

complete your Lab Assignment.

o Search the Walden library or the Internet for evidence-based resources to support your

answers to the questions provided.

o Consider what history would be necessary to collect from the patient in the case study.

o Consider what physical exams and diagnostic tests would be appropriate to gather

more information about the patient’s condition. How would the results be used to make

a diagnosis?

o Identify at least five possible conditions that may be considered in a differential

diagnosis for the patient.

The Lab Assignment

Using evidence-based resources from your search, answer the following questions and

support your answers using current evidence from the literature.

 Analyze the subjective portion of the note. List additional information that should be

included in the documentation.

 Analyze the objective portion of the note. List additional information that should be

included in the documentation.

 Is the assessment supported by the subjective and objective information? Why or why


 Would diagnostics be appropriate for this case, and how would the results be used to

make a diagnosis?

 Would you reject/accept the current diagnosis? Why or why not? Identify three possible

conditions that may be considered as a differential diagnosis for this patient. Explain

your reasoning using at least three different references from current evidence-based


By Day 7 of Week 10

Submit your Assignment.

Submission and Grading Information

To submit your completed Assignment for review and grading, do the following:

 Please save your Assignment using the naming convention “WK10Assgn+last

name+first initial.(extension)” as the name.

 Click the Week 10 Assignment Rubric to review the Grading Criteria for the


 Click the Week 10 Assignment link. You will also be able to “View Rubric” for grading

criteria from this area.

 Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My Computer button. Find the

document you saved as “WK10Assgn+last name+first initial.(extension)” and

click Open.

 If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the checkbox for I agree to submit

my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.

 Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.

Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:

Week 10 Assignment Rubric

Check Your Assignment Draft for Authenticity

To check your Assignment draft for authenticity:

Submit your Week 10 Assignment draft and review the originality report.

Submit Your Assignment by Day 7 of Week 10

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What's Coming Up in Module 4?


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Next week, you will consider how evidence-based practice guidelines and ethical

considerations factor into health assessments. You specifically explore evidence-based

practice guidelines and ethical considerations for specific scenarios.

Week 11 Final Exam

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Next week, you take your Final Exam, which will cover the topics and resources from

Weeks 7, 8, 9, and 10 for this course. Please take the time to review and plan your time

accordingly so that you may be better prepared for your exam.

Next Module

To go to the next Module:

Module 4


Learning Resources


Required Readings (click to expand/reduce)

Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R. W.

(2019). Seidel's guide to physical examination: An interprofessional

approach (9th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.


 Chapter 17, “Breasts and Axillae”

This chapter focuses on examining the breasts and axillae. The authors

describe the examination procedures and the anatomy and physiology of



 Chapter 19, “Female Genitalia”

In this chapter, the authors explain how to conduct an examination of

female genitalia. The chapter also describes the form and function of

female genitalia.


 Chapter 20, “Male Genitalia”

The authors explain the biology of the penis, testicles, epididymides,

scrotum, prostate gland, and seminal vesicles. Additionally, the chapter

explains how to perform an exam of these areas.


 Chapter 21, “Anus, Rectum, and Prostate”

This chapter focuses on performing an exam of the anus, rectum, and

prostate. The authors also explain the anatomy and physiology of the

anus, rectum, and prostate.

Dains, J. E., Baumann, L. C., & Scheibel, P. (2019). Advanced health

assessment and clinical diagnosis in primary care (6th ed.). St. Louis, MO:

Elsevier Mosby.

Credit Line: Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care, 6th Edition by Dains, J.E., Baumann, L. C., &

Scheibel, P. Copyright 2019 by Mosby. Reprinted by permission of Mosby via the Copyright Clearance Center.

Chapter 5, “Amenorrhea”

Amenorrhea, or the absence of menstruation, is the focus of this chapter.

The authors include key questions to ask patients when taking histories

and explain what to look for in the physical exam.

Chapter 6, “Breast Lumps and Nipple Discharge”

This chapter focuses on the important topic of breast lumps and nipple

discharge. Because breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in

women, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis. Information in the

chapter includes key questions to ask and what to look for in the physical


Chapter 7, “Breast Pain”

Determining the cause of breast pain can be difficult. This chapter

examines how to determine the likely cause of the pain through diagnostic

tests, physical examination, and careful analysis of a patient’s health


Chapter 27, “Penile Discharge”

The focus of this chapter is on how to diagnose the causes of penile

discharge. The authors include specific questions to ask when gathering a

patient’s history to narrow down the likely diagnosis. They also give advice

on performing a focused physical exam.

Chapter 36, “Vaginal Bleeding”

In this chapter, the causes of vaginal bleeding are explored. The authors

focus on symptoms outside the regular menstrual cycle. The authors

discuss key questions to ask the patient as well as specific physical

examination procedures and laboratory studies that may be useful in

reaching a diagnosis.

Chapter 37, “Vaginal Discharge and Itching”

This chapter examines the process of identifying causes of vaginal


discharge and itching. The authors include questions on the

characteristics of the discharge, the possibility of the issues being the

result of a sexually transmitted infection, and how often the discharge

occurs. A chart highlights potential diagnoses based on patient history,

physical findings, and diagnostic studies.

Sullivan, D. D. (2019). Guide to clinical documentation (3rd ed.).

Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis.


 Chapter 3, "SOAP Notes" (Previously read in Week 8)

Cucci, E., Santoro, A., DiGesu, C., DiCerce, R., & Sallustio, G. (2015).

Sclerosing adenosis of the breast: Report of two cases and review of the

literature. Polish Journal of Radiology, 80, 122–127.

doi:10.12659/PJR.892706. Retrieved from


Sabbagh , C., Mauvis, F., Vecten, A., Ainseba, N., Cosse, C., Diouf, M., &

Regimbeau, J. M. (2014). What is the best position for analyzing the lower and middle rectum and sphincter function in a digital rectal examination? A

randomized, controlled study in men. Digestive and Liver Disease, 46(12),

1082–1085. doi:10.1016/j.dld.2014.08.045


Westhoff , C. L., Jones, H. E., & Guiahi, M. (2011). Do new guidelines and

technology make the routine pelvic examination obsolete? Journal of

Women’s Health, 20(1), 5–10.


This article describes the benefits of new technology and

guidelines for pelvic exams. The authors also detail which

guidelines and technology may become obsolete.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Sexually transmitted

diseases (STDs). Retrieved from


This section of the CDC website provides a range of information on

sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The website includes reports on

STDs, related projects and initiatives, treatment information, and program


Document: Final Exam Review (Word document)


Optional Resource

LeBlond, R. F., Brown, D. D., & DeGowin, R. L. (2014). DeGowin’s

diagnostic examination (10th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill Medical.


 Chapter 8, “The Chest: Chest Wall, Pulmonary, and Cardiovascular

Systems; The Breasts” (Section 2, “The Breasts,” pp. 434–444)

Section 2 of this chapter focuses on the anatomy and physiology of

breasts. The section provides descriptions of breast examinations and

common breast conditions.


 Chapter 11, “The Female Genitalia and Reproductive System” (pp.


In this chapter, the authors provide an overview of the female reproductive

system. The authors also describe symptoms of disorders in the

reproductive system.


 Chapter 12, “The Male Genitalia and Reproductive System” (pp. 563–584)

The authors of this chapter detail the anatomy of the male reproductive

system. Additionally, the authors describe how to conduct an exam of the

male reproductive system.


 Review of Chapter 9, “The Abdomen, Perineum, Anus, and Rectosigmoid”

(pp. 445–527)

Required Media (click to expand/reduce)

Online media for Seidel's Guide to Physical Examination

It is highly recommended that you access and view the resources included with

the course text, Seidel's Guide to Physical Examination. Focus on the videos and

animations in Chapters 16 and 18–20 that relate to special examinations,

including breast, genital, prostate, and rectal. Refer to the Week 4 Learning

Resources area for access instructions on

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