Neurological Technique

Neurological Technique

N3425 Holistic Health Assessment

Rubric grading of assessment forms

One point is subtracted for each occurrence of the following, up to 10 points or more total for

the form. (Meaning students can’t get an A on the assessment if they use one of the

following 10 or more times.) See rubric for application in each form.

1. NA or Not applicable.

For this class, N/A or not applicable is appropriate only concerning the reproductive

system, if the item refers to a finding or process which does not apply to the sex of

the patient. For instance, date of last menstrual period (LMP): If the patient is male,

putting N/A for that item is allowed.



2. Good. For instance, referring to skin turgor as “good” is not sufficiently specific for

this class. Students need to describe the good finding: Elastic, for instance.


3. Normal. In this assessment class, students need to be more specific. Describing

bowel sounds as “normal in all 4 quadrants” is fine in a clinical setting, but for

purposes of this class, more specificity is required. The term “active” describes what

normal is, and is what is needed here.


4. Within normal limits. Describe what was found, even if that is normal. This makes

you use the terminology—say it. There are examples in the textbook for most




Here are a couple of things to keep in mind, and they are in table form, below:

When interviewing the assessment partner for the subjective finding, if the partner denies

having a problem, using the word “denies” is not sufficient documentation for that entry.

State what is denied.

Give a full description of findings for each entry, not leaving any blanks.

When describing a finding, state whether it is unilateral (on the left or the right) or bilateral.

Use units of measure: mmHg, millimeters. Your book no longer requires the use of

denominators for reporting strength (___out of 6) or reflexes (__out of 4) so you won’t get

points off for not using them, but they are still a good idea, and we encourage their use in

your assessments and in your employment. Do you remember “off the top of your head”

what a reflex is scored out of: 4, 5, or 6? It is 4, actually, but we can’t all remember for

every assessment! Assume the person reading the form doesn’t know the normal unit, and

you must supply it.



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Section of the Paper

Expectation (See Grading Rubric)


Format Not


Spelling Incorrect

Font An easily readable font such as Times New Roman, Ariel, or Calibri



Not followed

Subjective Data See textbook or examples

Subjective and objective

Separate subjective and objective data Mixed up data

Follow template

Submission per stated guidelines

See Syllabus and instructions late

Describe assessment, avoid using vague terms such as normal, NA, good, etc.

Uses terms not allowed

If patient does not have finding, must state “denies __________”.

States only “denies”


Ecomap Detail




Client not on legend

No names – use initials or relationships

Lymph nodes Missing name and / or Bilateral-each

Tonsils Bilateral, 0 to 4+



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TMJ Bilateral

Sinuses Percussion and/ or Transillumination Bilateral


Thyroid No masses and/ or Bilateral/bruits

MSK Name, ROM and / or Bilateral each

Temporal Artery


Carotid Artery Bilateral

Tympanic Membrane


Canal/cerumen Bilateral

Pinna, Tragus, Lobe



Neurological Technique (CN 1-Separate scents for each nostril)


CN name, number and correct test each error


Reflexes 1+ to 4+

Nails Cap Refill and /or angle with # of digits X10 digits

Resp Rate Breaths per minute Not listed as breaths/min

Heart Rate Beats per minute Not in cardiac

APETM Aortic

Pulmonic Erb’s point Tricuspid Mitral Abnormal heart sound name, grade, etc.

Not complete in Cardiac

Pulses Bilateral using amplitude scale in book: 0 – 4+

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