Can be any of these types : Broad term used in applying the nursing process to health data. May be conducted starting at the head and proceeding in a systematic manner downward (head-to-toe assessment) Procedure can vary acc. to: age, severity of illness, preferences of nurse, location of the examination, agency"s priorities and procedures. Regardless of the procedure , they are needed to be considered: pt energy, pt time. Conducted in a systemic and efficient manner that results in the fewest position changes for the client. Nurses use national guidelines and evidence-based practice to focus health assessment on specific conditions. Nurse should explain : when and where the examination will take place, why it is important, what will happen, all information gather and documented during assessment is kept confidential. Nurse should determine any positions that are contraindicated for a particular pt. Nurse assists the client as needed to undress and put on a gown.