- Working with a partner or a “simulated patient,” use the following questions and actions listed to perform a sensory function assessment. Use critical thinking to ask as-needed follow up questions.
- Do you wear glasses or contact lenses?
- Do you have problems reading or doing close work? Do you have problems seeing far away objects?
- Do you have any floaters in your vision (spots)?
- When have you last had your eyes examined by an eye doctor?
- Is there a family history of glaucoma or other eye diseases?
- Have you ever had eye trauma or surgery?
- Read words from a book or newspaper.
- Do you currently have any ear pain, discharge, or hearing changes?
- Do you note yourself having trouble hearing in certain situations?
- Do you note any dizziness or ringing in your ears (tinnitus)?
- Do you work in an environment where you are exposed to loud noise on a regular basis? Do you wear protection on your ears from the noise?
- Have you taken any medications that came with a warning to report any changes in hearing?
- Have family members or friends mentioned that you seem not to hear?
- Perform the whisper test.
- How is your sense of smell?
- Identify some scents like coffee or lemons with eyes closed.
- Are you able to feel when someone is touching you?
- Do you have unusual sensations or numbness and tingling?
- Identify an object with eyes closed like a key.
- Have you noted any changes in your ability to taste foods?
- Is your appetite “normal” for you? Have you noted a decrease?
- Taste and identify a food like sugar or salt.
Analysis and Care Planning
2. Create a nursing diagnoses based on your assessment findings.
3. Identify a patient-centered goal and SMART expected outcomes.
4. Outline nursing interventions to help the patient to meet the established goal and expected outcome.