Respiratory Assessment

This program is designed to develop the participant’s current knowledge of the principles and practice of respiratory assessment and management.

For the generalist registered nurse, opportunities to undertake further study related to conducting a comprehensive physical assessment may have been limited.

For this reason, the program briefly revises the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system and the foundation physical assessment strategies of inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation as they relate to respiratory assessment.

This comprehensive program also includes a section on the management of the patient receiving oxygen administration.


To assist the registered nurse to maintain and demonstrate theoretical knowledge related to respiratory assessment and management

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program participants will demonstrate the ability to: •Name the anatomical structure of the respiratory system

  • Identify appropriate strategies to assess airway and breathing in a variety of situations
  • Recognise the difference between a routine respiratory assessment and an emergency respiratory assessment
  • Relate characteristics of normal and abnormal breath sounds to likely causes
  • Identify use and clinical considerations of oximetry
  • Review appropriate interventions when airways and breathing is ineffective
  • Determine the most appropriate method of oxygen administration for a variety of patient presentations
  • Outline management of a patient receiving oxygen therapy

Duration: 2 – 4 Hours

Respiratory Assessment