Weekly assignment: conduct an assessment on the following body systems: You may conduct the assessment on a fellow student, friend, or family member. Remember to secure their permission. using the process described in the textbook. Jarvis, C. (2019). Physical Examination and Health Assessment (8th Edition). Elsevier Health Sciences (US). OR ANY OTHER NURSING TEXTBOOK. Write a summary of the assessment (subjective & objective data in narrative note) and the skills utilized. Do not disclose any patient identifiers.

Summary of Assessment:

The assessment focused on the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems of the individual. The subject, referred to as “Patient X” throughout this summary, granted permission for the assessment to be conducted. The purpose of the assessment was to gather subjective and objective data to evaluate the functioning of these body systems.

Subjective Data:

During the assessment, Patient X provided subjective information regarding their musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health. Patient X reported occasional joint pain, primarily in the knees and shoulders. The pain intensity was described as moderate, occurring during physical activities such as walking long distances or carrying heavy objects. Additionally, Patient X mentioned occasional episodes of shortness of breath during exercise but denied chest pain or palpitations. No history of musculoskeletal or cardiovascular disorders was reported.

Objective Data:

Musculoskeletal Assessment:

Upon further examination, Patient X demonstrated a full range of motion in all major joints without any signs of swelling, redness, or deformities. Muscle strength appeared normal and symmetrical in all extremities. Palpation of the joints revealed no tenderness or crepitus. Both spinal alignment and posture were adequate, with no visible abnormalities. During the assessment, the patient exhibited normal gait and balance.

Cardiovascular Assessment:

During the cardiovascular assessment, Patient X’s vital signs were within the normal range. Blood pressure was measured at 120/80 mmHg, heart rate at 80 beats per minute, respiratory rate at 16 breaths per minute, and temperature at 98.6°F. Auscultation of the heart revealed regular rate and rhythm, with clear S1 and S2 heart sounds. No extra heart sounds or murmurs were detected. Peripheral pulses were palpable and equal bilaterally.

Skills Utilized:

To conduct this assessment, various skills were utilized, including interviewing, inspection, palpation, and auscultation.


The assessment began with an interview to gather subjective data about Patient X’s musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health. Effective communication skills were employed to create a comfortable and non-judgmental environment, allowing the patient to express their concerns and provide accurate information.


During the inspection phase, Patient X’s physical appearance, posture, and gait were carefully examined. No abnormalities were observed in musculoskeletal or cardiovascular structures.


The musculoskeletal assessment involved palpating the joints to assess for tenderness, warmth, and crepitus. No abnormalities were found during this process. Additionally, muscle strength was evaluated by having the patient push and pull against resistance.


Auscultation was performed to assess the cardiovascular system. The heart sounds were auscultated using a stethoscope, focusing on the presence of abnormal sounds such as murmurs or extra heart sounds. No abnormalities were detected during this process.

Concluding Note:

In conclusion, Patient X’s musculoskeletal assessment revealed normal findings, with no significant signs of joint pathology or dysfunction. The cardiovascular assessment indicated normal vital signs, normal heart sounds, and palpable peripheral pulses. This assessment provides valuable information regarding Patient X’s musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health status, which can be used to monitor any changes and develop appropriate interventions if necessary.

Please note that this summary only includes a limited amount of data and does not disclose any patient identifiers in order to protect patient privacy. Further assessment and analysis would be necessary to make a comprehensive clinical judgment.