Nurs 6512N-47- Advanced Health
Assessment 2021, Walden university
Week 4 Assignment
Assignment 1: Lab Assignment: Differential
Diagnosis for Skin Conditions
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Properly identifying the cause and type of a patient’s skin condition involves a
process of elimination known as differential diagnosis. Using this process, a
health professional can take a given set of physical abnormalities, vital signs,
health assessment findings, and patient descriptions of symptoms, and
incrementally narrow them down until one diagnosis is determined as the most
In this Lab Assignment, you will examine several visual representations of
various skin conditions, describe your observations, and use the techniques of
differential diagnosis to determine the most likely condition.
Review the Skin Conditions document provided in this week’s Learning
Resources, and select one condition to closely examine for this Lab Assignment.
Consider the abnormal physical characteristics you observe in the graphic you
selected. How would you describe the characteristics using clinical
Explore different conditions that could be the cause of the skin abnormalities in
the graphics you selected.
Consider which of the conditions is most likely to be the correct diagnosis, and
Search the Walden library for one evidence-based practice, peer-reviewed article
based on the skin condition you chose for this Lab Assignment.
Review the Comprehensive SOAP Exemplar found in this week’s Learning
Resources to guide you as you prepare your SOAP note.
Download the SOAP Template found in this week’s Learning Resources, and use
this template to complete this Lab Assignment.
The Lab Assignment
Choose one skin condition graphic (identify by number in your Chief Complaint)
to document your assignment in the SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment,
and Plan) note format rather than the traditional narrative style. Refer to Chapter
2 of the Sullivan text and the Comprehensive SOAP Template in this week’s
Learning Resources for guidance. Remember that not all comprehensive SOAP
data are included in every patient case.
Use clinical terminologies to explain the physical characteristics featured in the
graphic. Formulate a differential diagnosis of three to five possible conditions for
the skin graphic that you chose. Determine which is most likely to be the correct
diagnosis and explain your reasoning using at least three different references,
one reference from current evidence-based literature from your search and two
different references from this week’s Learning Resources.
By Day 7 of Week 4
Submit your Lab Assignment.
Submission and Grading Information
To submit your completed Assignment for review and grading, do the following:
Please save your Assignment using the naming convention “WK4Assgn1+last
name+first initial.(extension)” as the name.
Click the Week 4 Assignment 1 Rubric to review the Grading Criteria for the
Click the Week 4 Assignment 1 link. You will also be able to “View Rubric” for
grading criteria from this area.
Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My Computer button. Find
the document you saved as “WK4Assgn1+last name+first initial.(extension)” and
If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the checkbox for I agree to
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Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.
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Submit your Week 4 Assignment 1 draft and review the originality report.
Submit Your Assignment by Day 7 of Week 4
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