Do nurses do physical exams?

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asked Dec 26, 2021 in Other- Health by Sameltrik (640 points)
Do nurses do physical exams?

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answered Jan 3, 2022 by Larry S (42,350 points)

Nurses in hospitals do perform and do physical exams.

It is within the RN scope of practice to interview, perform and document a history and physical exam for health screening purposes and/or for use by and at the request of a physician.

A full physical exam at a doctors office is an exam that examines your entire body and your vital signs, head, eyes, ears, nose, throat etc.

In general, the standard physical exam typically includes: Vital signs: blood pressure, breathing rate, pulse rate, temperature, height, and weight.

Vision acuity: testing the sharpness or clarity of vision from a distance. Head, eyes, ears, nose and throat exam: inspection, palpation, and testing, as appropriate.

Your doctor will both visually and physically examine your vagina, vulva, and cervix, checking for any abnormalities that may be indicative of cancer, sexually transmitted disease, or other benign condition.

As part of the pelvic exam, your doctor will perform a bimanual exam.

The woman's physical exam includes the same examination as a male but with a few different types of examination such as breast exam as well as pelvic exam.

At a woman's physical your doctor will also check the lymph nodes in the underarm area and look for visual abnormalities of the breasts and nipples.

Pelvic exam: The pelvic exam allows examination of the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus and ovaries.

Some things to expect in a physical at a doctors office include checking of your vital signs such as blood pressure, breathing rate, pulse rate, temperature, height, and weight.

Checking of your vision acuity such as testing the sharpness or clarity of vision from a distance.

Head, eyes, ears, nose and throat exam: inspection, palpation, and testing, as appropriate.   

To find a good primary care physician ask family and friends about the doctors and physicians they use and ask them how good the doctor or physician is.

Go visit a doctors office and setup and appointment with the physician and get your own experience and you can always switch physicians when needed.

You can also check the doctors reviews online at places such as.

    Google My Business.

To choose the right doctor ask around and visit doctors offices.

Visit the doctor and also check the doctors credentials.

Determine Which Doctors Are “In-Network”
Find a Doctor with Expertise that Meets Your Health Needs.
Ask for Referrals.
Think About Logistics.
Visit the Doctor.

The right to choose a healthcare provider: In addition to your primary healthcare provider, this also covers specialists, who are generally physician-referred.

The right to make decisions: It's up to you to decide which course of treatment you want to follow, if at all.

A doctors credentials can easily be checked online at

You can easily check a doctors credentials online.

To check a doctors credentials go to the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) website to check the basics with their search function.

You will find the doctor's board certifications, education, states with active licenses, and any actions against the physician.

A physician is a doctor although there are differences between physicians and doctors.

A physician is a general term for a doctor who has earned a medical degree.

Physicians work to maintain, promote, and restore health by studying, diagnosing, and treating injuries and diseases.

Physicians generally have six core skills.

A big difference between physician and doctor is that a physician only refers to an individual who has earned a medical Doctorate Degree and is certified to diagnose patients, provide them with care and treatment for illnesses and injuries, and prescribe necessary medication.

Since the sole purpose of a medical degree is to practice medicine, physicians are highly trained in their field. Furthermore, aside from general practitioners, many physicians specialize in a specific area of medicine.

Therefore, anyone who has earned a medical degree, such as a cardiologist or obstetrician, is considered a physician.

Doctors and physicians do get paid during their residency.

The average annual salary for for a doctor or physician during their residency is around $63,400.00 per year.

Although you get paid during your residency as a doctor or physician the pay is usually a bit less than you would make when you become a full doctor and a full physician.

Residents are doctors in training.

The doctors in residency have graduated from medical school, been awarded an M.D. degree, and now are training to be a particular type of doctor — such as a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, or a type of surgeon.

In their first year of such training, residents are sometimes called interns.

Residency or postgraduate training is specifically a stage of graduate medical education.

It refers to a qualified physician (one who holds the degree of MD, DO, MBBS, MBChB) or podiatrist (DPM) who practices medicine or podiatry, respectively, usually in a hospital or clinic, under the direct or indirect supervision of a senior medical clinician registered in that specialty such as an attending physician or consultant.

In many jurisdictions, successful completion of such training is a requirement in order to obtain an unrestricted license to practice medicine, and in particular a license to practice a chosen specialty.

An individual engaged in such training may be referred to as a resident, registrar or trainee depending on the jurisdiction.

Residency training may be followed by fellowship or sub-specialty training.

Whereas medical school teaches physicians a broad range of medical knowledge, basic clinical skills, and supervised experience practicing medicine in a variety of fields, medical residency gives in-depth training within a specific branch of medicine.

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