Perceptions of students on the physical exams in clinical nursing practice


  • Maria de Fátima Lima de Oliveira
  • Waldemar Brandão Neto
  • Andrea Rosane Sousa Silva
  • Ana Virgínia Rodrigues Veríssimo
  • Ana Márcia Tenório de Souza Cavalcanti
  • Estela Maria Leite Meirelles Monteiro



Physical Examination, Nursing Process, Clinical Competence, Nurse-Patient Relations, Education, Nursing.


Objective: to understand the perceptions of students from an undergraduate course in nursing on the importance of physical exams in clinical nursing practice. Methods: a qualitative study with 12 students of a private institution. For data analysis, the method of interpretation of meanings was used, based on the hermeneutic-dialectic perspective. Results: directions have been identified which give the physical exam an objective dimension, in which the accuracy of propaedeutic techniques is essential, and a relational dimension in which to give meaning to human actions permeated by subjectivity, new forms of production clinical nursing care are used.Conclusion: the physical exam contributes to the development of critical thinking in nursing care for the safety of the patient and autonomy to act in the scope of the clinical practice.




How to Cite

Oliveira, M. de F. L. de, Neto, W. B., Silva, A. R. S., Veríssimo, A. V. R., Cavalcanti, A. M. T. de S., & Monteiro, E. M. L. M. (2016). Perceptions of students on the physical exams in clinical nursing practice. Rev Rene, 17(2), 268–277.



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