Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Initial assessment

The initial assessment identifies the client characteristics including, but not limited to: 

  • Level of formal education;
  • Gender;
  • Age;
  • Cultural background;
  • Language spoken;
  • Religious preference;
  • Family patterns of decision-making; and
  • Health practices and beliefs about medical care.
                                       (Deyirmenjian, Karam, & Salameh, 2006; Fredericks, 2009a)