How to Get a Patient History | Nurse Practitioner Tips

Do you ever find yourself spending an ENTIRE 20 minute visit getting a history alone?

And even with all that time, you still leave the room and feel like you didn’t even get the info you needed?

In this week’s video I’m sharing my top tips for not only a FASTER history, but also more accurate– so you can take great care of your patients, save time and quite honestly, health care dollars.

You’ll learn:

  • My top tip to keep your patient visits moving
  • Potential pitfalls of where you could be missing info (and how to ask questions to get the answers you’re looking for)
  • The most important question to ask to save you TONS of time in each visit

Check it out here πŸ‘‡

Other videos I mentioned:

Once you’ve watched, I’d love to hear from you.

Leave me a comment with what you can bring back to your practice, or other things you do to get a fast, accurate patient history.

Be sure to share your thought directly in the comments, no links or videos as they may be removed.

Thanks so much for watching. Hang in there, and I’ll see you soon.


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12 thoughts on “How to Get a Patient History | Nurse Practitioner Tips”

  1. I love your videos! So informative and always so helpful and realistic. My problems when getting the health history is often getting the patient redirected back to the question I have asked without them going off on a tangent about their dog or their recent vacation or something. I like your technique about giving them options of answers. Again. Thank you for all you do!

  2. Excellent videos. The systematic approach really helps and yes don’t leave the room without getting enough data to rule in and rule out. By doing this, I am getting much efficient and comfortable At diagnosing.
    Thanks great video

  3. Marissa Pederson

    Thank you, Liz! As a FNP student in my last semester, I appreciate your tips on how to be more efficient in the history taking, particularly re-directing and interrupting as needed. You made a great point-you need to redirect to get all the information you need to help your patient.

  4. Any advice for patients with multiple complaints? I sometimes have a difficult time with time management with patients who come in with 5-6 complaints.

    1. Hey! So sorry for the late reply, this got buried for some reason. Have you checked out the How to Make a Plan of Care and Time management videos? Definitely check out the Plan of Care one first if you haven’t– it’s a balance, for sure. But the mindset and belief behind WHY you’re addressing less is super important to not feel badly about selecting 1-2. They’re both here:

  5. Love your tips. I’ve been a Fanily NP for 25 yrs and I learn something useful or brand new every time I listen! One thing…. could you slow down just a little? You talk really fast (which I’m sure you know) and sometimes I miss important info.
    Many thanks! Great job!

    1. Awesome! So glad to hear it. I definitely do talk fast πŸ™‚ At the bottom right corner, there’s a gear symbol that you can change the speed to 0.75x or 0.5x, hopefully that helps!

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