An exploration of the priorities of nursing care for an adult patient with a common health condition.

An exploration of the priorities of nursing care for an adult patient with a common health condition.

Summative Assignment:
2500 word essay plus or minus 10%
Credits: 30 Level: 4 Minimum pass mark: 40%
Essay Title: An exploration of the priorities of nursing care for an adult patient/client with a common health condition
This assignment requires you to select one patient scenario from the five available (see below) and to choose one of the identified priorities of care for the patient within the scenario. You are then required to provide an evidenced based discussion on how care will be implemented in relation to the chosen priority.
Assignment criteria:
In order to achieve a pass grade the student is required to:
 Select one patient scenario from the five available
 Provide a brief overview to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the patient’s common health condition and how this may affect his/her physical, mental and social wellbeing (if appropriate)
 Provide an evidenced based discussion on how care will be implemented in relation to the chosen priority
 Incorporate the principles of person centred care including the role of the patient and family as appropriate

 Demonstrate understanding of safe nursing practice

 Discuss the role of the multi-professional team

 The word limit is 2,500 +/- 10%

 Your work should be supported by reference to a range of up to date literature

 The assignment should be presented in accordance with current Assess guidelines

Scenario 4 Scenario

James Cotter is a 55 year old divorced Scottish man, and attends a well man clinic following increasing headaches, some visual changes and pounding in his chest and head. He undergoes investigations in the General Practice setting for hypertension and elevated cholesterol levels. James has only had contact with health care for self-inflicted alcohol related injuries. He takes no medication, but is both a heavy smoker and heavy drinker of alcohol. He is very obese with a BMI of 31.2. He is very nervous of investigations and potential treatment, but is well known to the surgery and local hospital for treatment of minor injuries after alcohol-induced falls.

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