Building blocks for pathopharmacological nursing

Building blocks for pathopharmacological nursing

As an advanced practice nurse, it is important to diagnose, treat, and evaluate patients with chronic diseases. A nurse needs to know how a patient’s disease, treatment, routines, and psychosocial issues affect the care they get. Disease management is more than just keeping an eye on a patient’s medication or treatment. It’s also about figuring out how the disease is spreading from the small to the large scale.

As a nurse with a graduate degree, you will be expected to evaluate how patients and groups of people react to long-term illnesses.

For this assessment, you will look into the pathopharmacology of a certain disease process. You could look into traumatic brain injuries, depression, obesity, asthma, heart disease, or other health problems. As part of this evaluation, you will look at how the disease affects the patients, their families, and local, national, and international populations.

Building blocks for pathopharmacological nursing Requirements:

A. Look into the causes of one of the following diseases: a head injury, depression, being overweight, asthma, or heart disease.

1. Analyze the pathophysiology of the disease process you chose in part A.

2. Talk about the standard of care for the disease process you chose.

a. Talk about the evidence-based drug treatments in your state and how they affect how the disease you chose is managed in your community.

Building blocks for pathopharmacological nursing

b. Talk about the clinical guidelines for assessing, diagnosing, and teaching the patient about the disease process you chose.

c. Compare how the disease is usually handled in your community with how it is handled in the state or nationally.

3. Talk about the resources and characteristics of a patient who does a good job of managing the disease you chose, such as access to care, treatment options, life expectancy, and outcomes.

a. Compare how the chosen disease is treated in the United States and in other countries.

4. Talk about three or four things (like money, access to care, being insured or not, Medicare or Medicaid) that affect a patient’s ability to deal with the chosen disease.

a. Explain how a lack of the things talked about in part A4 can lead to a disease that can’t be controlled.

i. Describe what a patient with the chosen disease who is not being treated looks like.

B. Look at how the disease process you chose affects patients, their families, and people in your community as a whole.

1. Talk about the financial costs that patients, families, and populations have to pay for the selected disease from diagnosis to treatment.

C. Talk about how you will get your current healthcare organization to use the best ways to treat the disease you chose.

1. Talk about three ways you could get your current healthcare organization to use best practices for managing the disease you chose.

2. Talk about a good way to measure how well each of the strategies from Part C1 are working.

Building blocks for pathopharmacological nursing

D. When you use sources, make sure to use APA format for all in-text citations and references.

Note: The Rubric Terms link in the Evaluation Procedures section can help you figure out what some of the terms in the rubric mean.

Note: When using sources to back up ideas and parts of an assessment, the submission MUST include in-text citations in APA format and a reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrases. It is not necessary to list the sources that were looked at if they were not quoted or paraphrased in the assessment itself.

Note: Only 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from outside sources, even if they are properly cited. Please look at the APA Handout link in the APA Guidelines section for tips on how to use APA style.

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