Care plans are made individually for a specific person. Care plans are made to bring comfort and support... It’s important to be aware of communication, both verbal and non-verbal. It’s important to always communicate slowly and clearly so that the resident can understand you. Always try to empathize with your resident, (empathize to see from their point. I would ask on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, and 1 being the lowest, how the pain feels, by communicating you can find out their pain level then inform the Nurse who will then check to see if medication can be administered.
This information will help you be able to determine if Mrs. Baker is declining at any point of her stay. It is also important to check the patient’s skin especially around the head and face. Geriatric patients bruise faster as they age so when Mrs. Baker collapsed she may have hit her head and that is causing her confusion. Looking for a bruise around the head and face may be a sign of this if Mrs. Baker is unable to remember what happened. If the patient is able to respond to you doing a pain assessment is also a very important step in doing a complete assessment on a patient.
Contemporary Nursing Task 1 This paper will describe the actions taken to care for Mrs. Eli Baker, a 73-year-old female, who was transferred to the emergency room after she collapsed in her backyard. A friend who had spoken to her on the phone, just prior to collapse, stated that she felt she was confused and beside herself. Upon arrival to ER, she has dyspnea with an increased respiratory and pulse rate. Mrs. Baker has a history that includes diabetes and hypertension. Her history includes the recent start of a new blood pressure medication: lisinopril (Micromedex, 2013).
2. Which assessment takes priority while the nurse provides oral care?A) Assess the sides of the oral cavity for any open sores. Feedback: INCORRECT Considering the client’s recent history of nausea and vomiting, another assessment takes priority at this time. B) Observe for excessive dryness of the mucus membranes. Feedback: CORRECT Because the client has a recent
Baraah Alardah Task 1 RTT1 Question: Discuss how an understanding of nursing-sensitive indicators could assist the nurse in this case in identifying issues that may interfere with patient care. In this case; I would like to define the nursing-sensitive indicators which correlate with Mr. J’s status. The nursing sensitive indicators in this scenario are falls, pressure ulcers and restraint use. The impact my knowledge influences the care I give to the patient promote me to offer safer environment to prevent falls. Provide adequate lighting to patient.
Measurements, dates and times are specifically important and if not written legibly, can have dire consequences. Miscommunication of a procedure, intervention or care-plan directly affects a patient’s level of care. In nursing, language barriers create an easy path for information to get lost in translation. A patient may be confused, embarrassed or scared to ask questions, and although someone may be listening to you, it doesn’t necessarily mean they understand the concept you’re trying to get across. It is essential for nurses to make sure a patient truly understands what is being said by using simple, common words and avoiding medical terminology.
The advance practice nurse can help identify the potential obstacles to successful management of chronic pain and provide education, interventions and support. While physical health can be objectively determined the perception of pain is highly subjective, it is whatever the individual says it is, and can vary in definition throughout the lifespan of an individual. A clearer understanding of the process and nature of pain encourages planning and better adaptation of the physical and cognitive changes that chronic pain can cause. The role of the advance practice nurse is to assist the individual to have a sense of management of chronic pain at any point in their life and to help them achieve the highest level of adaptation to whatever situation chronic pain exists. Definitions Management is defined as the “act or process of controlling and dealing with something” (Merriam-Webster, 2011).
Discuss the assessment and management of chronic pain in relation to holistic nursing practice. Introduction This essay, chronic pain will be explained in relation to assessing and managing the pain of the sufferer as well as discussing chronic pain in relation to holistic nursing practice. This pain has been described by many sufferers as an unpleasant experience that the body and mind strive to avoid (Schofield 2006). The pain ‘’often doesn’t go away and treatment needs to be continuous’’ (Pain Relief Health Resources 2001). There are many ways to define pain as each person is different and may possibly have a way of defining pain.
"Most are inclined not to believe that the 'nice little old lady' is an alcoholic," Campbell says. (2) Some physicians also are reluctant to diagnose an elderly person as an alcoholic, because they're unsure how to treat the disease, or are pessimistic that the person will be able to cope with the disease. In actuality, the elderly have among the highest rates of success in treatment, says Joanne Schwartzberg, M.D., director of the AMA’s department of geriatric health. (2) To combat the problem, the American Medical Association recently released Alcoholism in the Elderly: Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention, a set of guidelines that is being distributed to 110,000 primary care physicians nationwide. Doctors are encouraged to use the guidelines to screen every patient over 60 to ensure that illness or chronic disease is not being caused or aggravated by alcoholism.