NUR2101 Chronic Care Across the Lifespa: Chronic Diseases|Case Study


Task Detail

You are provided with 4 case studies you only need to choose one case study to discuss in this assignment. In each of the scenarios the patient has both chronic diseases and presenting conditions.

You must complete both Part A and Part B of this assessment.

Part A: Written Case Analysis Essay

In this essay you will analyse the case study you have chosen giving a brief description of the chronic conditions and the presenting health issues for the person. This will give context to the Patient Information Resource you create in Part B.

Task Part B – Patient Information Resource.

The Patient Information Resource (PIR) can be written in the style of a pamphlet or hand out, or alternately, a blog or website article for the patient and family/ carer in your case study, about the chronic condition being experienced.

It will describe what the condition is, the nursing care and self-management required by the patient/ family/carer. You must consider the developmental considerations, cultural needs, and health literacy of the patient in your case study and produce a resource that would be appropriate for their needs. The information for your Patient Information Resource (PIR) should have already been addressed in the academic essay, this resource requires you to simplify it and explain it in plain language for your patient. This resource only requires you to focus on the one chronic condition.

Case Scenarios

1: Rebecca

Rebecca is 15 years old. Three years ago, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Rebecca is ready for discharge following an admission to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). This is Rebecca’s fifth hospital admission for DKA over the past twelve months.

Rebecca’s parents are divorced, and she has four younger siblings. Rebecca’s mother has maintained two jobs for the past five years and frequently leaves Rebecca in charge of the household.

2: Brian

Brian Thomas is 81 years old and has recently moved into an aged care setting. He has a daughter and granddaughters whom he is very close to and they are very invested in his life and healthcare. Brian’s wife died 3 years ago and soon after Brian was diagnosed with Dementia and Atypical Parkinson’s disease. Brian currently cannot lift his legs and his balance is affected.

Brian has been hospitalised after a fall and it was found he has a urinary tract infection (UTI) that required intravenous (IV) antibiotics. He is now ready for discharge back to the residential aged care facility.

3: Leslie

Leslie Tindale is 67 years old. She is an elder of the Wakka Wakka people and lives near Cherbourg in southeast Queensland north west of Brisbane. Leslie had smoked cigarettes most of her adult life and five years ago was diagnosed with COPD. Leslie also suffers mild asthma, which she has had since a teenager. Leslie lives with her husband, she has three adult children, each have children of their own.

For the past three years Leslie has contracted pneumonia each winter and has taken longer to recover each time. Leslie has been released from hospital following her fourth episode of pneumonia last week and she remains on oral antibiotics at this time. You are seeing Leslie as an Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care (IROC) nurse in the Cherbourg Regional Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services (CRAICCHS).

4. Than

Than Huang is 52 years old. He owns a very busy business with his wife and has two teenage children. They live in a large regional town west of Toowoomba in Queensland. Than has a history of hypertension which has been difficult to control and chronic glomerulonephritis.

Than has presented to his GP with worsening symptoms of kidney failure. His pathology tests indicate a Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) of 38% and high levels of protein and creatinine.

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