Topics: Nursing, Nursing theory, Nursing process Pages: 5 (1081 words) Published: June 25, 2013
Black text is the assignment guidelines you have been given Black text highlighted in yellow are parts of the assignment guidelines that I am specifically drawing your attention to Red text is additional information|

The assignment guidelines are there for your benefit please carefully read them, as your work develops keep reading them.

Your assignment will be marked using the recently introduced level 5 marking criteria that can be found on-line.

Please seek module supervision – your module supervisor is there to help you understand the assignment and help you submit an acceptable piece of work.



This assignment should provide evidence of theoretical understanding underpinning practice. It is a summative assessment that requires you to write a 3000 word case (if you write less than this you automatically penalise yourself- remember you can go 10% over the word limit) study on an adult patient. The patient must have a condition that is covered in the module content i.e. a patient who has a neurological, cardiac, respiratory, metabolic or a neoplastic disorder.

The case study should accurately reflect the care provision and contain the following elements:

Title page
This should contain the title of case study.

An introductory paragraph
This should briefly explain to the reader what you are aiming to do and how your case study will be structured e.g. name the physical aspects of nursing care that you will be addressing. Include a statement about maintaining the patient’s anonymity. In this assignment there is no need to keep saying “I”.

Background history
Provide information on the patient’s background e.g. age, occupation, lifestyle, social situation, cultural background, housing status, health status, disability, spirituality, family / support network, relevant nursing and medical history etc. Why is the patient currently receiving care / seeking help? – no rambling, life / medical histories, but a concise comprehensive overview of who this person is. KEEP THIS CONCISE AND TO THE POINT DO NOT WASTE YOUR WORD COUNT DISCUSSING IRRELEVANT DETAILS ABOUT THE PATIENTS LIFE.

The pathophysiology of the patient’s diagnosis
Explain the patient’s signs and symptoms by describing how their condition disrupts the normal structure and functioning of the body. Relate the pathophysiology to your patient – reference/s required.

Assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation Ensure you include the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of all aspects of the care discussed. Assessment may include specific tools used (consider their value and evidence to support their use) e.g. the numeric rating scale for the measurement of pain. The APIE model does not need to be discussed as a separate paragraph but must run consistently through your discussion of care.

In order to cover all aspects of care you could use a recognised nursing model e.g. Activities of Daily Living –Roper Logan and Tierney IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO SPEND TIME DISCUSSING NURSING MODELS OR THE RLT MODEL YOU JUST NEED TO APPLY THE NURSING PROCESS TO THE PATIENT / ASSIGNMENT

This is a nursing assignment as such you should not focus on medical tests and investigations

Nursing interventions – This section will form a significant part of your case study You need to describe and discuss the nursing care for the following areas and undertake an analysis of the issues/care given. This will require you to engage with the literature and ensure that the care you are discussing under the 3 headings below is evidence based i.e. there is a clear rationale for the nursing interventions you describe

* Physical – e.g. wound care, pain management, dyspnoea, insomnia, immobility, fluid imbalance etc. Only choose 2 or 3 issues – this means that there will be aspects of nursing care that...

References: These provide a list of the literature which has been specifically mentioned in the text either as a direct quote or paraphrase. The references should be set out using the Modified Harvard System of referencing.

A list of the books and journals you have used but not referred to in the text. The bibliography should be
set out using the modified Harvard system of referencing.
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