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The student will understand and apply foundational nursing concepts
into a written format. This paper is not about an individual patient, but rather, a
research paper about a medical or surgical disorder. The student will:
Select a medical or surgical diagnosis from a client assigned during your skilled,
long-term care, or acute care clinical rotation.
Research the selected diagnosis using 2 peer reviewed articles from nursing
journals and 1 nursing reference book (your textbook is a good reference to
use). Identify and discuss the pathophysiology of the diagnosis or disorder.
Identify the signs and symptoms that would be associated with this
List the laboratory and diagnostic tests that would be commonly ordered by
the physician for this diagnosis or disorder.
Discuss the common treatments for this diagnosis or disorder, including diet,
fluids, other medical and nursing procedures, and how each would assist with
the client’s recovery.
What are three (3) common medications used for this diagnosis/disorder?
You must include the generic name, trade/brand name, drug classification,
use, and common side effects. If any of the medications require monitoring,
please identify the monitoring.
What is the prognosis or eventual outcomes for this diagnosis or disorder?
How would this diagnosis affect a client’s life?
Rules for paper:
The assignment must be in APA 7
edition format, have a cover sheet, and a
The length of the paper is to be a minimum of 5 pages. 3.
The rubric for this assignment must be turned in with your paper.
Make sure your name is on the paper and the rubric.