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Nursing Case Study: Critical Reflection and Clinical Reasoning

Added on -2019-09-22

This assessment requires critical reflection and clinical reasoning skills to evaluate the professional conduct of a nurse/midwife in a clinical incident. Students must answer questions related to the incident and support their answers with relevant clinical and professional standards. The case study involves an 81-year-old patient who presented with breathlessness and was admitted to the hospital. The patient's condition deteriorated, and she eventually died due to septicaemia.
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The aim of this assessment is to develop your understanding when evaluating the professional conduct of a nurse/midwife in a case study provided. The case study is a shortened version of a decision statement selected from Decisions of the Professional Standards Committee from the Nursing and Midwifery Council New South Wales, featuring a clinical incident. This assessment also develops individual skills for critical reflection and the application of clinical reasoning in practical situations.DetailsStudents are to draw on the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and the NMBA professional practice documents to develop critical responses to the clinical incident. The following questions are required to be answered for this assessment:1. What happened in this clinical incident?2. What activities did the nurse or midwife need to complete in the immediate situation?3. What professional behaviours may have made a difference in this situation?4. What do you learn from this case study about your own preparedness for professional practice?Support your answers with reference to the relevant clinical and professional standards that apply to professional practice. Assessment 2 Nursing Case Study On 5 January 2013, Patient A, who was 81 years old, presented to a GP clinic complaining of two nights of breathlessness when lying flat and shortness of breath. Onexamination, Patient A was found to have fine creps at the base of both lungs and slightly elevated jugular venous pressure. Her renal function was normal. She was commenced on oral Lasix and was recommended to have a clinical review two days later. On 6 January 2013, Patient A attended a local (rural) hospital again with shortness of breath. Patient A was admitted to hospital as the oral Lasix had not improved her symptoms. On 9 January 2013, Patient A reported dizziness. This coincided with an atrial fibrillation (AF) rate of 120/ min. The VMO was called to review Patient A. Patient A was refusing food and liquid at this time and was complaining of feeling very weak and having abdominal pain. At 0830 hours on 10 January 2013, the VMO again assessed Patient A. He concluded that Patient A was depressedand anxious. He encouraged nursing staff to mobilise Patient A. The nursing notes that followthe VMO attendance refer to discharge planning at 1021 hours, and then, at 1315 hours, comment that Patient A felt unwell, had refused breakfast and lunch, had no energy and required encouragement to mobilise. Patient A's respiratory rate was recorded as 28-30/ minute, but other vital signs were within normal limits. At 1820 hours, the progress notes state that Patient A refused to tolerate her dinner. At 1910 hours, Patient A was observed to have a respiratory rate of 40/min and she was tachycardic at 122/min. At 1930 hours, Patient A was documented as feeling "woozy", her skin was cold and clammy and she was complaining of severe back pain. Her BSL was 16.1mmmol/I. An ECG was conducted, which showed a heart rate of 168/min. The VMO was again called. He stated that Patient A should be administered Digoxin and Valium. At 2110 hours, showing Patient A's respiratory rate was still at 40/min. At 0530 hours on 11 January 2013, nursing notes state that Patient A was unable to void, was pale and grey, and had clammy skin and nausea. At 0830 hours on 11 January 2013, the VMO assessed Patient A and wrote "?Significant medical illness". An abdominal x ray and pathology were ordered. The VMO returned at 1330 hours and noted that Patient A "won't/ can't mobilise [because of] pain in back and abdo" and that her white cell count had risen to 17.5, despite an absence of fever. A urinary tract infection was subsequently diagnosed and intravenous antibiotics were commenced at approximately 1430 hours. Registered Nurse (RN) John* commenced his afternoon shift as the nurse in charge at 1430 hours on 11 January 2013. He read Patient A's progress notes at approximately 1445 hours. RN John was immediately concerned about Patient A's condition. At approximately 1720 hours, Patient A reported to nursing staff that she was feeling dizzy and had abdominal pain (8/10). She was observed to have a respiratory rate of 40-44/min, very low blood

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