This paper explores the nursing process in relation to a patient that was taken care of during a gerontological/rehabilitation experience at a skilled nursing facility on September 25, 2014. An introduction to the patient background and medical history are presented and then the current admitting diagnoses and co-morbid conditions are explained. The pathophysiology along with signs and symptoms of each condition are then explored before a formal Gordon’s Function Health assessment is covered. Associated laboratory and medication information is shown and then finally a nursing care of plan is laid out, which includes three nursing diagnoses along with short term goals and interventions for each. This paper is designed to explore from beginning to end the nursing care of a patient and connect all relevant information in a way that permits a better understanding of patient care for the nursing student that attempts to provide holistic care.
Christopher Bell is a senior nursing student at Kent State Stark. He is completing his bachelors of science in nursing (BSN) and after he graduates plans to work in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in a hospital setting. He enjoys all things science related, exploring the outdoors and working on electronics and cars in his free time.