People with chronic conditions and disabilities often experience a range of concurrent physical and mental health issues that result in a complex scenario. It is known that chronic disease is the leading cause of death across the world (Johnson & Chang, 2014). Nurses need to be able to provide care to all health consumers, with a significant role in assessing a person, planning care, communicating with colleagues and ensuring that the holistic needs are met and evaluated. The ongoing nature of the conditions can result in longer term debilitating outcomes if not addressed appropriately. Children, young people, adults and older adults all experience the full range of health issues yet manage them differently.
This assignment encourages you to explore issues facing individuals confronted with long term health issues, to draw upon recent reports and current journal articles to present a paper that informs the reader about the key issues the group may face, the current trends in Australia and the key roles of the nurse within the health environment.
In this task you will need to write an essay:
1.Select one of the following combinations of chronic conditions and then discuss the complex issues related to both issues facing either an individual child or young person or adults or older person (choose one age group only) :
Breast Cancer and COPD
2. Define and analyse the concept of chronicity/disability with particular reference to your chosen scenario;
3. Provide a discussion on the likely impact of the chronic condition/disability and health care need on the chosen client and the client’s family.
4. For each of the above factors, you are required to discuss possible nursing interventions. Remember to focus on the concepts of advocacy, empowerment and client education.
This assignment assesses the following learning objectives:
be able to competently assess the child, adolescent and adult with a chronic condition.
be able to identify, evaluate and implement care needs specific to the child, adolescent and adult in a range of health care settings.
be able to critically analyse nursing strategies used in the management of children, adolescents, adults and families experiencing a range of chronic conditions and those living with terminal illness.
be able to apply and evaluate rehabilitation principles to prevent complications, maintain and restore function for those children, adolescents, adults and families experiencing chronic conditions and disabilities.
be able to apply and evaluate critical thinking and reflection in the context of nursing.
be able to apply and evaluate planning, problem solving and decision making in the context of nursing children, adolescents, adults and families.
be able to apply and evaluate evidence for best practice in nursing for children, adolescents, adults and families.
be able to work collaboratively in a nursing and inter-professional health care team in a variety of settings.
be able to apply, with minimal direction, interpersonal and therapeutic communication skills for children, adolescents, adults and families in a variety of health care settings.
be able to demonstrate consistent application of formal writing skills and evidence of critical thinking, in a variety of genres.
be able to use technology expertly to aid research and present information in a professional manner, consistent with organisational requirements.
MARKING CRITERIA: Chronic conditions and complex health issues
Provides a comprehensive explanation of the chronicity/complexity of the
two chronic conditions and how they interrelate or impact upon each other
Key issues facing populations with the selected chronic conditions.
Provides a comprehensive analysis and evaluation about 2 or more key issues for this population group.
Located, evaluated and synthesised an extensive range of relevant
information from scholarly sources
that substantially some support for
your topic of discussion
Nursing strategies for the person using guiding principles
Provides an extensive and comprehensive explanation and evaluation of 2 or more nursing
strategies in relation to habilitation/rehabilitation which
support the management of
the person with multiple chronic conditions.
Explains and analyses a range of underlying principles when caring for a person with chronic illness or disability
penalty of 5
Work is legible and well presented with consistent formatting throughout
Pages in the essay are formatted as required
Name and student number on each page
Cover page is attached
Grammar, spelling and punctuation are correct.
Essay adheres to the APA referencing conventions both in text and in reference list.
All sources explicitly acknowledged throughout the essay, 15 or more peer reviewed sources are provided and all within the five year suggested age limit.
One of the references: Chang, E., & Johnson, A. (Eds.). (2014). Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice (2nd ed.). Sydney: Elsevier.
Ensure references no older than 5 years.