Week 6: Signature Assignment: Case Study
In order to write a case study paper, you must carefully address a number of sections in a specific order with specific information contained in each. The guideline below outlines each of those sections.
Section Information to Include
Introduction (patient and problem) • Explain who the patient is (Age, gender, etc.)
• Explain what the problem is (What were they diagnosed with, or what happened?)
• Introduce your main argument (What should you as a nurse focus on or do?)
Pathophysiology • Explain the disease (What are the symptoms? What causes it?)
History • Explain what health problems the patient has (Have they been diagnosed with other diseases?)
• Detail any and all previous treatments (Have they had any prior surgeries or are they on medication?)
Nursing Physical Assessment • List all the patient’s health stats in sentences with specific numbers/levels
• (Blood pressure, bowel sounds, ambulation, etc.)
Related Treatments • Explain what treatments the patient is receiving because of their disease
Nursing Diagnosis & Patient Goal • Explain what your nursing diagnosis is (What is the main problem for this patient? What need to be addressed?)
• Explain what your goal is for helping the patient recover (What do you want to change for the patient?)
Nursing Interventions • Explain how you will accomplish your nursing goals, and support this with citations (Reference the literature)
Evaluation • Explain how effective the nursing intervention was (What happened after your nursing intervention?
• Did the patient get better?)
Recommendations • Explain what the patient or nurse should do in the future to continue recovery/improvement
Your paper should be 3-4 pages in length and will be graded on how well you complete each of the above sections. You will also be graded on your use of APA Style and on your application of nursing journals into the treatments and interventions. For integrating nursing journals, remember the following:
• Make sure to integrate citations into all of your paper
• Support all claims of what the disease is, why it occurs and how to treat it with references to the literature on this disease
• Always use citations for information that you learned from a book or article; if you do not cite it, you are telling your reader that YOU discovered that information (how to treat the disease, etc.)
Review the rubric for further information on how your assignment will be graded.
Introduction: Introduction summarizes the case comprehensively and prepares the reader for the remainder of the paper.
Pathophysiology: Identifies and thoroughly explains the pathogenesis of the disease topic. Information is scientifically sound, thorough, supported and sufficient.
History, Physical and Related Treatments: Provides a detailed patient history, physical assessment findings, treatment, and related treatments for the disease topic. Information is scientifically sound, thorough, supported and sufficient.
Nursing Diagnosis and Patient Goals: Provides thorough and detailed nursing diagnosis and patient goal. Information is scientifically sound, supported and sufficient.
Nursing Interventions: Thoroughly details the nursing interventions. Detailed explanation of nursing goals. Rationale is thorough, supported and sufficient.
Evaluation: Provides thorough and insightful explanation of the effectiveness of the nursing intervention. Information is scientifically sound, supported and sufficient in detail
Recommendations: Provides an overall thorough explanation of patient recommendations. Clinical findings are supported with evidence, compared and rationalized thoroughly. Recommendations for continued recovery/improvement explained and supported.
APA format and References: Meets all the requirements related to length. There is a minimum of 3 scholarly resources with at least 1 non-internet source. All references are correctly cited in APA format. The student shows a solid grasp of APA formatting, paraphrasing and citations.
Mechanics: Answers are well written throughout. Information is well organized and clearly communicated. The writing is free of spelling and grammatical errors.