The purpose of this assignment is for the student to reflect on the nursing care of a critically‐ill individual from a clinical experience. The student will demonstrate clinical reasoning skills and will discuss interdisciplinary care that had been incorporated and/or anticipated during the care of the critically‐ill individual.
This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes:
1. Provide nursing care to patients and their families in critical and emergent care settings based on theories and principles of nursing and related disciplines.
2. Initiate the use of appropriate resources in direct care responsibilities within critical‐care and emergent care settings.
3. Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication and relationship skills in providing care to patients and families in critical‐care and emergent care settings.
4. Demonstrate effective clinical decision‐making based on critical thinking skills and legal, ethical,and professional standards and principles when caring for patients and families in critical care and emergent care settings.
5. Implement a plan of for continued personal, professional, and educational development related to nursing practice within critical‐care and emergent care settings.
6. Use evidence including research findings from nursing and related disciplines to answer clinical questions related to nursing care of patients in critical care and emergent care settings.
Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests
Identify and list a summary of relevant and significant lab values and diagnostic tests/procedures performed. Include the rationales for performing the tests and for any abnormal results. Provide an analysis of the relationships between/among the diagnostic tests and lab results with the critically‐ill individual’s current condition(s).
Identify and list a summary of relevant and significant medications. Indicate the trade name and generic name, the medication classification, the therapeutic use, major adverse effects, timing, dosage, route of administration, and the nursing implications. Also include the rationale(s) as to why the medication is prescribed for treatment. For example, document the rationale for how the treatment corrects the critically‐ill individual’s condition or a side effect of another drug that is prescribed for treatment. *This information can be presented in a table.
In order of priority, identify three (3) nursing diagnoses for the individualized plan of care for this patient. Two of the nursing diagnoses must address actual problems, and one of the nursing diagnoses must be a “Risk for” or “Potential Complication” (PC). For each nursing diagnosis, include three (3) nursing outcomes, three (3) nursing interventions, and three (3) collaborative interventions. *This section can be presented as a table or concept map.