NRNP 6540 WEEK 1: Assessment of Older Adults
Please refer to your required readings and media. These are the best sources to use as APA citations and references. Yes – these are required in all of your writings! (See the note in doc sharing for more information on APA format)
Case Study :
Mr. Perkins, age 81, reports for an annual physical examination. He says he is doing well. His only known problem is osteoarthritis. He also requests a flu shot. He takes no medications other than Tylenol for arthritis pain. When he walks into the exam room, you notice that he is using a straight cane in his right hand. When you ask about the cane, he says he began using the cane because the pain in his right hip had increased significantly over the past 6 months.
THEN: Review the case study and based on the provided information, think about a possible patient evaluation plan. As part of your evaluation planning, consider where the evaluation would take place, whether any other professionals or family members should be present, appropriate assessment tools and guidelines, and any other relevant information you may wish to address.
Consider whether the assessment tool you identified was validated for use with this specific patient population and if this poses issues. Think about additional factors that might present issues when performing assessments such as language, education, prosthetics, missing limbs, etc.
Consider immunization requirements that may be needed for this patient.
Keep in mind that as nurse practitioners, whether you are primary care or acute care, patient and family education is always important. This includes education about medications, tests, treatment plans, immunizations, diagnosis, and health promotion.
PLEASE COVER ALL POINTS IN YOUR DISCUSSION. POINTS WILL BE DEDUCTED IF ALL POINTS ARE NOT ADDRESSED! I recommend that you write your discussion in a word document on your computer, spell and grammar check, save it, and then copy and paste into BB. Always review the rubric in BB.
REMEMBER TO CITE AND REFERENCE IN APA 7 TH EDITION WHERE NEEDED. I also recommend that you cite your sources from the readings from your required and recommended reading lists!
BY DAY 6:
Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days in one or more of the following ways: – put this on your calendar reminders or post on your computer as a reminder. You cannot receive a grade if you do not respond to two classmates.
Suggest alternative assessment tools and explain why these tools might be appropriate for your colleagues’ patients.
Recommend strategies for mitigating issues related to use of the assessment tools your colleagues discussed.
Explain other health promotion considerations for patients in this population or with related issues.
There are many great geriatric assessment tools! I hope you will explore and get to know many of them! I have posted some good ones in doc sharing for you.