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December 25, December 25, adminCommunity Health Nursing 0 Comment Community Health Nursing Community nurses are instrumental in linking patients to healthcare and in the promotion of the quality of life of patients. This paper focuses on the case of Mrs. The paper expounds on the implication of the perception a community nurse about the quality of life and health promotion on their care for patients. It articulates three strategies that would be used to elevate the quality of life for Mrs.
Thomas and her husband. A holistic nursing plan for managing Mrs. The paper closes with a discussion on how to intervene on the chronic depression of Mr. It affects how a person goes about their day to day activities. Community health nursing emphasizes on how to help a patient cope better even in the face of a disheartening medical diagnosis.
Different individuals perceive quality of life differently. It is imperative for a community nurse to have a positive perception of quality of life. This cannot be overemphasized in the care of terminally-ill patients Basavanthappa, The way in which a nurse handles patients has a dimension on their happiness and wellbeing.
If one is to achieve holistic care, positive perception of quality of life is to be upheld. Terminally-ill patients need encouragement to adopt health promoting lifestyles. Health promotion has got to do with advice on appropriate diet and physical exercise. The community nurse should underscore the importance of a patient keeping off habits and behaviors that could tax their health like the use of alcohol, smoking and other forms of drug use Carroll, Strategies of improving the quality of life of Mrs.
Thomas Mrs. This pressure is translating into stress for the two of them. Staying at home and her physical pain and recurring symptoms make her feel helpless Basavanthappa, All these are things that weigh heavy on them. There is a need to adopt measures to ameliorate and reduce their stress. Relaxing and resting are sure ways to fight off stress. Thomas need to engage in things that will help them relax. Identifying and reinforcing their hobbies and interests would be a good way to help them have fun and pass time.
Engaging in these activities will serve to take their minds off the thoughts of the difficulty of Mrs. Such activities include visiting friends and family or inviting them over to their place, playing simple games and taking walks together as they relax.
The goal here would be to avoiding negative thoughts as this would be absolutely making them sink into stress Carroll, Another strategy would be encouraging Mrs. Thomas to appreciate herself. Focusing on the self is an essential way to boost her self-confidence, and it would help inculcate courage in her as she faces her suffering. It helps to encourage a patient to look at their life and find a reason to celebrate it.
If Mrs. Thomas would take time to look at herself, she will be convinced of the importance of observing good diet, hygiene and personal health Basavanthappa, Terminally-ill persons are prone to neglecting self-grooming and blaming God for their adversity.
Thomas should be encouraged to groom well and feel good about her looks. She should be advised to continue exercising her spiritual convictions including prayer and meditation.
These things will add on to Mrs. Finally, a community nurse should seek to instill a sense of belonging in Mrs. If her children did not want to come home frequently to check on her because it is painful to see her in her state, this made her feel not wanted.
Most of her relatives are dead, and she may not have many living relatives who can visit her. Thomas should be advised, to out for coffees and social outings. The community nurse should find ways of talking to the children and friends of Mrs. Thomas to convince them on the importance of visiting her Carroll, They should understand that even if it is painful to see her sick, it is a lot more painful to her for them to refuse to visit her and to have to bear it alone.
Social support is an essential instrument to boost Mrs. Holistic nursing action plan for Mrs. Thomas The mastectomies that Mrs. Thomas had underwent, her chemotherapies, radiation therapies and other treatments affect her functional ability. These effects manifests in the form of infections, nausea, pain, vomiting and prolonged fatigue. Psychologically, they feature in the form of stress and feeling emotionally weak. Proper diet is an effective way to boost Mrs. Fruits, proteins, vegetables and dairy products are nutritious and helpful to cancer patients.
Eating healthy serves to energize them for their daily activities and boosts their immunity. A strengthened immunity would help her body to fight off infections Basavanthappa, Physical exercise need to be part of Mrs.
They add on to her improving immunity. Doing jobs that require energy can serve as physical exercise. Aerobics increases metabolism and help to keep fit. Jogging, swimming and walking, are good exercises for cancer patients.
This leads to psychological wellbeing Carroll, As part of adapting, Mrs. Thomas should not smoke tobacco or take alcohol. They can get into addiction and tobacco is not good for her lungs either. Provision of care to Mrs. Thomas once self-care is no longer possible At some point, Mrs.
Thomas will not be able to take care of herself Basavanthappa, The community nurse will need to devise ways of attending her. One needs to check that Mrs. The nurse should attempt going to the hospital when she can and monitor how she is fairing in as far as the accompanying effects of her treatment is concerned Basavanthappa, The nurse should ensure that she helps out when she can on things such as cooking, cleaning and washing.
Spending time with Mrs. Thomas would help to support her emotionally. If left alone, she may fall into self-pity and deteriorate her health. Chatting and comforting would be good for Mrs.
It is essential to share stories and read about other patients of cancer. The nurse should take time to build a social support group Carroll, A social support network would comprise Mrs.
The group would help attend to her needs through her illness. Intervention on Mr. Thomas for psychotherapy. The psychotherapist could prescribe anti-depressants that can help reduce the effects of Mr. He also needs social support so that there are people who would stand with him through the suffering his wife Basavanthappa, Family and group therapy would come in handy for his condition.
Going out on social events would serve to reduce his stress and bring down his depression. Physical exercise is an effective way to spend his time and to relax. References Basavanthappa,. Community health nursing. Medical P. Carroll, P. Community health nursing: A practical guide. Australia: Delmar Learning. Related essays:.
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December 25, December 25, adminCommunity Health Nursing 0 Comment Community Health Nursing Community nurses are instrumental in linking patients to healthcare and in the promotion of the quality of life of patients. This paper focuses on the case of Mrs. The paper expounds on the implication of the perception a community nurse about the quality of life and health promotion on their care for patients. It articulates three strategies that would be used to elevate the quality of life for Mrs. Thomas and her husband. A holistic nursing plan for managing Mrs. The paper closes with a discussion on how to intervene on the chronic depression of Mr.
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