NURS2037 Introduction To Alterations In Health

NURS2037 Introduction To Alterations In Health
Word Count : 1200
Weight : 40%
Format: Case study
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NURS2037 Introduction To Alterations In Health

Introduction To Alterations In Health


Aim : The aim of this assessment is to enable students to complete the short answer questions using evidence based information from relevant literature.

Word Count : There is a word limit of 1200 words. Use your computer to total the number of words used in your assignment. However, do not include the reference list at the end of your assignment in the word count. In-text citations will be included in the additional 10% word count. If you exceed the word limit by more than 10% the marker will stop marking at 1200 words plus 10%.

Case Study with three (3) Short Answer Questions

Catherine is a 45-year-old woman who has been admitted to your ward and is scheduled for a left radical mastectomy. She is currently peri menopausal and has no family history of breast cancer. She began taking the oral contraceptive pill when she was 19 years old. Catherine lives a sedentary lifestyle, and her only exercise is the 5-minute walk to the bus stop every day. Catherine eats a healthy diet of varied organic foods. Catherine does not conduct regular self-breast examinations. During a recent doctor’s visit, a lump was found on palpation by her GP in the upper left quadrant of Catherine’s left breast. An urgent breast ultrasound and biopsy was ordered. The sentinel node biopsy returned a positive result. Catherine was diagnosed with a stage IIIA breast adenocarcinoma. After consultation with the breast surgeon and the breast care Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC), Catherine elected to have a left radical mastectomy. Catherine’s surgery went as planned and she has not experienced any postoperative complications. Catherine has been ordered I.V. 2.5mg to 5mg Morphine every 4-6 hours for pain relief. Catherine reports she has a pain level of 5/10 resting, that increases to 8/10 when moving. The Breast Care CNC has visited Catherine on several occasions to offer support and clinical education.
In addressing the Australian National Health Priority Area of Cancer Control, use a person-centred care approach to
respond to the following:

Question 1 (500 words): Discuss one (1) non-pharmacological nursing comfort measure a Registered Nurse can
undertake to help manage Catherine’s postoperative pain (in combination with the pharmacological management
discussed in the case study)

Question 2 (700 words):

a) Explain the pathogenesis of lymphoedema that may occur postoperatively for Catherine who has undergone
axillary lymph node removal during her breast cancer surgery.

b) Explain how applying a compression bandage on Catherine’s left arm assists in the management of lymphoedema.

– Each question should be answered separately.
– Answers are to be written in a formal academic tone without colloquial or slang words.
– Answers are to be written in the third person (he/she or they/them/their). Do not use I/my/our/your.
– Answers are to be written clearly and concisely using correct spelling and grammar and written in complete sentences and paragraphs.
– Bullet points are NOT acceptable.
– All answers MUST include in-text references and a reference list must be included at the end of the assessment.
– The reference list is NOT included in the word limit.


All assignments are to be typed.
Typing must be according to the following format:
3 cm left and right margins, double spaced.
Font: Arial or Times New Roman Font size: 12pt

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