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Assessment Task 1-Case Study (1600 words Essay):
Choose one (1) of the case studies below. Your Assessment will be written in academic essay format with an introduction, body and conclusion according to APA Guidelines.
Using evidence specific to your chosen case study, address the following two (2) points:
1. Describe the pathophysiology of the presenting complaint in the case study. (300-500 words)
2. Evaluation of the nurse’s role to deliver developmentally appropriate nursing care in relation to your chosen case study. Address:
• growth and developmental theories,
• family centred care and,
• the effects of hospitalisation of the child, on the child and family.
(1100-1300 words)
Case Study 1
Anne is a 10 year old girl who has presented to the emergency department in the local hospital with right iliac fossa pain. On further assessment by the emergency registrar, appendicitis is suspected.
The surgical team agree that the signs and symptoms are associated with appendicitis and take Anne to theatre for an appendectomy.
The handover on return to the ward is that the surgical team found a gangrenous perforated appendix with peritonitis. Anne has returned to the ward with a nasogastric tube in situ on free drainage, morphine PCA, IV therapy and triple IV antibiotics.
Due to the severity of the infection and the potential complications, Anne will need to remain in hospital for 10 days of IV antibiotics and pain management.
Anne is the oldest of five children and her parents own and run an Indian restaurant in the city.
Instructions, Guidance and Reference Sources:
Please read the following attached documents for further instructions, guidance and various type of reference sources to complete this assignment.
1. Assessment 1 Assistance
2. Assessment 1-Essay Writing (Presentation slides)
3. Primary sources and references
MUST have 15-20 references with correct intext citations. Incorrect references and citations will be penalised. (VERY IMPORTANT)
100% Plagiarism free (VERY IMPORTANT)
Must be written in Australian context.
Must follow APA referencing style
INSTRUCTIONS:
Assessment 1 Assistance
The following is a guide to assist you in writing your essay.
Using evidence specific to your chosen case study, address the following two (2) points: 1. Describe the pathophysiology of the presenting complaint in the case study.
This section is science based and the expectation is that you have a pathophysiology text book and scientific journal articles to quote that discuss the science related to the presenting problem in your chosen case study. You should aim at 300-500 words for this section. The aim is that you attain knowledge of what is happening at a cellular, organ and system level so that you understand the presenting clinical manifestations.
2. Evaluate the nurse’s role in delivering developmentally appropriate nursing care in relation to your chosen case study. Address:  growth and developmental theories, This part of the assessment task is concerned with ensuring that the essay has a child and adolescent focus. Throughout the essay discussion, it is expected that you make reference to the child/adolescent’s expected developmental milestones at that age, depending on which case study you have chosen. It is expected that growth and development research is undertaken for your chosen case study and you make reference to growth and development theories that you think are relevant in enhancing your essay argument. Some ideas include things like, at what age do you include a child/adolescent in medical related conversation? how does a child/adolescent make decisions based on their developmental level? Even through your pathophysiology section, you can make mention of underdeveloped organ systems that might influence your nursing care.  family centred care Neonatal, paediatric and adolescent nurses provide a family centred care model. It is important that this is reflected in your essay and may bring forward issues of consent, compliance and child/adolescent presentation into care. How are siblings affected? the role of the family and the extended family? cultural influences? and whatever may be specific to the chosen case study.  the effects of hospitalisation of the child, on the child and family This part follows on from the family centred care component, where it is important to understand the effects of a child’s presentation to health services, particularly in a hospital setting, on not only the child/adolescent but the whole family.
All of the above points should indicate how you will give nursing care in a paediatric setting.

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