Posted: September 18th, 2017
Pain Management and Nursing Practice
This first assessment task asks you to write a short essay of 1000 words (max.) on a topic chosen from the list below.
The topics draw on your understanding of concepts and principles covered in the first two modules, and your ability to think critically about the issues, apply your learning to the practice context and communicate your ideas in a professional manner.
According to Purser, Warefield & Richardson (2014), ‘pain has been promoted as the fifth vital sign for a decade, but there is little evidence to suggest that doing so has affected the care of individuals suffering pain’ (p.137).
Decide whether you agree or disagree with this statement, and outline your reasons giving arguments for your key points that are supported by evidence from the literature.
Mrs Jean Davis, a 72-year old woman, has been suffering from chronic pain from osteoarthritis for many years. This limits her mobility especially in the early morning when she finds long periods of lying/sitting down exacerbate the pain in her hips and lumbar and cervical spine. She has been admitted to hospital for elective total hip replacement. Her general health is satisfactory and there are no medical concerns for this patient.
Outline the approach you would take to obtaining a baseline pain assessment for Mrs Davis giving arguments for your key points that are supported by evidence from the literature.
A second year nursing student asks you what the difference is between nociceptive and neuropathic pain, and whether it matters?
Outline your response to the student giving arguments for your key points that are supported by evidence from the literature.
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