Week 3 discussion
Discussion – Week 3
In clinical settings, advanced practice nurses frequently
use various strategies to treat and manage patients with hypertension and other
cardiovascular disorders. These strategies often include pharmacologic and
nonpharmacologic therapies, natural remedies, and/or changes in patient
behavior. For hypertension patients, behavioral changes including increased
exercise, healthier diet, and smoking cessation have proven to be particularly
beneficial. However, it is important to recognize that treatment and management
plans centered around changes in behavior often require greater patient
commitment. This creates the need for patient-provider collaboration, as well
as appropriate patient education. When patients are actively involved in their
own care and better understand implications of their disorders, they are more
likely to adhere to treatment plans.
Review Part 11 of the Buttaro et al. text and the National
Heart Lung Blood Institute article in this weekâ€™s Learning Resources.
Reflect on your Practicum Experiences and observations.
Select a case from these experiences that involves a patient who presented with
a hypertension problem. When referring to your patient, make sure to use a
pseudonym or other false form of identification. This is to ensure the privacy
and protection of the patient.
Think about the patientâ€™s history including drug treatments
and behavioral factors such as diet, exercise, smoking, etc.
Review the National Heart Lung Blood Institute article in
the Learning Resources. Reflect on health promotion strategies for the patient.
Consider ways to reinforce hypertension management.
Post on or before Day 3 a description of a patient who
presented with a hypertension problem during your Practicum Experience. Explain
the patientâ€™s history including drug treatments and behavioral factors. Then,
suggest two health promotion strategies for the patient. Include suggestions
for reinforcing hypertension management.
Read a selection of your colleaguesâ€™ responses.
Respond on or before Day 6 to at least two of your
colleagues on two different days whose patientsâ€™ histories differed from your
patientâ€™s history. Select two of the following patient factors: genetics,
gender, ethnicity, age, or behavior. Describe how the factors that you selected
might impact the treatments and health promotion strategies for your
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