NU416: Chronicity Within Nursing Care Across The Lifespan

NU416 Unit 8 Discussion

Topic: Health Promotion

The diagnosis of a chronic illness represents a major transition in an individual’s life.  Life as it was is no more and will not be again. Imagine a patient with several chronic illness diagnoses and multiple prescribers. This patient has diagnosis of congestive heart failure, hypertension, and diabetes. There are many self-management care and health promoting lifestyle changes that accompany the diagnosis of these chronic illnesses that the individual will need to incorporate into his or her daily life.

What are the challenges that face this patient?

What evidence-based health promotion interventions would be helpful to motivate the individual to make the necessary changes?

What are the challenges that face the healthcare system relative to quality chronic illness care?

What can nurses do to bring about the necessary changes to our healthcare system?

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