Evaluate patients for treatment of neurologic and musculoskeletal disorders

Sabrina is a 26 year old female who has just been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She has scheduled an appointment for a follow up with her physician but has several questions about her diagnosis and is calling the Nurse Helpline for her hospital network. As she talks with the advanced practice nurse, she learns that her diagnosis also impacts her neurologic and musculoskeletal systems. Although multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder, both the neurologic and musculoskeletal systems will be affected by adverse symptoms that Sabrina needs to be aware of and for which specific drug therapy plans and other treatment options need to be decided on.

As an advanced practice nurse, what types of drugs will best address potential neurologic and musculoskeletal symptoms Sabrina might experience?

evaluate patients for the treatment of neurologic and musculoskeletal disorders by focusing on specific patient case studies through a decision tree exercise. You will analyze the decisions you will make in the decision tree exercise and reflect on your experiences in proposing the recommended actions to address the health needs in the patient case study.

  • Evaluate patients for treatment of neurologic and musculoskeletal disorders
  • Analyze      decisions made throughout the diagnosis and treatment of patients with      neurologic and musculoskeletal disorders
  • Justify      decisions made throughout the diagnosis and treatment of patients with      neurologic and musculoskeletal disorders
  • For      your Assignment, your Instructor will assign you one of the decision tree      interactive media pieces provided in the Resources. As you examine the      patient case studies in this module’s Resources, consider how you might      assess and treat patients presenting symptoms of neurological and      musculoskeletal disorders.
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  • To      Prepare
  • Review      the interactive media piece assigned by your Instructor.
  • Reflect      on the patient’s symptoms and aspects of the disorder presented in the      interactive media piece.
  • Consider      how you might assess and treat patients presenting with the symptoms of      the patient case study you were assigned.
  • You      will be asked to make three decisions concerning the diagnosis and      treatment for this patient. Reflect on potential co-morbid physical as      well as patient factors that might impact the patient’s diagnosis and      treatment.
  • Write      a 1- to 2-page summary paper that addresses the following:
  • Briefly      summarize the patient case study you were assigned, including each of the      three decisions you took for the patient presented.
  • Based      on the decisions you recommended for the patient case study, explain      whether you believe the decisions provided were supported by the      evidence-based literature. Be specific and provide examples. Be sure to      support your response with evidence and references from outside resources.
  • What      were you hoping to achieve with the decisions you recommended for the      patient case study you were assigned? Support your response with evidence      and references from outside resources.
  • Explain      any difference between what you expected to achieve with each of the      decisions and the results of the decision in the exercise. Describe      whether they were different. Be specific and provide examples.

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