The Patient and Family Care Study is a detailed report on the comprehensive nursing care rendered to a particular patient/family within a specific period. The study is based on the nursing process which is a specific problem-solving approach involving five (5) steps, namely; Assessment, Diagnosis, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation.
The Care Study offers the student nurse an opportunity to have a broader knowledge about a particular disease/condition and to apply his/her theoretical knowledge and skills acquired from the various subjects including medical nursing, surgical nursing, advanced nursing, pharmacology, and public health nursing. It also helps the student to improve upon his/her ability to identify an individual’s and family health problems and devise skillful ways of solving them holistically to their satisfaction. It helps the student nurse to establish and enhance a cordial relationship with the patient and family while exploring new avenues of nursing due to the changing trend of nursing. The patient and family care study serve as a partial fulfillment in the award of a professional certificate by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana to practice as a Registered General Nurse.
My first and foremost thanks go to the Almighty God for granting me the strength, wisdom, knowledge, and guidance to under this study. I am grateful to my patient Madam R.A and her family for their cooperation and contributions which helped to make this study a success.
I express my profound gratitude to the nurses and the doctor at the Female Ward of Ho Municipal Hospital for their assistance and support in the care of Madam R.A.
I would like to extend my greatest thanks to the entire tutors of the Nurses Training College, Ho especially my supervisor for her patience, supervision, corrections, and suggestions in making this study a success.
I also acknowledge the authors and publishers of the various literature used as references in this study.
Finally, I wish to express my deepest gratitude to my family especially my father Mr. Agodzo Emmanuel, and friends for their support, encouragement, and contribution to the success of this careful study.
This study is a detailed report on the extensive nursing care rendered to Madam R.A a 59-year-old woman who was admitted to the Female Ward at Ho Municipal Hospital on the 7th of November, 2019 with a history of severe abdominal(epigastric) pain, nausea, vomiting and weakness and was diagnosed with Peptic Ulcer Disease(PUD).
Interaction with Madam R.A and her family started on 7th November 2019. The necessary care was rendered using the nursing process approach and ended on 25th November 2019 when the last home visit was made. On the day of admission, she was wheeled into the ward accompanied by a nurse and two relatives, she was experiencing severe abdominal(epigastric) pain, vomiting, nausea, and weakness. The following laboratory investigations were requested; Full Blood Count, Albumin Level Estimation, Globulin, BUN Level Estimation, Blood Creatinine, and Routine Stool Examination.
A systematic method of comprehensive care was used to nurse-patient and family with the nursing process. The patient’s condition improved and she was discharged on the 13th of November, 2019. The patient spent six (6) days at the hospital and official interaction lasted for eighteen (18) days, the care was terminated on the 25th of November, 2019. This report has been divided into five (5) chapters as follows:
- Chapter one focuses on the assessment of patient and family, patient’s particulars, family’s medical and socioeconomic history, patient’s developmental history, patient’s lifestyle and hobbies, patient’s past and present medical history, patient’s concept of illness, literature review on PUD including the causes, clinical features, types, diagnostic investigations, treatment, prevention and complications and validation of data.
- Chapter two deals with the analysis of data, comparison of data with the standards, pharmacology of drugs, patient’s/family strength, patient’s/family health problems, and nursing diagnosis.
- Chapter three deals with planning for patient/family care, objective/outcome criteria, and nursing care plan.
- Chapter four deals with the implementation of care, a summary of care rendered, preparation of patient/family towards discharge and rehabilitation, and follow-up visits/continuity of care.
- Chapter five includes evaluation of care rendered to patient and family, statement of evaluation, amendment of the nursing care plan for partially met/unmet outcome criteria, termination of care, summary, conclusion, bibliography, and signatories.