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Maximising Health Using the Nursing Process In conclusion, this systematic cyclical approach to care has proved to be beneficial to Mrs Florence Nightingale

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  • Submitted: 14/02/2007
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Maximising Health

To protect the resident's identity, the resident will be called Mrs Florence Nightingale. Mrs Florence Nightingale has been selected to demonstrate how to maximize health using the nursing process. She is a 77 year's old elderly resident in a private up-market nursing home in an EMI unit, who's unable to self mobilize and is dependent upon a hoist for transferring. She is unable to verbally communicate, or feed her self. Due to her restricted mouth movement, difficulty with swallowing and fear of choking she is only fed in liquid form, which is thickened. She suffers from multiple disorders such as Alzheimer's, CVA (stroke) and is doubly incontinent. Issues focusing on sustenance intake and surrounding issues will be explored in order to maximize the health of Mrs Florence Nightingale. Issues include psychological and social impacts of eating alone, ensuring adequate nutritional intake and adequate mouth care. Through the nursing process the patient's perspective of health is identified in order maximize the patient's health.

The nursing process is an organised, systematic and cyclical method of giving goal oriented, humanistic care to patients that's both effective and efficient (Alfaro-LeFevre, R. 1994), it is often supported by nursing

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