This essay focuses on the nursing care received by a patient during practice placement in the community. The rationale for choosing this patient is because the author participated fully in providing care needs for this particular patient. A good nurse and patient relationship was developed which enabled the author to feel confident and at ease whiles providing care. The author learnt and developed new skills, which will be essential for future clinical practice.
There will be a brief account of the patient's patient profile. Models used to identified the patient's actual and potential problems will be discussed. The author will then critique the models used identifying the strengths and limitations. (Care Plan in Appendix One) In conclusion the author will reflect on the care given and how it will enable self-improvement in providing quality nursing in the future.
In compliance with the NMC (2002) Code of Professional Conduct for confidentiality, the patient involved in this care study will be referred to as Mr.
Ian Clarke to protect his identity. After clearly explaining my intentions, Mr. Clarke gave me his verbal consent to be subject of my care study without obligations.
Mr. Ian Clarke is a 60-year-old English man. A chain smoker who smokes about 15 - 20 cigarettes a day. Mr. Clarke was once married but separated from his wife many years ago. He has 2 children but is not in contact with them. At present Mr. Clarke lives in a single hotel room, provided by social services after spending long periods of time in Prison and later on the streets. He has a lady friend who visits regularly, they have known each other for over 5 years.
Mr. Clarke has a medical history of hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, which was diagnosed 5 years ago and has been administering...