Week 4 – Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Disorders
Posted on: Monday, December 21, 2020 12:51:28 AM EST
Happy Monday Morning Class and Welcome to Week 4.
During this week, we will begin a new Module that will allow us to explore the Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Systems. It is important to note that signs and symptoms of the two disorders are quite similar. Over the course of this week, we will learn more about both disorders and then you will be given the opportunity to review a patient case study. Based on the information provided, you will then be asked to diagnose the patient and design an appropriate drug therapy plan.
Required Readings: Please plan accordingly throughout the week to read all required reading materials. As a Nurse Practitioner, you will have several patients to present with gastrointestinal issues. Understanding disorders concerning will enable you to confidently treat your patients.
Assignment Due Day 7: Please view your Assignment tab under Week 4 for detailed information.
By Day 7 of Week 4
- Utilize the following case study:
Patient HL comes into the clinic with the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, and
diarrhea. The patient has a history of drug abuse and possible Hepatitis C. HL is
currently taking the following prescription drugs:
- Synthroid 100 mcg daily
- Nifedipine 30 mg daily
- Prednisone 10 mg daily
Assignment: Pharmacotherapy for Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Disorders
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Gastrointestinal (GI) and hepatobiliary disorders affect the structure and function of the GI tract. Many of these disorders often have similar symptoms, such as abdominal pain, cramping, constipation, nausea, bloating, and fatigue. Since multiple disorders can be tied to the same symptoms, it is important for advanced practice nurses to carefully evaluate patients and prescribe a treatment that targets the cause rather than the symptom.
Once the underlying cause is identified, an appropriate drug therapy plan can be recommended based on medical history and individual patient factors. In this Assignment, you examine a case study of a patient who presents with symptoms of a possible GI/hepatobiliary disorder, and you design an appropriate drug therapy plan.
- Review the case study assigned by your Instructor for this Assignment
- Reflect on the patients symptoms, medical history, and drugs currently prescribed.
- Think about a possible diagnosis for the patient. Consider whether the patient has a disorder related to the gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary system or whether the symptoms are the result of a disorder from another system or other factors, such as pregnancy, drugs, or a psychological disorder.
- Consider an appropriate drug therapy plan based on the patients history, diagnosis, and drugs currently prescribed.
By Day 7 of Week 4
Write a 1-page paper that addresses the following:
- Explain your diagnosis for the patient, including your rationale for the diagnosis.
- Describe an appropriate drug therapy plan based on the patients history, diagnosis, and drugs currently prescribed.
- Justify why you would recommend this drug therapy plan for this patient. Be specific and provide examples.
Reminder: The College of Nursing requires that all papers submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. The Sample Paper provided at the Walden Writing Center offers an example of those required elements (available at http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/57.htm). All papers submitted must use this formatting.