Essay: Functional Patterns
Original Discussion Question:Discuss how functional patterns help a nurse understand the current and past state of health for a patient. Using a condition or disease associated with an elimination complexity, provide an example.
My discussion answer post: For the case of the functional nursing patterns, they play a vital role in helping the nurse develop an understanding of the past and the current state of health for a patient. Notably, it is through the use of the functional patterns that the nurse is able to get a comprehensive analysis of the condition of the patient. In that instance, the nurse can be able to administer care which is based on evidence and also patient-centered.
Notably, it is through functional patterns that the nurse is able to conduct a detailed examination and in that case ask the patient questions which bears a huge deal of relevance. In that instance, the nurse will be able to make an informed diagnosis. With such a diagnosis,the nurse will be able to administer the right medication which will be able to treat the patient based on his present and past medical conditions.
Take, for instance, a disease like malaria. In this case, malaria has been associated with elimination complexity(Klepac, Metcalf, McLean, & Hampson, 2013). That being the case, it means that the functional pattern can be effectively utilized to tackle this disease. Notably, some of the symptoms that are presented in the case of malaria are also present for other diseases which have not been associated with the elimination complexity.
That means that functional patterns will have to be used to rule out other ailments in the case of malaria. For instance, a symptom like fever is found in both Malaria and typhoid. That means the functional pattern will have to be used to eliminate the possibility of typhoid. In that case, the nurse will be able to administer the right kind of medication.
- Klepac, P., Metcalf, C. J., McLean, A. R., & Hampson, K. (2013). Towards the endgame and beyond: complexities and challenges for the elimination of infectious diseases. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 368(1623), 20120137. doi:10.1098/rstb.2012.0137