Sample Nursing Paper on Nursing Care of the Preoperative and Post operative client

The focus of this term paper is the nursing care for a client undergoing surgery.  Students will be asked to select a post general surgical client and discuss the nursing care for this client before and after surgery.  The paper will include a teaching component for the client and if appropriate for family members.

  1. The student is to select a client undergoing General Surgery. No laparoscopic appendectomy or cholecystostomy will be allowed unless approved by clinical instructor.  The surgery must require that the client remains in the hospital for at least 24 hours. The student will base their paper on the surgical procedure of the selected client.
  2. The paper will address the following areas
  1. Brief discussion of the pathophysiology necessitating the surgery and brief discussion of the patient’s surgery.
  2. Pre-operative- nursing care for your client and/or care specific to surgical procedure. This is to include care you did and care that should be done even if you were not the one to do it
  3. Intra operative care. Intra- operative nursing care to include: intra-operative nursing activities by the circulating and scrub nurse: Examples include Aseptic technique, positioning and safety.
  4. Post operative nursing care for your client and/or care specific to the surgical procedure and your client. (This is to include care you did and care that should be done even if you were not the one to do it), . Post operative teaching plan for the client and their family (this should include what they need to know after surgery, in the hospital.

E Teaching plan for discharge needsThis needs to be specific to your client.

  1. Identify two potential or actual complications and how nurses prevent or manage those complications. Examples: Pain, DVT, Pneumonia, Urinary Retention, Anemia etc.
  1. The paper must be completed in APA format.
  2. The paper is expected to be 6-10 pages in length.
  3. Points will be deducted for incorrect information regarding all sections.
  4. Students are to use a minimum of 4 appropriate sources.  One of these sources must be a research article and one peer reviewed article in the body of the paper. These articles must be current as evident by the publication year.
  5. Papers will lose 20% for every day late and will not be accepted after 72 hours post due date.  (Students must inform the instructors if the term paper will be late)