NURS 6512 Assignment: Assessing the Head Eyes Ears Nose and Throat

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NURS 6512 Assignment: Assessing the Head Eyes Ears Nose and Throat

NURS 6512 Assignment: Assessing the Head Eyes Ears Nose and Throat

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Most ear, nose, and throat conditions that arise in non-critical care settings are minor in
nature. However, subtle symptoms can sometimes escalate into life-threatening
conditions that require prompt assessment and treatment.
Nurses conducting assessments of the ears, nose, and throat must be able to identify
the small differences between life-threatening conditions and benign ones. For instance,
if a patient with a sore throat and a runny nose also has inflamed lymph nodes, the
inflammation is probably due to the pathogen causing the sore throat rather than a case
of throat cancer. With this knowledge and a sufficient patient health history, a nurse
would not need to escalate the assessment to a biopsy or an MRI of the lymph nodes
but would probably perform a simple strep test.
In this Case Study Assignment, you consider case studies of abnormal findings from
patients in a clinical setting. You determine what history should be collected from the
patients, what physical exams and diagnostic tests should be conducted, and formulate
a differential diagnosis with several possible conditions.
To Prepare

 By Day 1 of this week, you will be assigned to a specific case study for this Case Study
Assignment. Please see the “Course Announcements” section of the classroom for your
assignment from your Instructor.
 Also, your Case Study Assignment should be in the Episodic/Focused SOAP Note
format rather than the traditional narrative style format. Refer to Chapter 2 of the
Sullivan text and the Episodic/Focused SOAP Template in the Week 5 Learning
Resources for guidance. Remember that all Episodic/Focused SOAP Notes have
specific data included in every patient case.
With regard to the case study you were assigned:
 Review this week's Learning Resources and consider the insights they provide.
 Consider what history would be necessary to collect from the patient.

 Consider what physical exams and diagnostic tests would be appropriate to gather
more information about the patient's condition. How would the results be used to make
a diagnosis?
 Identify at least five possible conditions that may be considered in a differential
diagnosis for the patient.
The Assignment
Use the Episodic/Focused SOAP Template and create an episodic/focused note about

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the patient in the case study to which you were assigned using the episodic/focused
note template provided in the Week 5 resources. Provide evidence from the literature to
support diagnostic tests that would be appropriate for each case. List five different
possible conditions for the patient's differential diagnosis and justify why you selected
each.
By Day 6 of Week 5
Submit your Assignment.
Submission and Grading Information
To submit your completed Assignment for review and grading, do the following:
 Please save your Assignment using the naming convention “WK5Assgn1+last
name+first initial.(extension)” as the name.
 Click the Week 5 Assignment 1 Rubric to review the Grading Criteria for the
Assignment.
 Click the Week 5 Assignment 1 link. You will also be able to “View Rubric” for grading
criteria from this area.
 Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My Computer button. Find the
document you saved as “WK5Assgn1+last name+first initial.(extension)” and
click Open.
 If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the checkbox for I agree to submit
my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.
 Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.
Grading Criteria
To access your rubric:
Week 5 Assignment 1 Rubric
Check Your Assignment Draft for Authenticity
To check your Assignment draft for authenticity:
Submit your Week 5 Assignment 1 draft and review the originality report.
Submit Your Assignment by Day 6 of Week 5
To participate in this Assignment:
Week 5 Assignment 1

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