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Dorothy as the Prototype in Looking at Client Expectations; Quality of Life and Functioning

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The nursing process focuses on the prioritization of care based on the assessment of the problem followed by the formulation of a nursing diagnosis, then planning and implementing care, and finally evaluating the process. When nursing students think of the priorities of care they generally focus on a medical model. While prioritizing such important issues as the ABCs (airway, breathing, and circulation) is inarguably vital and often the catalyst for interface with the health care system, these issues are often not the priorities identified by the client. Many times client priorities are more closely linked to quality of life issues than to life sustaining issues, especially in the case of older adults. Can a marriage of addressing the client’s expectations and the priorities of the health care teach better influence outcomes in care of the older adult? It is sometimes difficult for the nurse to take into account the complexity of issues surrounding the older adult. This teaching strategy looks at raising the awareness client expectations and at how the nurse can work with the client in addressing these expectations to ultimately maintain the best possible quality of life.

Dorothy as the Prototype in Looking at Client Expectations; Quality of Life and Functioning

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