UNFOLDING Reasoning: Workbook: 13 Foundational Case Studies


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Key components of UNFOLDING Reasoning:

I. Data Collection
*Identify what data from the chart is clinically significant from the history of present problem as well as lab results

II. Patient Care Begins
*After VS and nursing assessment data is obtained,  identify what is relevant & clinically significant

III. Clinical Reasoning Begins
*Template of clinical reasoning/nurse thinking questions that emphasize nursing process,  priority setting, and anticipating the worst possible complication
*State the rationale for primary care provider orders, and priority set which orders do you implement first and why

IV. Evaluation
*Common change of status with alterations in VS/assessment that must be recognized by the nurse!

V. Education Priorities/Discharge Planning
*Based on the scenario, what will be the emphasis with patient education and discharge priorities

VI. Caring and the “Art” of Nursing
*Reflective questions that encourage nurse empathy, engagement, and caring

UNFOLDING Reasoning case study topics:

  1. Hypertension
  2. Acute Coronary Syndrome/Acute MI
  3. Heart Failure/Acute Renal Failure
  4. Peripheral Arterial Disease
  5. Pneumonia/COPD
  6. CVA
  7. DKA w/Chronic Renal Failure
  8. Cirrhosis
  9. Anorexia with multiple F&E abnormalities
  10. Sepsis
  11. Breast Cancer w/chemotherapy complications
  12. Post-op Pain Management (surgical) 1 of 2
  13. Post-op Pain Management: Cardiac Arrest (narcotic over sedation) 2 of 2

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