a case study is a nursing care plan in an essay form. it is done using the nursing process as the organizational method. it is very similar to the way doctors present a case study. you can look at the hemorrhagic stroke article on emedicine to see how the docs present: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/323120-overview
in writing this paper you go through the 5 steps of the nursing process. step #1 is assessment. assessment consists of presenting all the pertinent facts of your case that will be needed in a logical way:
- reviewing the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms and complications of their medical condition - what the condition is, how it is diagnosed by the doctors and treated
- reviewing the signs, symptoms and side effects of the medications/treatments ordered
- a health history (review of systems) - how nurses do the health history
- performing a physical exam - how nurses do the physical exam for these patients
- assessing their adls (at minimum: bathing, dressing, mobility, eating, toileting, and grooming) - what assistance with adls will these patients need
in step #2 you will list the nursing problems (nursing diagnoses) of this patient.
step #3. . .goals of care and nursing interventions.
step #4. . .how you will initiate the care plan
step #5. . .how you will specifically determine if goals and outcomes have been met.
- careplan for a cva patient (not complete)
- a rough idea of a nursing case study