Hi. I just finished a case study on an elderly woman living outside of an assisted living situation. However, next semester I will be working with real elderly people living in an assisted living situation. My case study covered dehydration and issues concerning problems with the GI tract.
Anyway it dawned on me that although I understand the concepts presented to me in my assignment, I do not know how to deal with a real
clinical situation, where my patient will REFUSE to intake fluids to prevent dehydration.
As a social worker in my former life, if people refused treatment we documented it and moved on or the law stepped in to enforce treatment. How does a Student Nurse convince his/her patient to take in fluids and/or follow treatment plans? Assume that said student is new to the patient so no real relationship is established AND the Student Nurse does not want to fail clinical that day.
Dec 18, '06
Very good responses! Thank you RNs for pointing out that I need to investigate further to ensure that no harm will come to the patient.
I cannot wait to start clinicals! The more I learn the more I want to know! :spin:
Last edit by SummerGarden on Dec 18, '06