NURS 6521: Advanced Pharmacology

Week 3: Respiratory System
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are significant public health burdens. Currently, more than 25 million people in the United States have asthma (HealthyPeople.gov, 2019). As an advanced practice nurse, you will likely encounter patients who will present with respiratory disorders, including asthma or COPD. Understanding specific treatment protocols as well as the types of pharmacotherapeutics used to treat respiratory disorders is important to ensure the effective and safe delivery of advanced nursing practice.

This week, you will evaluate drug therapy plans for patients who present with asthma and analyze the stepwise approach to asthma treatment and management from a patient in your professional practice.

Reference: HealthyPeople.gov. (2019). Respiratory diseases. Retrieved from https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/respiratory-diseases

Learning Objectives
Students will:

Evaluate drug therapy plans for asthma
Assess the impact of asthma treatments on patients
Analyze the stepwise approach to asthma treatment and management
NURS 6521: Advanced Pharmacology
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Assignment: Asthma and Stepwise Management
Asthma is a respiratory disorder that affects children and adults. Advanced practice nurses often provide treatment to patients with these disorders. Sometimes patients require immediate treatment, making it essential that you recognize and distinguish minor asthma symptoms from serious, life-threatening ones. Since symptoms and attacks are often induced by a trigger, advanced practice nurses must also help patients identify their triggers and recommend appropriate management options. Like many other disorders, there are various approaches to treating and managing care for asthmatic patients depending on individual patient factors.

One method that supports the clinical decision making of drug therapy plans for asthmatic patients is the stepwise approach, which you explore in this Assignment.

To Prepare
Reflect on drugs used to treat asthmatic patients, including long-term control and quick relief treatment options for patients. Think about the impact these drugs might have on patients, including adults and children.
Consider how you might apply the stepwise approach to address the health needs of a patient in your practice.
Reflect on how stepwise management assists health care providers and patients in gaining and maintaining control of the disease. NURS 6521: Advanced Pharmacology.
By Day 7 of Week 3
Create a 5- to 6-slide PowerPoint presentation that can be used in a staff development meeting on presenting different approaches for implementing the stepwise approach for asthma treatment. Be sure to address the following:

Describe long-term control and quick relief treatment options for the asthma patient from your practice as well as the impact these drugs might have on your patient.
Explain the stepwise approach to asthma treatment and management for your patient.
Explain how stepwise management assists health care providers and patients in gaining and maintaining control of the disease. Be specific.
-WRITING GUIDE-
Slide 1: Introduction
Title slide: “Asthma Treatment: A Stepwise Approach”
Introduce the topic of asthma treatment, including the importance of both long-term control and quick relief options for managing the disease.
Slide 2: Long-term Control Options
Title slide: “Long-term Control Options for Asthma Patients”
Describe long-term control options for asthma patients, such as inhaled corticosteroids, leukotriene modifiers, and immunomodulators.
Discuss the potential side effects of these drugs and how they might impact the patient.
Slide 3: Quick Relief Options
Title slide: “Quick Relief Options for Asthma Patients”
Describe quick relief options for asthma patients, such as short-acting beta-agonists and oral or intramuscular corticosteroids.
Discuss the potential side effects of these drugs and how they might impact the patient.
Slide 4: The Stepwise Approach
Title slide: “The Stepwise Approach to Asthma Treatment and Management”
Explain the stepwise approach to asthma treatment and management, including the importance of assessing the patient’s asthma control and adjusting treatment as necessary.
Discuss how this approach helps healthcare providers and patients to gain and maintain control of the disease.
Slide 5: Implementing the Stepwise Approach
Title slide: “Implementing the Stepwise Approach in Practice”
Offer tips for implementing the stepwise approach in practice, such as using asthma action plans, monitoring peak flow, and reviewing treatment options regularly.
Slide 6: Conclusion
Summarize the key points of the presentation, including the importance of both long-term control and quick relief options for managing asthma, the stepwise approach to asthma treatment and management, and how this approach helps healthcare providers and patients to gain and maintain control of the disease.

Submission and Grading Information
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