Purpose of assessment task
To better understand the psychosocial impact of chronic illness on individuals and society and the importance of evidence-based nursing practice. Successful completion of this assignment will allow you to demonstrate unit learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4.
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Chronic illness can impact a person physically and also have significant psychosocial impacts. Recognition that psychosocial factors shape the person’s experience of chronic illness creates the need for nurses to develop effective care partnerships with their patients and clients (Chang & Johnson, 2018).
This assessment provides an opportunity for you to interview a person with a chronic illness to explore the psychosocial impact from their perspective. It also requires you to research the psychosocial impact of chronic illness at individual, societal and/or global levels.
This assessment task involves the following steps:
- Locate a person with a chronic illness who is willing to be interviewed (e.g. family member, significant other, family friend, colleague)
- Explain the interview procedure and steps you will take to ensure their anonymity
- Interview the person to determine the most significant psychosocial impacts of their illness
- Investigate the psychosocial impact of the illness at national and/or global levels (using appropriate academic and medical sources)
- Based on the interview and your research write responses to the 4
Assignment Question discussion points
|Based on the interview, what have been the most significant psychosocial impacts of their chronic illness for the person you interviewed?|
|2)||Based on your research, what are the psychosocial impacts of this illness on society at the national and/or global level?|
|3)||Describe one (1) nursing care strategy that could be used in providing care to your interviewee for their chronic illness and discuss how this strategy could be evaluated.|
|4)||Based on the interview, outline the care partnerships in place for your interviewee and evaluate their effectiveness.|
Permissions and anonymity
- Anonymity of the person you interview is Ensure you are clear in your writing that a pseudonym has been adopted to protect the person’s privacy.
- When taking notes during the interview and when writing up the assignment, never include any identifying information. For example, name, date of birth, medical record number, address, health facility name or geographical location etc. This is to protect the interviewee’s privacy.
- If undertaking the interview on a patient while on clinical placement you must seek permission from the Nurse Unit Manager and your facilitator. Please note that each health service has different policies, and you must check to ensure you are not breaching health service policy.
- The potential interviewee must not be coerced in any way and their participation must be completely voluntary.
- If undertaking an interview on a person 16 to 18 years of age, you must seek permission from both the person with the chronic illness and their legal guardian. Do not interview children under the age of 16.
Planning the interview questions
- If undertaking the interview during clinical placement, it must be done outside of your rostered shift times.
- Unit 5 of the Fundamentals of Nursing text covers many elements of psychosocial care. Reviewing this unit may help in guiding you in the interview. Example questions that relate to self-concept are included. Some of these questions might help in exploring the most significant psychosocial impacts of living with a chronic illness. o DeLaune, S. C., Ladner, P. K., McTier, L., Tollefson, J., Lawrence, J., and DeLaune, S. C. (2019). Fundamentals of nursing (Australia & New Zealand, 2nd edition.). Cengage Learning Australia.
Conducting the interview
- A letter of introduction has been provided for you (see below). This may help to explain to the person the purpose and scope of the interview along with helping to reassure the person of your commitment to privacy.
- You are not able to provide direct advice to the interviewee in your capacity as a student. If a care need is identified, please refer the person to their health care professional.
- Draw upon relevant recommended readings, cloud concepts, and content provided in this unit and literature published within the last 10 years.
- Low quality references such as Wikipedia, and .com sites are not appropriate for this assessment task. Sources such as Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS), World Health Organization or peak bodies for specific conditions should be considered when addressing rubric criterion 2. Your prescribed text will be useful along with peer reviewed journal articles.
- Writing should be in the third person.
- For this assessment task you are NOT writing an essay, but rather responses to the assignment question. You are therefore NOT required to include an introduction or conclusion. It is recommended you write under headings, based on the 4 assignment question discussion points.
- Check your assignment against the marking rubric and the instructions before submission to ensure you have addressed all the requirements.
Presentation requirements: Title Page:
Include the following information on separate lines; Title of Paper (bold font), Student Name/s, University/Institution Name, Unit Code and Name, Facilitator Name, Due Date.
Formatting of Title Page: Centred text alignment and double-line spacing.
Writing is to be in an accessible font. Examples of these include; 12-point type size Times New Roman.
11-point type size Georgia.
11-point type size Calibri.
11-point type size Arial.
Ensure the same font is used consistently throughout the entire paper.
Double-line spacing (Do not insert extra lines between paragraphs or the references list entries.)
Page numbers to be provided on all pages. Place page number in the top right hand corner Margins
2.54 cm at the top, bottom, left-hand, and right-hand sides of the page (default page margin).
Indent the first line of each paragraph 1.27 cm (using the tab key or paragraph tool).
Exceptions: abstract, block quotations, title page (centred alignment), titles and headings, table titles and notes, references (hanging indent), appendix labels and titles
(Consult with APA 7 style manual for specific detail).
Justification of text
All text needs to be aligned to the left, not justified (right margin remains uneven)
Assignments must be no more than 10% above or below the indicated word count, not including title page, in-text citations and reference lists