Educating Chf Patients Essay

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Educating Congestive Heart Failure Patients
Cynthia Jones
The University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing

In partial fulfillment of the requirements of
N3645
Cynthia Jones, RN
October 1, 2012
Online RN-BSN

Educating Congestive Heart Patients

In comparison to the general population, the quality of life for patients with congestive heart failure is greatly impaired until patients are educated on the signs, symptoms and treatment of congestive heart failure. How can nurses use non-physical aspects of nursing to assist congestive heart failure patients improve their quality of life and decrease hospital visits? Patients with congestive heart failure receive physical aspects for treating the disease with the use of
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The decision-making framework I used to select the article is the fact that variables that the nurse (caregiver in this study) has control over is communication, roles and affective involvement. A nurse or caregiver can control these characteristics. This article addresses the research question because treatment for a congestive heart patient may include communication on the signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure (Moore, 2010). The study’s limitations include only using predominately white caregivers who were married to the participants with congestive heart failure. A baseline assessment of the caregiver’s depression and anxiety level is not present. These variables could not be controlled. For example, the regression equation for the stress burden was not significant. The stress burden was used to access the affective part of the caregivers’ burden and was related to depression, anxiety and hopelessness. Although this study has limitations, it relates to my research question because it examines the impact of providing non-pharmacological variables such as problem solving, communication and affective responsiveness in patients with congestive hear failure (Moore, 2010). In the second article, twenty-nine patients with heart failure (males and females 18 years and older) were the participants in this study. Two expert nurses evaluated the patients to see if

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