Nursing Case Study: Utilizing Maslow's Hierarchy Of Needs

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Register to read the introduction… While I have my own beliefs, I am constantly challenged at minimum respect the decisions of others. The husband in this scenario has stretched himself to the limit caring for his wife. The problem I have is with the adult children who find it too painful to be present with their mother. By remaining conscious of my own biases, I have been able to act impartially in this regard. However, as emotional as end of life topics are, I am constantly challenged put my own beliefs aside for my patients …show more content…
Utilizing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, this nurse would evaluate the patient and the family in parallel with the following priorities: 1. Physiological- the patient’s pain and discomfort must be addressed. The input of a physician with an understanding of pain management could help the patient overcome her fears of addiction and allow her to receive a level of pain relief that can bring her out of her bedroom and permit her more involvement in her self- care. 2. Safety- Mr. Thomas is at risk. His mental health status must be stabilized both for his safety and Mrs. Thomas’. As her primary caregiver and the only other person in the home, he must be stable. 3. Love/ Belonging- reaching out to the patient’s children should be attempted. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas have become isolated from the community out of fear of “bothering” friends and co-workers. Involvement of the patient’s family can not only assist with physical needs but provide immense emotional support during this difficult …show more content…
Esteem- in this area I believe is an opportunity to empower the patient by discussing hospice and other options with the care team. The patient and her husband have the opportunity to direct the focus of her treatment and provide for her perceived needs. 5. Self-Actualization- according to Maslow, if the basic needs listed above are not met one cannot move toward satisfying the next level of need. By ensuring that Mrs. Thomas’ needs above are addressed she can have an opportunity for positive reflection at the end of her

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