Essay on Virginia Henderson, the Nursing Theorist

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Nursing theorist concept Application in the Nursing practice

Nursing theorist Virginia Henderson (1897-1996), often referred to as the “First Lady of Nursing”, developed a nursing model based on the 14 components of activities of daily living. The paper discusses the importance of applying these components to the nursing practice. She emphasized the importance of increasing the patient’s independence so that progress after hospitalization would not be delayed (Henderson 1991). Henderson’s Theory and the main concepts are discussed using a case study approach on a specific client to better explore the theory and how it influenced the nursing practice. Henderson’s principles and practices of Nursing laid a ground work for
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Pain from surgical sites may make Mr. Jones slow to get to the toilet or become more dependant on nursing staff to help in him around. This scenario can cause Mr. Jones plunge deeper into depression. A thorough pain assessment is crucial in his involvement in the plan of care. He is a Diabetic patient teaching is required to increase awareness to the fact that healing, especially wound healing is slower in people who are diabetic. Assess nutritional needs to meet his condition as a diabetic and to promote healing.
Diagnosis and Planning Self care deficits are identified during assessment and therefore in this phase of nursing, a plan is put in place to find his ability to meet own needs with or without assistance, taking into consideration strength, will or knowledge (Henderson 1966). Urinary and bowel control problem puts him at risk for skin breakdown, his first line of defense and more infections. A disturbed elimination process also impairs wound healing due to possible contact of urine and stool with the wound. Diarrhea can lead to problems with electrolyte imbalance if not resolved. Managing urine and bowel problems through bladder training and change in diet, managing, controlling pain and promoting wound healing to facilitate a speedy recovery. Involve Mr. Jones in physical and occupational therapy to a maximum level of independence and dignity.
This is phase where the nursing

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