Week 1: Discussion Board Activity: Case Study #1 (Millie Larsen)

This discussion board activity involves a case study adapted from National League for Nursing. (2018). Advancing care excellence for seniors. Unfolding case: Millie Larsen. Washington, DC: Author.

Overview

Millie Larsen is an 84-year-old Caucasian female who lives alone in a small home. Her husband, Harold, passed away a year ago and she has a cat, Snuggles, who is very important to her. Millie has one daughter, Dina Olsen, who is 50, that lives nearby, and is Millie’s major support system. Her current medical problems include: hypertension, glaucoma, osteoarthritis of the knee, stress incontinence, osteoporosis, and hypercholesterolemia.

Monologue

Millie is at the clinic for routine examination and medication follow up. She is taking several anti-hypertensive medications, diuretics, and analgesics. During the monologue, Millie provides important details of how she views her current life situation.

Please utilize the resources in the readings and this activity to answer the following questions for the initial post*:

  1. What are Millie’s strengths?
  2. What are your concerns about Millie?
  3. What is the cause of the concern?
  4. What information do you need?
  5. What are you going to do about it?
  6. What is Millie experiencing?

Discussion Post Expectation

The complete initial post is due by Wednesday, with one peer response due by Sunday of this week. The initial post must include at least one scholarly reference. The peer response should include additional insight regarding the case study.

*To promote individual thinking, an initial post must be made prior to viewing the posts of fellow peers.

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