Posted: September 20th, 2022

22. The diagnosis will be osteoarthritis

National Patient Safety Goals

  1. Identify the national patient safety resources available online (at least two resources) and cite them here using APA format.
  2. Locate the Hospital National Patient Safety Goals online. List the main goals that currently are in place.
  3. What other settings, besides the hospital, has its own set of National Patient Safety Goals?
  4. Discuss the potential and actual impact of national patient safety resources, initiatives, and regulations on patient care.
    1. Potential:
    2. Actual (give statistics that show evidence of improved safety):
  5. Discuss how you can use the national patient safety resources for own professional development.
  6. Discuss how the student nurse can value the relationship between the national safety campaigns and implementation in the local setting.

Safe Medication Administration

  1. Explain how you observed staff identify patients correctly during your clinical day.
  2. Give 3 specific examples of how staff used medicines safely.
  3. Explain in detail the role the nurse plays in administrating pain medications safely. What assessments are ongoing while on pain medications? Why is this important to ensure clients’ safety?
  4. How does the nurse being knowledgeable about pharmacology ensure safe and effective medication administration?


  1. Give an example on how you observed safe pain management during one of your clinical days. What assessments were conducted? How would you ensure safe medication administration?



  1. What is the best practice for treating inflammatory pain? How does this differ from other types of pain?


  1. Give 3 examples of effective and safe treatment of inflammatory pain.
  2. How is chronic pain safely treated? How does this differ from acute pain?
  3. What is the importance of pain clinics? What are pain contracts? How does this ensure client safety around pain medications?
  4. What 4 areas should be assessed to ensure clients can safely use a Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) pump to control pain? What role does the nurse play in ensuring clients’ safety while on a PCA?
  5. What is the most important role of the nurse in preventing medication errors and ensuring clients’ safety?
  6. As a nurse it is vital to provide education regarding medications to ensure safety. Explain in detail how you as the nurse know that the teaching was effective. Why is this important for safe mediation administration?




Safety Risks

  1. Give 3 examples of how you observed infection prevention strategies.
  2. Give 3 examples of patient safety risks that were identified during your clinical day.
  3. Give 3 examples of how you communicated/witnessed communication using safe practices.

Pathophysiology and Medications: Choose one patient from your OR rotation

  1. List patient’s medical diagnosis (select a different medical diagnosis than those chosen on other MSP papers, you may use secondary diagnoses if you have already researched the primary diagnosis)

Patient has a total knee arthroplasty

Medical diagnosis is Osteoarthritis

  1. Describe the medical diagnosis in layman’s terms or how you would explain the disease to the patient.
  2. Describe the pathophysiology of the diagnosis in medical terminology (down to the cellular level).
  3. List the most common signs and symptoms of the medical diagnosis. Please include abnormal lab results and diagnostic findings as well.
  4. List the main nursing interventions for this medical diagnosis. Please list at least 10 examples of ones that you performed.
  5. Fill out the chart below for the medications listed below.
Medication Name (Generic name and Tradename) Mechanism of Action (down to cellular level) Nursing Implications (list at least 3 for each med) Patient Education

(put in quotes what you taught patient about the med)

Evaluation of med effectiveness

(document real patient data to show med was effective or not)

List specific indications of when to administer or not administer this med


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