Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

2017

Document Type

Project

Course Number

N5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

John Chovan

Keywords

nursing, GERD, gastroesophageal, reflux, disease, pathophysiology

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing

Abstract

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a commonly diagnosed disease process, affecting nearly 20% of the population. GERD can greatly hinder one’s quality of life. “Routine” surgical procedures can become potentially life threatening to those affected by this disease. Gastroesophageal reflux disease can lead to Barrett’s esophagus, and esophageal malignancy. The advance practice nurse is responsible for accurately diagnosing a patient with GERD to avoid these potentially fatal consequences. The APN must recognize and acknowledge risk factors for GERD, assisting the patient in altering modifiable risk factors. Treatment options must be individualized to each patient and may include solely medical management or a variety of surgical options. Through early and continued intervention, the advanced practice nurse could delay or prevent potentially life threatening complications of gastroesophageal reflux disease.

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Nursing Commons

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