Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Academic Term

Summer 7-29-2017

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 5330

Course Name


Professor’s Name

Dr. John D. Chovan


COPD, Emphysema, Pulmonary Disease, Pathophysiology

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States and is affecting more than 32 million Americans (Mosenifar, 2017). The prevalence of the disease continues to rise and many people are unaware they even have the disease. Prevention is essential in decreasing the incidence of the disease and Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) play a vital role. Emphysema is abnormal permanent enlargement of air spaces distal to the terminal bronchioles, accompanied by the destruction of alveolar walls and without obvious fibrosis (Boka, 2016). Being able to understand the pathophysiology of emphysema will allow for providers to accurately assess patients and diagnosis the disease. Educating patients and family members about the disease and providing preventative education such as risk factors to the disease will help prevent escalation of disease.

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Nursing Commons



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