Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Date of Award

7-31-2019

Document Type

Project

Course Number

NURS 6810

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

Professor’s Name

Dr. John Chovan and Dr. Sue Butz

Keywords

Parkinson's Disease, Case Process, Motor Function, Cognitive Function, Nursing Implications for Parkinson's, Improving Quality of Life

Subject Categories

Nursing

Abstract

According to the Parkinson's Disease (PD) foundation, PD is a progressive, neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing neurons in an area of the brain called the substantia nigra (2019). More than 10 million people worldwide are living with PD, and approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD each year ("Understanding parkinson's," 2019). With the growing incidence of this neurodegenerative disease, it is likely that Advanced Practice Nurses (APRN's) in many settings will encounter patients with PD and will have a role in clinical monitoring, identifying when problems arise, and providing care, support, and resources to their PD patients as well as their families (Cotterell, 2018). This paper explores the signs and symptoms, diagnoses and treatment, pathophysiology, the significance of the pathophysiology, and the nursing implications for patients diagnosed with PD in order to help other APRN's better understand how to care for this growing patient population.

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