Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

Fall 2014

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

John D. Chovan, James R. Cacchillo


Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, ARDS, Patient Outcomes

Subject Categories

Critical Care Nursing | Medical Pathology | Respiratory Tract Diseases


In healthcare, there are many interesting and intriguing conditions that are vital to understand from both a clinical and a pathophysiological standpoint. Comprehending and knowing how to treat these conditions effectively, ultimately leads to the best care and patient outcomes. As a current critical care nurse and future advanced practice nurse, it was important to select a research topic of interest to explore that would benefit a high risk group of patients. Based on this precedent, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) was chosen. As a critical care nurse, exposure to respiratory conditions and mechanical ventilation management is something nurses are subjected to each day in practice. Having a further understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of acute respiratory distress syndrome and identifying the common signs and symptoms associated is the end objective. Dissecting and examining this condition from a pathophysiological stand point will lead to significant research that can be extremely beneficial in the clinical setting. As a health care provider and future advanced practice nurse, it is evident that obtaining this type of pathophysiological research related to acute respiratory distress syndrome will only pose positive implications for nursing care now and in the future based on the advanced knowledge and care improvements that will result.



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