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Mrs. P. is an 80-year-old woman recently discharged from a 24-hour observation stay at the hospital after being diagnosed with acute bronchitis. She has a history of heart failure, hypertension, osteoarthritis, GERD, and hyperlipidemia. She has no history of smoking. While in the hospital she was prescribed doxycycline, prednisone 15 mg to taper, and a tiotropium inhaler. Her current list of daily medications prior to hospitalization includes metoprolol succinate 12.5 mg, pantoprazole 40 mg, atorvastatin 10 mg, lisinopril 10 mg, furosemide 40 mg, potassium chloride 20 meq bid, acetaminophen 650 mg bid for pain and tramadol 25 mg as needed. She lives alone but will reside temporarily with her daughter while she recovers. Her discharge report indicated resolving bronchitis, no exacerbation of heart failure, and stable arthritic pain. Today she reports 1 week after discharge with her daughter for a primary care appointment, and they both were concerned about the number of medications she was prescribed and wanted her medications reviewed. In further review, she was found to have lost weight over the past 6 months of 5 lbs and her current BMI is 25. She states that the weight loss may be due to a change to a healthier diet and reducing sodium as instructed. She also reports no symptoms of GERD for the past 6 months and minimal arthritic pain because of regular use of acetaminophen and daily walking in the halls of her independent living facility. Upon examination her lungs are clear to auscultation and no evidence of lower extremity edema.

Discuss the following:

1) In reviewing her medication list and current symptoms and clinical signs, which
medication could the nurse practitioner consider de-prescribing.

2) Once the patient has completed the prednisone taper, which medication could the nurse
practitioner begin to reduce given the patient’s reported symptoms.

3) Given the absence of an exacerbation of heart failure and compliance with a reduced
sodium diet, what other medication(s) adjustments could the nurse practitioner consider at
this time.

Submission Instructions:

  • Your initial post should be at least 500 words, formatted and cited in current APA style with support from at least 2 academic sources. null

Grading Rubric


Your assignment will be graded according to the grading rubric.

Discussion Rubric
Criteria Ratings Points

Identification of Main Issues, Problems, and Concepts

5 points
Distinguished

Identify and demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the issues, problems, and concepts.

4 points
Excellent

Identifies and demonstrate an accomplished understanding of most of issues, problems, and concepts.

2 points
Fair

Identifies and demonstrate an acceptable understanding of most of issues, problems, and concepts.

1 points
Poor

Identifies and demonstrate an unacceptable understanding of most of issues, problems, and concepts.

5 points

Use of Citations, Writing Mechanics and APA Formatting Guidelines

3 points
Distinguished

Effectively uses the literature and other resources to inform their work. Exceptional use of citations and extended referencing. High level of APA precision and free of grammar and spelling errors.

2 points
Excellent

Effectively uses the literature and other resources to inform their work. Moderate use of citations and extended referencing. Moderate level of APA precision and free of grammar and spelling errors.

1 point
Fair

Ineffectively uses the literature and other resources to inform their work. Moderate use of citations and extended referencing. APA style and writing mechanics need more precision and attention to detail.

0 point
Poor

Ineffectively uses the literature and other resources to inform their work. An unacceptable use of citations and extended referencing. APA style and writing mechanics need serious attention.

3 points
Response to Posts of Peers

2 points
Distinguished

Student constructively responded to two other posts and either extended, expanded or provided a rebuttal to each.

1 points
Fair

Student constructively responded to one other post and either extended, expanded or provided a rebuttal.

0 point
Poor

Student provided no response to a peer’s post.

2 points
Total Points: 10

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