ASSIGNMENT # 1: Discussion 1: Depression

One of the issues patients who face a drawn out illness or an extend hospital stay deal with is a tendency to become depressed. How does a patient’s age influence the way in which depression can manifest? How does the nurse’s role differ when working with patients with depression based on the clinical setting? Please answer the following:



Describe depression-related problems that patients may have. If you have worked or are currently working in patient care, you may choose to describe problems that you have actually encountered.

Find an article in the professional nursing literature in the Walden Library that provides strategies that might help patients with depression in your work setting.

Share the reference and discuss at least two nursing interventions that BSN nurses could use to help patients with these problems.










Discussion 2: Advocating For Patients

When treating a patient with a suspicious injury or illness, what is the level of responsibility a nurse has in advocating for that patient? What if there is the possibility of substance abuse or domestic violence? How would these factors affect the patient’s treatment? What are the ethical dilemmas apparent in dealing with patient’s suffering from more than just illness? How would you handle the situation? Please answer the following:

What are some ways in which nurses in your work setting could fulfill their legal and ethical responsibility to advocate for patients with suspicious injuries or illnesses?

What are the major challenges to nurses meeting that responsibility, and what are some strategies that BSN nurses could use to help their colleagues overcome those challenges?