In this assignment, you will be looking at a case study of a


In this assignment, you will be looking at a case study of a real-world situation. You will decide on the outcome goal for the patient and select a theory that aligns to the care plan and facilitates the desired outcomes. You will then create a concept map depicting the relationships between the nursing theory and the care plan. And finally, you will summarize the contents of the concept map

Case Study

Read the following case study:

You are a staff nurse working in an intensive care unit and assigned to care for a 75-year-old Native American man who had coronary artery bypass graft surgery 4 days ago. The patient has a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbated by heavy smoking. His postoperative course has been difficult, and he has suffered several setbacks. Staff members, despite their diligent efforts, have not been able to wean him off the ventilator since the surgery. He has required frequent suctioning throughout the shift, and he is being evaluated for the development of ventilator-associated pneumonia.


In 1 or 2 sentences, describe the measurable nursing outcome desired related to the improvement of the patient’s condition. Example: Patient will have a respiratory rate of less than 30 breaths per minute.

Identify a nursing theory to align with the plan of care to improve this patient’s outcome.

Create a concept map in which you show the relationship among the concepts of the nursing theory and alignment of nursing practice (including the critical thinking and clinical decision-making processes) for an improved the nursing care plan.

Provide a 700- to 875-word summary explaining the following from the concept map:

  • How the nursing theory concepts align to nursing practice, critical thinking, and the clinical decision-making process
  • How alignment of nursing theory concepts and nursing practice, critical thinking, and clinical decision-making processes can improve the nursing care plan

Include the measurable nursing outcome and the nursing theory you identified on the same document as the summary.

Use visual presentation software from the College of Education Technology Resource Library to create your concept map. To see your options, do the following:

  • Select Web Tools in the Table of Contents.
  • Select Collaboration & Productivity from the list of tools.

Include at least 2 scholarly resources from the University of Phoenix Library to support you work.

Cite and format your sources according to APA guidelines.

Submit your concept map and summary.

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