CASE HISTORY: Students are to focus on the following case history: an adult woman of 45 years
with a moderate intellectual disability. This woman also has a chronic illness which is epilepsy.
This woman lives in a community group home that is staffed by support workers and she attends a
disability-specific day program Monday to Friday. You are the community nurse managing the holistic
care needs of this woman.
QUESTION: Review the literature and write a 1500 word essay based on the case history listed
above that answers the following statement: “Critically analyse the health effects on a person of
having intellectual disability and a chronic illness and the impact of the nurses’ ability to
promote the health and wellbeing of the person”.
401014 – Health Variations 2
Reassessment Task – Spring 2015
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The assessment criterion consists of the following guided statements:
1. Critically analyse the health challenges that may arise across this woman’s lifespan as a result
of her moderate intellectual disability and epilepsy. Interpret how these health challenges may
impact on her health and wellbeing. (10 marks: approximately 300-350 words)
2. Using the ICF Model, discuss how the woman’s activity and participation are potentially
affected across her lifespan. (10 marks: approximately 300-350 words)
3. Identify x1 nursing intervention/strategy for managing epilepsy from the peer reviewed literature
(journals only). How will you as the community nurse adapt and implement this
strategy/intervention to ensure optimal health and wellbeing across the woman’s lifespan?
That is, what will YOU DO as the nurse for this woman and the staff who support her and HOW
will you do it in order to better manage her epilepsy and to make sure that the woman is
included as much as possible? Examples of interventions/strategies include, but are not limited
to: self-management of medication, dietary modifications, managing day-to-day risk, relaxation
therapy, counselling, seizure first aid education, and epilepsy education. Students need to first
name and describe the intervention/strategy and then discuss in detail how, as the nurse, they
will adapt and then implement this intervention/strategy (20 marks: approximately 700-750
4. Academic writing style. (5 marks)
5. Referencing. (5 marks)
1. Students must write an essay that consists of an introduction, a body and a
conclusion plus a reference list in APA 6th Edition style with a minimum of 6 peer
reviewed academic references. Reference list and in-text citations are NOT
included in the word count. The introduction and conclusion will be approximately 100
words each. It is appropriate to cite the literature in your introduction and conclusion.
2. There is a word limit of 1500 words. Use your computer to total the number of words
used in your assignment. However, do not include the reference list at the end of your
assignment in the word count. In-text citations will be included in the additional 10%
word count. If you exceed the word limit by more than 10% the marker will stop
marking at 1650 words plus 10%.