NRSG366 Partnerships in Chronicity

Assessment 1: Information Sheet and Case Scenarios


For this assessment you are given a choice between two (2) case scenarios. The scenarios are your referral

Information and no additional information is available.


Each student is to select one (1) scenario on which to base their assessment. The completed assessment is

to be submitted through the appropriate turn-it-in drop box on the NRSG366 LEO site. The Assessment

One marking criteria in the unit outline is to be used to guide the preparation of this assessment.


When submitting your assessment, please do not use the scenario as part of your response.


The purpose of this essay is for students to present a

comprehensive discussion linking the health issues they identify

through a client assessment to the impact they have on the client

and their level of function in the community setting. It requires the

student to prioritise the health issues and to show analysis of the

complexity of care provision demonstrating critical reflection on








Scenario Option 2: Chronic Pain


John Ryan is a 66 year old male with a history of chronic back pain related to spinal stenosis, and degeneration of the left hip. He

has been reviewed in the Outpatient Pain Clinic on a monthly basis for the past 4 months, after a sudden increase in pain and

changes in his level of activity. His pain specialist is concerned about his level of function at home and has referred John to the

community nursing service for an initial assessment and review.


Medical history

John has spinal stenosis which was diagnosed in his early forties. He has significant pain in his lower back and hip, slight (L) leg

weakness and slight loss of sensation in both his feet. He is generally fit, but slightly overweight.



His most recent observations are as follows:

Current medications:


Social history:

John is an engineer with a mining company who spends his time equally between the mine in a remote location as a Fly In, Fly

Out (FIFO) worker. He has an office location in the CBD for his locally based work.

John is married to Donna and they have two adult children, both married. Donna works part time as office manager for a small

company and is hoping they can retire soon so they can travel and see more of their grandchildren.

Their daughter Jean (37 years) lives with her husband and three small children in a large coastal community, 45 minutes drive

from John and Donna’s home. Their son Robert (39 years) lives with his partner in another major interstate city.



Current Issue


John reports being woken up by pain at night. During the day, he has pain if he sits still for too long, but also if he walks or rides

a bike for too long, and the time he can spend on these activities varies. John states he is sick of the hours of focused exercise he

needs to do to keep his core muscles strong and to keep him mobile and flexible. He is also sick of always having to take pain

medications that have not been effective. In addition he reported being ‘fed up with being aware of my back and hip all the time

and feeling limited because of them’. Recently, whilst playing with his four-year-old grandchild, swinging him through the air,

John experienced a significant flare in his level of pain.


John has been alternating between being angry about having ongoing pain, and being depressed because he is increasingly

unable to do the activities he has always done. He was a keen hiker and had dreams of spending his retirement hiking in remote

places. Now he can barely walk five kilometers on level ground without pain. He was also a keen bicycle rider. Initially this

helped with his pain management. But increasingly, he is losing interest in riding as it also causes increased pain.


John has been seen by a physiotherapist on a regular basis over the years, but he stopped going, because he felt they were not

helping him, as he was progressively experiencing more pain. He has increasing bilateral leg weakness, bilateral muscle wasting

and reduced sensation in both feet. He experiences blisters on his feet as a result of pressure on his feet, which he ignores.


The specialist at the Pain Clinic is also concerned about John’s level of medication adherence.


Assessment Focus

You are the Registered Nurse from the Community Nursing Service.

You will be undertaking an initial visit to John’s home.

Prioritise and provide a rationale for the activities you will undertake as part of this initial visit and identify two (2) priorities for

your follow-up visit