Pathopharmacological Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice

As an advanced practice nurse, it is important to diagnose, treat, and evaluate patients who have chronic disease. A nurse must understand how pathology, treatment, regimens, and psycho-social issues affect patients and the care they receive. Disease management is more than just monitoring a medication or treatment; it is evaluating the disease process from the micro to macro level. As a nurse with an advanced degree, you will be expected to assess patients and individual and population responses to chronic illness.

For this assessment, I will investigate pathopharmacological issues related to a specific disease process. I choose to investigate asthma. As part of this assessment, I will analyze the various impacts the disease process has on the patients, their families, and populations at a local, national, and international level.