Caring for a Patient with Pneumonia and Schizophrenia in a Medical-Surgical Setting

Caring for a Patient with Pneumonia and Schizophrenia in a Medical-Surgical Setting

Identification: MSNN1805
Issue: September/October 2018
Volume: Volume 27 - Number 5
Credits (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)
Available until 10/31/2020
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Patients with schizophrenia deserve the best care possible when admitted to a medical-surgical unit, but this can be difficult to provide if the medical-surgical nurse is not familiar with caring for these types of patients. This case study presents typical treatment for a patient admitted with pneumonia with a past medical history of schizophrenia.

Learning Outcome:
After completing this CNE activity, the learner will be able to identify what therapeutic interventions may be employed when caring for a patient with schizophrenia in the medical-surgical setting.

Learning Engagement Activity:

Ask yourself the following questions:
• What therapeutic interventions can I employ when caring for a patient with schizophrenia in the medical-surgical setting?
• What resource(s) are available in your workplace for collaboration regarding the care of the patient with schizophrenia?

Contact hours available until 10/31/2020.

Requirements for Successful Completion:

Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.

Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure:
The author(s), editor, editorial committee, content reviewers, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this continuing nursing education article.

Commercial Support and Sponsorship:
No commercial support or sponsorship declared.

Accreditation Statement:
This educational activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and AMSN.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA)

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered nursing, Provider Number, CEP 5387.

This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Rosemarie Marmion, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, AMSN Education Director.


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Expired On: Oct 31, 2020

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Denise Williams-Zimmerman
4/16/19 10:39 pm

This article was very pertinent in my current practice and at many hospitals around the world who are experiencing increase in patient population with mental health issues. Points out importance of patient med reconciliations to insure patient receives medications he/she was taking prior to hospitalization.

Lisa Campbell
7/23/19 9:16 pm

Mentally ill patients can be a huge challenge to care for in the acute setting. It's important for the admitting RN to be diligent in obtaining an accurate history and medication reconcillation.

Sandra LaPointe
10/10/19 11:39 am

The table describing schizophrenia behavior symptoms was helpful especially for nurses who don't care for an d chart on these specific behaviors often.

Carolyn Combs
2/22/20 1:11 pm

Untreated psychiatric conditions can lead to medical noncompliance (such as ripping out IVs) and prolonged hospitalization due to interruption in medical therapy. With patients that are involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility that are transferred to an acute care medical facility, may providers may need a psychiatric consult to establish patient competency and right to refuse care

Ivory Pedral
7/9/21 2:23 pm

ndividuals living with schizophrenia are a vulnerable population for medical and psychiatric treatment. Symptoms of schizophrenia can make it difficult for proper assessment of the individual. In a medical-surgical setting, proper care of the patient with schizophrenia is important. Medical surgical nurses can improve treatment of these patients by being more in tune to symptoms, knowing the importance of psychiatric medications, and how to effectively communicate