Assessing Patient’s Needs
What factors should a nurse consider when assessing a patient’s or patient’s family needs for
supportive care? Name one major barrier you encountered in your assessment and discuss how it
could be resolved.
Search the South University Online Library for caregiver role strain. What is the most important
factor that causes caregiver role strain? What can be done to prevent it?
Part 1: Demographic as well as economic changes have become prevalent in our ever-
growing multicultural world. The long-standing disparities especially in the healthcare field have
challenged health care providers to take into account cultural diversity as a priority during care
delivery. It is therefore of importance of care providers to recognize that care delivery goes
beyond cultural beliefs and values. Some other factors that affect supportive care apart from
culture include gender, age, religion, language, socio-economic status, geographical location, and
One of the barriers encountered I encountered when providing supportive care was
managing scarce resources. Mostly, health care institutions have an under-supply of various
health professionals (Kabene, 2011, Pg. 129). This shortage has risen as a barrier to effective
care coordination that has adversely affected the quality of healthcare delivery. This is because
the shortage has placed pressure on the practising healthcare officials who have been forced to
take care of large volumes of patients. The increasing number of patients has limited the support
and care of health officials to their patients.
I believe this problem can be solved efficiently by employing more nurses and increasing
the number of students who enrol as nurses. Health care institutions can also ask for more intern
students who will help relieve the burden on other nurses.
Part 2: For me, an increase in responsibility that results in burnout is one of the leading
factors that cause caregiver role strain. For health official to solve this problem, they need to sit
down and come up with a list of all their personal needs in order to fulfil them and avoid them
from feeling deprived (Wilkinson & Treas, 2011, Pg. 229). They should also eat a proper diet
and get enough rest.
Wilkinson, J. M., & Treas, L. S. (2011). Fundamentals of nursing. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Co.
Kabene, S. M. (2011). Human resources in healthcare, health informatics and healthcare
systems. Hershey, PA: Medical Information Science Reference.