NURS1137 Palliative Care: Melissa Case Study

Melissa is a 37-year-old woman with stage 4 bowel cancer diagnosed twelve months ago. Melissa now has developed liver metastases. Surgery was undertaken last year and an ileostomy was created. Melissa has two children: Joshua (15-year-old son) and Emma (12-year-old daughter). Melissa has been separated from the children’s father, Daniel, for about ten years. The break up was acrimonious but they manage shared care of the children. Daniel lives a few suburbs away, about a fifteen minute drive. Melissa has been working as a full-time administration assistant in a medium sized publishing company thirty minutes away from home.

Melissa’s parents are both aged in their late 60’s and live in Queensland. Both parents have chronic health problems: Mum has unstable diabetes and Dad has COPD. She has regular email and phone contact, she previously visited her parents with the children during school holidays once each year. Neither parent is fit enough to travel to Victoria.

Daniel’s parents both became estranged from Melissa following her relationship breakdown with Daniel. Their only contact with Joshua and Emma was while they were with their father. Daniels’ ******** died three years ago. His father has re-partnered and now lives in a coastal Victorian town four hours drive from Melbourne.

Melissa has been treated by the team at a metropolitan health service up until now. Melissa has had several frank conversations with her oncologist and other specialists, and is now aware of her poor prognosis.. As such, Melissa is very concerned about her children and their ongoing care. The subject of Advanced Care Planning has been raised and Melissa has expressed interest. An appointment with the Advanced Care Consultant at the health service has been made for Melissa in a months time.Select one of the following topics to discuss in relation to Melissa.

1. The right to determine the time and place to die

2. Advance directive on managing her final farewell (funeral, wake etc)

3. Importance of having an up to date and legal will that cannot be challenged.

Marking: Please see rubric in Turnitin

Points to note:

The paper needs to be submitted via Turnitin on the subject site by the due date – Monday 30 September 2019 @ 2359.
The word limit is 2000 words (+/- 10%).
Use a title page at the commencement of your paper with the subject code, your name, your ID number, and the approximate word count.
An index is not required.
An introduction and a conclusion are both required.
Please use headings. Do not use ‘Body’ as a heading – think of something that accurately reflects the content in your discussion.
It is recommended you utilise a minimum of 15-20 references for this paper. Your discussion must be supported with high quality, peer reviewed research relevant to the topic.
Your paper must be formatted, cited, and referenced as per APA. http://www.apastyle.org/ or see the RMIT Library Guide.
Ensure your sources are recent (less than seven to eight years old unless you are citing a seminal piece in a historical context which is relevant to the topic) and peer reviewed. Use predominantly Australian literature; you may use international literature if it adds weight to your discussion.
Websites may be utilised if they are from valid sources: e.g. .gov, .edu, .org or government publications. Avoid using sites with .com in the address.
Make sure you are referring to current Victorian legislation. New legislation came into effect earlier this year. Do not refer to out of date legislation.