Renal Issues


You are the nurse on a renal unit. Consider following patients with renal issues. Provide at least a one-paragraph answer to each question.

  1. The nurse notices the patient’s renal labs indicate the onset of kidney failure. What are the nurse’s top three priorities?
  2. The nurse is reviewing a patient’s urinalysis report and finds many areas are positive. Identify and explain the significance of abnormal findings in each area of the urinalysis report (color, clarity, pH, specific gravity, glucose, blood, ketones, protein, bilirubin, leukocyte esterase, nitrite, white blood cells, red blood cells, epithelial cells, bacteria).
  3. With any type of electrolyte replacement, such as potassium or magnesium, why is it important to know and understand what the patient’s renal status is before giving the supplements?
  4. You are administering morning medications to a patient. The patient states that they are taking bumetanide not furosemide at home. What is your first action? What other actions will you take after the initial one?
  5. The patient had their indwelling catheter removed 8hr ago and has not voided. What actions will you take? Prioritize your actions and provide a rationale for each action.
  6. The patient had their indwelling catheter removed 8hr ago and has not voided. What possible complications can occur if the patient does not void soon?  How will you know complications are manifesting (what will you see)? What will you do to prevent possible complications?

Assignment Expectations

Length: 1000 – 1250 words; answers must thoroughly address the questions in a clear, concise manner.

Structure: Include a title page and reference page in APA style. These do not count towards the minimum word amount for this assignment.

References: Use the appropriate APA style in-text citations and references for all resources utilized to answer

the questions. Include at least two (2) scholarly sources to support your claims.

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