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Surviving Life-Threatening Illness: Keys to Optimal Nursing Care

Moorman, Sandra BSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.CNJ.0000365985.95141.3d

Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a rare yet life-altering infection. Disfigurement and death ensue without accurate diagnosis and treatment. Educational awareness can assist nurses to advocate for differential diagnosis, immediate treatment, and plan of care. This article examines the experience of a mother with NF, application of Neuman's Systems Model (NSM) to address her healing needs, and nursing practice guided by one's personal worldview. NSM was chosen because it is holistic and concise and can be utilized from a Christian perspective.

The experience of a young mother with necrotizing fasciitis (NF) shows how nursing from an organized framework improves care and outcomes. Neuman's Systems Model, knowledge of NF, and personal worldview are used to identify and address healing needs.

Sandra Moorman, BSN, RN, is a nursing clinical instructor at Frederick Community College. She has experience in medical–surgical, neurological, and orthopedic units. Sandra is pursuing a Master's of Science in Nursing through Liberty University.

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