1. Open a patient chart for a patient with a relevant background. For example, we have a patient scenario for an obese woman who lives alone and has diabetes.
2. Ask students to review the chart and come up with a list of risks that patient may encounter associated with Thanksgiving. For example, dietary concerns related to her diabetes. The risk of a heart attack, kitchen related injuries while living alone, etc.
3. Once students come up with potential risks, ask them to discuss what type of diagnostics can be done if this patient was admitted to the hospital. Also, ask students what nursing concerns they might have.
With any level of Nursing, Health, Medical or Nutrition student, a variation of this activity can take place. We'd love to know how you adapted this to your classroom. Leave a comment below if you have any ideas of your own!