mental health needs of people regardless of the setting.

MENTAL HEALTH: Self and Others
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Assessment Task 2
Assessment name: Case Study
Task description: This assignment aims to help you to begin to use your professional and clinical
judgement and to think like nurses working in a mental health settings and/or in
relation to the mental health needs of people regardless of the setting.
Choose one of the four case scenarios below, of a person who is experiencing
difficulties related to a mental health disorder.
1. Case scenario one: Mary- Depression
2. Case scenario two: Cormac- Schizophrenia
3. Case scenario three: Jayan- Risk of suicide
4. Case scenario four: Arnold – Mania
This is an individual assignment of 1,700 words in two parts, each with several
steps. Follow the steps for each part carefully.
Related to the person in your selected case scenario your assignment will
demonstrate your understanding of the following:
• Mental Status Examination (MSE)
• A clinical formulation including biopsychosocial history and your own
MSE observations leading to the clinical formulation
• A nursing orientated handover
• Recognising and responding to the mental health needs of the identified
person by identifying best practice nursing interventions
• How to engage a person in a therapeutic relationship
• The application of cultural safety
• The application of the recovery model/philosophy
You will need to justify your assignment points with reference to relevant
literature. Students who plan to do well in this assignment, will read and use the
unit readings as well as additional relevant evidence based practice resources.
What you need to do: Please follow the steps outlined below to answer this assignment question.
PART 1: Holistic assessment and planning: (900 words +/- 10%)
This part does not always require full paragraphs. Use appropriate
templates/tables to set out the MSE and 5Ps. For Part 1 there is no need for an
introduction or conclusion sections.
1.1 The Mental Status Examination [250 words +/- 10%]

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• Using the MSE format from your weekly tutorial guide, provide a
complete Mental Status Examination (MSE) of the person.
• Use specific examples from the case study materials to illustrate each
part of the MSE.
• You must use health terms accurately (e.g. Instead of ‘talks fast’, use
the correct term ‘pressure of speech’ and cite your sources).
1.2 Clinical Formulation Table [200 words +/- 10%]
• Use information gathered from the MSE and the biopsychosocial
assessment (history of presenting complaint, family and social history,
current living situation, the person’s strengths and coping strategies,
medical history) to complete a table under the headings of presenting,
precipitating, predisposing, perpetuating and protective factors (5Ps)
relevant to the clinical presentation of the person described in your case
1.3 Plan for Nursing Care [300 words +/- 10%].
• Identify two (2) high priority problems /issues for the person and briefly
justify why each is a high priority.
• Outline one (1) nursing intervention for each of the identified problems
/issues and briefly explain how each is likely to positively contribute to
care of the person with reference to relevant literature. Interventions
must be nursing related, detailed, practical and within your scope of
** NOTE: In part two you will be explaining how you would develop and use a
therapeutic relationship with this person, and how cultural safety and the
recovery model influenced your nursing care and choice of interventions.
1.4 Clinical handover [150 words +/- 10%]
• Synthesise the results of your MSE and clinical formulation to construct
a paragraph describing the person and their main concerns that you
could present at a clinical handover.
Note: This is not merely a repetition of the case study material – it is an
analysis and synthesis of the material and the MSE to produce the clinical
formulation that answers:- ‘why this person, why now, why with this presenting
situation’. This is the information your colleagues need to know so they can
continue working with the person when you go home. Remember to keep a
nursing focus.
PART 2: Therapeutic engagement and clinical interpretation: (800 words +/-
Part 2 builds on your work in Part 1. Use academic writing style for this section.
Sub-heading are permitted.
2.1 The Therapeutic Relationship [250 words +/- 10%]
• Explain how and why a therapeutic relationship will be established with
the person in your care. This must not be a general description of

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therapeutic relationships but demonstrate that you are applying
therapeutic skills to this selected case and person. Then describe at least
one (1) specific strategy appropriate for the development of a
therapeutic relationship with this specific person and how it was applied
in the nursing care interventions you described in Part 1.3.
2.2 Cultural Safety [200 words]
• Describe the first step you would take to ensure that you deliver
culturally safe care to this person. Then identify and describe one (1)
issue that working with this person might present for you. Describe
which of the principles of cultural safety you used in applying cultural
safety in the nursing care interventions you described in Part 1.3.
2.3 Recovery-oriented Nursing Care [350 words]
• Consider the nursing interventions you developed in Step 1. Describe
how these nursing interventions take the principles of the Recovery
Model/Philosophy into account and relate these to your specific
person’s recovery process.
Conclusion: There is no requirement for a conclusion for this assignment.
Length: 1,700 words
e.g. 1000 words =/-10% (word length includes in-text referencing and excludes
your reference list and appendices)
Estimated time to
complete task:
50 hours
Weighting: 40 %

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