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An assessment of a nurse’s work with an elderly person within the mental health environment

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  1. Introduction
  2. Considerations for the psychological, sociological, and biological needs of the patient
  3. The importance of the patient in the process
  4. The theories of Morse
  5. The skill in informing Mrs. Patel of possible change
  6. The interview with the family
  7. A social worker as a key member of the MDT
  8. The organization of the MDT
  9. Conclusion
  10. References

This account will reflect on the skills of a nurse, observed at an older person functional mental health unit. It will focus on the organization of care, and skills used when dealing with a Multi Disciplinary Team. (MDT) It gives an understanding of the skills used to clearly establish and provide the needs of a patient, promoting a patient led approach.

Attention will be given to the style of introduction and the effective use of non- verbal communication skills. Observations will be discussed from the event and justification of its learning will be supported by extensive, documented research.

It will conclude with a reflective account and critical assessment of the shortcomings of the process, and provide supporting recommendations in an attempt for excellence.


[...] Many studies have been carried out regarding the emotional and physical strain imposed on family members in connection with their responsibility of caring for a person with severe mental illness and can be found in the writings of Hoening & Hamilton (1966), Wasow (1985), Fadden et al. (1987) and, Martyns-Yellowe (1992) A Social Worker is a key member of the MDT and close liaisons exist between both parties. Inpatient social work assessment often emphasizes patient rights and choice, pragmatically addressing social needs, such as finance, housing and family relationships and focusing on the support needs of families themselves. [...]


[...] True consideration for the family and other professionals involved in the care of a person remains vital and an appreciation of there needs and concerns should be considered, even if we lack understanding with their philosophy. The use of frameworks when dealing with clients is, evidence based practice, but the need to be holistic at all times remains the benchmarking criteria for today's psychiatric nurse. References. Barker,P,J (1997) Assessment in mental Health and Psychiatric nursing (2nd ed) Cheltnam: Stanley Thornes. [...]


[...] Individuals over 65 years are more likely to be detained because of self-neglect under the current Mental Health Act, McPherson & Jones (2003) Considerations for the psychological, sociological, and biological needs of the patient, are a benchmark of the (MDT). And a holistic approach to care, not only provides a clear and specific set of guidelines and objectives, but also tailors the care for the individual. It has been proven to enhance recovery and provide the service user with a seamless approach to care and recovery, criteria agreed by Kozier Erb, Blais, and Wilkinson (1998). [...]

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