The course title is: Advanced Health Assessment in Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. Nurses in all specialties practice assessment as the first step in the universal approach of problem-solving in nursing, the nursing process. The application of which in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing has the same goal as it has in other areas of nursing.
Though, the goal of the nursing process in this specialty field is not different as mentioned, the process of assessment is composed of complex concepts the psychiatric mental health nurse must familiarize- theoretically and clinically. This posted a main challenge in the completion of this material.
The student performed repeated accession and elimination of concepts to finalize the contents which are deemed significant and consistent with the course title: Advanced Health Assessment in Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing.
The text is organized in four parts presenting various approaches in psychiatric assessment. The focus remained on the basic principles of nursing assessment:
Part 1: Assessment of Psychiatric Mental Health Clients, discusses the basic principles of nursing assessment; the topic progresses to assessment procedures specific to the specialty field (M.S.E.), an example was presented to clearly understand its congruence to practice. Related terminologies and discussion of comorbid problems are important tools in identifying actual and potential health problems during client assessment.
Part 2: The DSM-IV-TR, An Essential Tool for Assessment and Diagnosis of Psychiatric-Mental Health Clients, presents vital components of this universal tool in diagnosing mental illnesses.
Part 3: Assessment Factors in Dual Diagnosis, addresses the need to thoroughly assess other equally significant problems that co-exist with the diagnosed primary mental illness. The co-existence of substance abuse is the commonest in dual diagnosis.
Part 4: Formulation of Assessment-based Care Plan. The nursing process has been referred to as an ongoing systematic series of actions, interactions and transactions. Hence, the inclusion of the entire process is a must to fully appreciate the essentiality of an assessment that is done in congruence with standards.