Your last six modules will incorporate a project in which you describe and analyze a specific mental health need from practice or in a community. For the project, you will choose an individual or a community from your clinical or work setting with a mental health need and you will apply the principles of the nursing process toward recommending interventions for that individual or community. Examples of possible subjects include but are not limited to:
A patient on a mental health unit
A resident of a long term care facility
A member of a group home
The entire group home facility
Several home care clients who share the same need
Refugees from one country who settled in one neighborhood
People with alcoholism lacking resources in their community
People with schizophrenia in your city
Remember that you’re not writing another typical nursing care plan, but identifying ONE particular need that is unmet for that individual or community.
The final written assignment will be 5-6 pages (Not including cover page and references which should be in APA format) and will be due during Module 11. However, here is the suggested schedule for planning and completing your project on time:
Start thinking about your project. Did someone stand out during work or a clinical experience which drew your attention? Do you see an unmet need in your community? Did you already identify a need and carried out a project that you would like to tell us about? This week: Choose the Mental Health Concern – and the Patient or Community – for your project.
Continue Your Semester Project by writing a brief history of the patient including diagnoses and medications – or a brief description of the community issue.
Continue Semester Project by including any substance abuse, addiction or violence issues surrounding this mental health problem. Describe the attempted interventions that have been made for your patient or community, and identify what has been successful and what has not. Submit a rough draft of information gathered so far.
Continue Your Semester Project by describing your thoughts regarding your patient’s or community’s mental health issue. Are there any cognitive concerns? Think about interventions that may be helpful. Include sources for evidence-based practice.
Continue your Semester Project by listing appropriate nursing interventions for your chosen patient or community. How will you evaluate effectiveness? Include an evaluation tool or rubric.
Complete your Semester Project by identifying mental health resources that can be used for your chosen patient or community. Finish with an educational tool for your patient or community
Module 10 Course Project – Semester Project Completion
Describes the patient that is the subject of the project including diagnoses, medications, and history OR describes the community, its strengths and problems and the mental health issue that will be the subject of the paper. 4 points
Includes any substance abuse or violence issues for the patient or community 2 points
Discusses attempted interventions, what has been successful and what has not. 4 points
Describes own personal thoughts about the patient’s or community’s mental health issues. 4 points
Describes any cognitive concerns and possible interventions. 2 points
Writes a nursing care plan including three priority nursing diagnoses with r/t and AEB factors. 4 points
Includes outcomes in NOC language and interventions in NIC language with a plan for evaluation. 4 points
Identifies mental health resources that can be used with the patient or community. Includes an educational tool. 4 points
Supports answers using academic resources, with citations in APA format. 2 points
Total 30 points