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Action plan for case study
Name of the student:
Name of the university:
Author note:
Action Plan 1
1)What was the event/incident that influenced your learning objective?
I have been given the opportunity to conduct assessment of a mental patient who had been
suffering from schizophrenia for a few years and had been presented to the facility after a recent
schizophrenia episode.I have been ecstatic, however, the nervousness and lack of practical
knowledge had detrimental impact on my performance and I had been very unclear of my exact
roles and responsibilities while caring for the patient. In my confusion and excitement I had
proceeded with only introducing myself and commencing with the assessment procedure which
offended the patient and agitated her which led to her having another psychotic episode while in
the facility, for which my supervisors have to stepping and comfort the patient.
2)What have you learnt so far?
I have learnt that before commencing into practice with a patient that is suffering from mental
illness and also is exhibiting challenging behavior and all that cognitive functionality, it is very
important for the nursing professionals to have a thorough and sound understanding of the exact
roles and responsibilities.
3)What is your learning objective?(What do you want to achieve?)
In this case my learning objective is to clearly and succinctly understand the nursing roles and
responsibilities of a mental health nurse, especially in terms of proper therapeutic engagement
communication and prioritizing patient well being and comfort.
4)What steps will you take to achieve this (include literature and online resources you
may use)
In this case I would have to research the nursing databases and my facility’s policies to gain a
better understanding of the nursing associate apprenticeship standards and different practice
standard to understand my exact roles and responsibilities in terms of patient care and how to
approach a patient with challenging behavior characteristics (Richardson, Percy and Hughes
2015).Along with that I would also enroll myself and professional development programs that
help transitioning nurses understand their roles and responsibilities for theoretical and practical
so that the gap between the theoretical and practical knowledge can be reached effectively
(Mikkonen, Kyngäs and Kääriäinen 2015).
5)How do you know if you have been successful?
In order to better understand whether I have gained better understanding of five roles and
responsibilities as a nursing associate in the mental health sector,I would be approaching my
peers, the patient, and their families and my supervisors for regular feedback. I would also be
continuing a reflective practice so that I can keep track of my progress effectively and
systematically (Yoo and Park 2015).
6)What is your Timeline for these steps?
My possible timeline for the steps to be successful is up to 6 months.
Action Plan 2
1)What was the event/incident that influenced your learning objective?
I had been given the opportunity to address an elderly patient with severe schizophrenia and had
been provided the opportunity to perform an assessment to her. However, while approaching her
for the assessment I did not follow the proper communication approach and nonverbal
communication style as per the patient centred care and practice standards applicable for mental
patients with challenging behaviour.Among the various different aspects associated with
providing safe and effective care to mentally ill patients providing holistic and therapeutic
engagement with proper communication that is both respectful to the dignity and identity of the
patient is very important.In this case in my nervousness and there is lack of applicative practice
based knowledge regarding therapeutic engagement and handling patients are challenging
behavior or withdrawal symptoms, I have not been able to foster appropriate therapeutic
connection with the patient before commencing with the assessment which agitated her and led
her to another psychotic episode.
2)What have you learnt so far?
I have learnt that communication is a very important aspect of providing care to patients
especially of the patients are suffering from any mental or behavioral disorder. While associating
with the patients just introducing ourselves as their careers and the motive of conducting the
interview on assessment is not sufficient to attract the attention of the patient in a respectful
manner.It is very important to also consider whether the patient is contributing to the
introduction and whether therapeutic relationship or engagement has been established
successfully before commencing with any care activity or assessment. Nurses are the first point
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