Mental Health Nursing Assignment

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Mental Health Assessment1MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENTName:Course:Tutor:Institution:Date:
Mental Health Assessment2IntroductionMental health assessment is the process that involves gathering information about anindividual who is suspected to be mentally ill or who shows symptoms associated withpsychological sickness with the purpose of diagnosis, reference and care provision. (Ungar 2012,p. 14). Usually, this is the initial stage of the diagnosis. According to Becker and Kleinman(2013, p. 68), the intention of doing an assessment is to create a picture with the precision of thepatient's needs. In ensuring that assessment is done with success, five interconnected nurse’sthemes are considered. The themes include; patient focus which entails giving services based onthe patient’s need, information focus that puts emphasis on how information about the patient isused, improvement of quality that sees how standards are met and attained, staff developmentwhich focuses on the improvement of the staff and its coordination in meeting patient needs andlastly leadership which focuses on how the improvement efforts are organized (Cunningham andKitson 2000, p. 36). Further, Francis (2013) suggests that the five key themes are closelyinterconnected in forming a framework that seeks to improve the quality of health care provision.Also, in performing the assessment, the patients might encounter multi-disciplinary personnel ina mental health facility. Hence, a nurse, social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, specialistpharmacist and other professional or a combination of all these in some circumstances mayconduct the assessment.Rationale for the Prioritization of mental Care and Factors that Ensure Holistic ProvisionSince ensuring the condition of the mentally ill patient improves is always the priority,the information gathered should be exclusively correct to guarantee an accurate diagnosis. Ingetting right and helpful information, Elder, Evans and Nizette (2008) points that using
Mental Health Assessment3Neuman’s Systems Model in assessment will provide desirable results. This is so because themodel focuses in the provision of a holistic and system-based approach to nursing that has anelement of flexibility. In addition, considering Tom’s case, Neuman’s system model is mostappropriate since its major concept is content which focuses on an individual’s interaction withthe environment (Neuman and Fawcett 2002). Further, the model’s primary intervention isprevention which focuses in suppressing stress responses from affecting the patent. This will befundamental in improving Tom’s case since one of his concerns is his injured foot and loss ofcolleague hence leading to stress. Also, (Crisp et al 2000, p. 4) suggests an inclusive guidelineand points to consider. The points include; psychiatric well-being symptoms and experiences,patients thoughts, emotions and actions, financial state of the patient, family and social relations,gender and sexuality, whether there is anyone who depends on the patient, past experiences andhopes and future aspirations. From the scenario at hand, Tom's situation can well be assessed byconsidering points like his experience having in mind him serving in the military and the death ofhis colleague, his wife Liz depending on him and in his state he is physically inactive and lastlyhis hopes and future aspirations.In addition to having the right information, holistic care provision is imperative.Grundberg (2014, p. 189) suggests that holistic care is an all-encompassing design of caring thatis believed to be the focal point of the science of nursing. The foundation of holistic care isholism which stresses view that whole is superior to the sum of parts in human beings(Zamanzadeh 2015, p. 189). In this manner, it recognizes an individual's wholeness and avowsone's relationship of biological, social, psychological and spiritual aspects. Further, holistic careincorporates medication, communication, awareness or education, self-help and treatment in linewith factoring in all aspects of patients conditions that influence treatment. The patient element
Mental Health Assessment4may include; thoughts, emotions, cultures, opinions, and attitudes which are the contributingfactors to Tom’s current condition which if factored in will act as a contributing factor torecovery and satisfaction hence ensuring respect for Tom’s dignity satisfying the objective ofholistic care (Voigt and Laing 2013, pp. 38-43).The holistic provision will ensure that a right rapport between the nurse and Tom iscreated giving room for respect, openness and his participation in decision making (McDevittand Melby 2015, p. 532) hence help in increasing the scope of health care providers'understanding of Tom and meeting his needs. Several factors ensure holistic provision asdocumented by Valizadeh et al. (2015, p. 25). Among them is educating patients in this caseTom on personal care and assisting him in performing his daily tasks exclusive of others help. Inregard to this, Tom’s' self-confidence, self-awareness, an accord between cognitive, body,emotions and spirit in a dynamic environment will increase. The holistic provision also willimprove health care providers since it betters their understanding on the effects of Tom’s illness,how it affects his life and how to meet his needs (Morgan and Yoder 2012, p. 10). Withconsideration of holistic care inclusivity in health care provision, the British Holistic MedicalAssociation has put its support behind the belief that holistic nursing is inclusive of all nursingactivities that heals a person wholly (Pietroni 1990, p. 1)Available data on psychological ailment in the UK shows that one out of four people willexperience mental health problems in the United Kingdom in any given year the leading beingNorth East England where Tom is based registering 71% of people who have been reportedsuffering from a mental health problem (Tomlinson 2011, p. 42). Further, Gray (2016, p. 74)reveals that in 2012, 21 British soldiers together with 29 veterans committed suicide after beingdiagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Linking the statistics and Tom’s former
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