Nursing Case Study: Psychiatric Patient

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In this case study, one day of care for a 28 year old, male patient on a low secure psychiatric unit will be examined and discussed. The main focus will be on implementation and evaluation of the nursing process. These areas will be covered under; physiological, psycho-sociological and pharmacological aspects of the patient’s care. Although, the case study is discussed using third person expression, the care discussed is what was implemented and evaluated by myself, a second year student nurse, under supervision from a qualified member of staff. Having considered the physiological health complications, this case study now moves on to focus on the issues requiring psycho-sociological interventions. Following the discussion about Rob’s possible diabetes diagnoses, he later complained of hearing voices and was becoming very aggressive and agitated. As the day went on, Rob was seen shouting to himself whilst wondering up and down the communal corridors. The strategies used to take control of the situation included, giving clear instructions for other patients to vacate the area and coaxing Rob into a quiet room as suggested by (Shinkwin et al. 2007). This is different from seclusion because the patient voluntarily removed himself from the situation (Davison, 2005). Once Rob was alone, an attempt to connect and reason with him was made. As recommended by NICE (2005), whilst ensuring the exit was close and risk assessment was mentally complete, Rob was approached in a calm sensitive manner, in a way which preserved dignity and respect, and was given the opportunity to express the reasons for his distress. When this did not help, a person centred approach was used to demonstrate an empathetic understanding of the possible ... ... middle of paper ... ... Available from: [accessed 24 February 2014]. Shinkwin, L., McGeorge, M. & Hinchcliffe, G. (2007) National Audit of Violence: Standards for In-patient Mental Health Services. London, Royal College of Psychiatrists. The Data Protection Act (1998) London, The Stationary Office. The Mental Health Act (1983) London, The Stationary Office. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (2013) Rapid tranquillisation (RT) prescribing procedures. [online]. Available from: [accessed 01 March 2014]. Tuomilehto, J., Schwarz, P. & Lindström, J. (2011) Long-Term Benefits From Lifestyle Interventions for Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Diabetes Care 34 (2) pp.5210-5214.
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