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Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

Competency-Based Assessments

Psychiatric-Mental Health NursingCompetency-Based Assessments

Competency-Based Assessments

1 .
As a nursing student, how might you adapt your communication strategies to enhance health literacy for an older adult with limited literacy skills? Why is effective communication essential for promoting health literacy and ensuring patient understanding of health-care instructions?
2 .
Discuss the role of community resources in supporting older adults’ overall well-being and create a list of resources available to this population in your community.
3 .
As a clinical nurse, how would you describe the potential challenges in distinguishing symptoms of anxiety from symptoms of medical conditions common in older adults? Propose a strategic plan to overcome these challenges during the nursing assessment.
4 .
How would you engage the older adult and their family in collaborative decision-making regarding the nursing care plan for anxiety, and what factors would you consider to ensure cultural competence in the provision of care?
5 .
Describe some communication strategies you would employ when collaborating with the health-care team and the older adult’s family in planning care for an individual experiencing delirium.
6 .
What are some of the potential challenges in assessing alcohol use in older adults, and what are some strategies to overcome these challenges while maintaining client confidentiality and trust?
7 .
Explain the rationale behind including counseling and support groups in the care plan for an older adult with alcohol use problems. How might a nurse address potential resistance to participating in these interventions?
8 .
What are some of the potential challenges in assessing pain in older adults, and some of the related strategies to overcome these challenges while ensuring the accuracy of pain assessment?
9 .
Do some research into some ways that cultural beliefs can influence a client's perception of pain. How would you address these influences in the care plan?
10 .
As a clinical care nurse, describe two specific examples of how you might collaborate with other health-care professionals, such as physicians or physical therapists, in the care of an older adult. Explain how this collaborative approach enhances the overall quality of care for older adults.

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