Ben is 25 years old and is a qualified builder. He has a history of depression, borderline personality disorder with known suicide attempts.

Background information about Ben

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Ben was brought into the Emergency Department by the Police 3 days ago following an aggressive episode involving his girlfriend outside their house.  Ben’s behaviour led to the Police believing that he was mentally unwell and a risk to himself and/or others. The police detained Ben and took him to the local health service.

Ben is 25 years old and is a qualified builder. He has a history of depression, borderline personality disorder with known suicide attempts. Ben’s depression has been ongoing since he was 21 years old and he is known to use substances since the age of 14 years. His girlfriend told police that his substance use had got “much worse” in recent months and “has started acting strangely”.

On admission to the Emergency Department, Ben had a mixture of alcohol, ice and cannabis in his system and experiencing a psychotic episode.

Ben is now subject to the Mental Health Act Vic (2014) and is in the Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit. Ben has been commenced on several medications for his depression, alcohol withdrawal and psychosis.

Erin is the registered nurse looking after Ben today. She notices that Ben is becoming increasingly anxious and is unsettled. Erin has worked in the Acute Unit for 2 years.

Instructions:

This assessment functionally is an open book online test.  There is one multiple-choice question and the rest are short answer questions.

The layout resembles how you may document a mental state and risk assessment in an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and then your identification and brief discussion (150 words) of the communication techniques that worked in the scenario and if there were some that didn't.

It will be open for 11 days. You can go back into the test as often as you want within those 11 days.

There is no rubric for this assessment, all entries (questions) undergo moderation amongst markers before final marking occurs.

There is no word count

In the test is a video of a client called Ben.  Based on your observations of the client you will answer the questions about

  • Risk assessment
  • Ben’s mental state
  • Communication challenges.

You are expected to provide  (7 separate) in text references in your responses to short answer questions to support your answers.

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