NURBN2034 Nursing Practice 4: Mental Health Nursing - Video Case Study

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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.


This assessment is an open book online test. The test is a mixture of multiple-choice (dropdown box) questions and 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.

Assessment Task 1: Video case study (30%) due Fri, Aug 11, 2023 - 23:55:

Purpose: To demonstrate your knowledge and application of contemporary mental health care and concepts with the best evidenced based nursing practice in response to video scenario

Learning outcomes: Ki, K2, K3, Si, S2, S3, S4, Al, A2

Description: Students are provided with video scenario and are tasked to document a mental status examination, basic mental health risk assessment and critique on nurse's interactions with an agitated person.

Task will be an online format, students will be given a window to submit their work, though Moodie essay question format, questions will be provided beforehand and students are to submit their work before the closure of the quiz (see above) submissions will be also processed via Turnitin plagiarism software. Proformas for MSE and risk assessment questions will be available during week 1

Assessment task length: 1000 words excluding reference list.

Assessment criteria for grading: The marking rubric will be available for students on Moodie - students are strongly encouraged to use the marking rubric while preparing the assessment.

Marking: Marking of this assessment task will be undertaken by university staff. Pre and post-marking moderation will be undertaken for this assessment task.

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