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Assignment: Assessing and Treating Patients with Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Patients with Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Psychosis and schizophrenia greatly impact the brain’s normal processes, which interfere with the ability to think clearly. When symptoms of these disorders are uncontrolled, patients may struggle to function in daily life. However, patients often thrive when properly diagnosed and treated under the close supervision of a psychiatric mental health practitioner. For this Assignment, as you examine the patient case study in this week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat patients presenting with psychosis and schizophrenia.

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources, including the Medication Resources indicated for this week.

Reflect on the psychopharmacologic treatments you might recommend for the assessment and treatment of patients with schizophrenia-related psychoses.

The Assignment: 5 pages

Examine Case Study: Pakistani Woman With Delusional Thought Processes. You will be asked to make three decisions concerning the medication to prescribe to this patient. Be sure to consider factors that might impact the patient’s pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point, you should evaluate all options before selecting your decision and moving throughout the exercise. Before you make your decision, make sure that you have researched each option and that you evaluate the decision that you will select. Be sure to research each option using the primary literature.

Introduction to the case (1 page)

Briefly explain and summarize the case for this Assignment. Be sure to include the specific patient factors that may impact your decision making when prescribing medication for this patient.

Decision #1 (1 page)

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Be specific and support your response with clinically relevant and patient-specific resources, including the primary literature.

Why did you not select the other two options provided in the exercise? Be specific and support your response with clinically relevant and patient-specific resources, including the primary literature.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision? Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources (including the primary literature).

Explain how ethical considerations may impact your treatment plan and communication with patients. Be specific and provide examples.

Decision #2 (1 page)

Why did you select this decision? Be specific and support your response with clinically relevant and patient-specific resources, including the primary literature.

Why did you not select the other two options provided in the exercise? Be specific and support your response with clinically relevant and patient-specific resources, including the primary literature.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision? Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources (including the primary literature).

Explain how ethical considerations may impact your treatment plan and communication with patients. Be specific and provide examples.

Decision #3 (1 page)

Why did you select this decision? Be specific and support your response with clinically relevant and patient-specific resources, including the primary literature.

Why did you not select the other two options provided in the exercise? Be specific and support your response with clinically relevant and patient-specific resources, including the primary literature.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision? Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources (including the primary literature).

Explain how ethical considerations may impact your treatment plan and communication with patients. Be specific and provide examples.

Conclusion (1 page)

Summarize your recommendations on the treatment options you selected for this patient. Be sure to justify your recommendations and support your response with clinically relevant and patient-specific resources, including the primary literature.

Note: Support your rationale with a minimum of five academic resources. While you may use the course text to support your rationale, it will not count toward the resource requirement. You should be utilizing the primary and secondary literature.

 

 

Delusional Disorders

Pakistani Female With Delusional Thought Processes

 

 

Decision Point One

 

 

 Start Zyprexa (olanzapine) 10 mg orally at BEDTIME

RESULTS OF DECISION POINT ONE

Client returns to clinic in four weeks

Her PANSS decreases to a partial response (decrease in positive symptoms by 25%)

She comes in today with a reported weight gain of 5 pounds. When questioned further on this point, she states that she can never seem to get full from her meals, so she is snacking constantly throughout the day

Decision Point Two

 

 

 

 Change medication to Geodon (ziprasidone) 40 mg orally BID with meals

 

RESULTS OF DECISION POINT TWO

Client returns to clinic in four weeks

Client has a significant reduction in her PANSS (reduction of 40% in positive symptoms)

She notices her weight is down slightly from the previous visit (2 pounds) and that her hunger has been curbed since starting this med

She does complain that it is difficult to remember the second dose and admits to missing afternoon doses on several occasions over the past month

Decision Point Three

 

 

 

 Change the Geodon to 80 MG at bedtime daily and monitor for breakthrough symptoms throughout the day

 

Guidance to Student

 

Changing to Risperdal oral therapy to test for side effects and then switching to Invega Sustenna is a good option in a client who has problems with compliance and who shows good effect from oral therapy. The manufacturer advertises that clients can be switched from an entirely different medication to Invega Sustenna if tolerability can be shown through oral therapy. From a clinical standpoint, the client may or may not respond to the medication and therefore could be wasted time. Remember, manufacturers have a product to sell, and their information should always be verified before implementing in clinical practice.

Although Geodon is recommended twice daily with meals, some providers will choose to give the dose once a day and monitor for efficacy in clients who have compliance issues with BID dosing regimens.

Latuda is a medication that behaves much like Geodon and is therefore a good option for someone who responds to Geodon but has compliance problems due to its once daily dosing schedule. Tolerability can be an issue as doses are escalated. Particularly, nausea, vomiting, and extrapyramidal side effects can be problematic and therefore good counseling points for clients. Clients usually tolerate lower doses (40 mg), but significant GI distress and movement disorders can occur when doses are pushed upward toward the daily max of 160 mg.

 

 

Please follow rubric closely 

 

 

Name: NURS_6630_Week7_Assignment_Rubric

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  Excellent

 

Point range: 90–100 Good

 

Point range: 80–89 Fair

 

Point range: 70–79 Poor

 

Point range: 0–69

Introduction to the case (1 page)

 

Briefly explain and summarize the case for this Assignment. Be sure to include the specific patient factors that may impact your decision making when prescribing medication for this patient. 9 (9%) – 10 (10%)

The response accurately, clearly, and fully summarizes in detail the case for the Assignment.

 

The response accurately and clearly explains in detail the specific patient factors that impact decision making when prescribing medication for this patient. 8 (8%) – 8 (8%)

The response accurately summarizes the case for the Assignment.

 

The response accurately explains the specific patient factors that impact decision making with prescribing medication for this patient. 7 (7%) – 7 (7%)

The response inaccurately or vaguely summarizes the case for the Assignment.

 

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains the specific patient factors that impact decision making with prescribing medication for this patient. 0 (0%) – 6 (6%)

The response inaccurately and vaguely summarizes the case for the Assignment, or is missing.

 

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains the specific patient factors that impact decision making with prescribing medication for this patient.

Decision #1 (1–2 pages)

 

• Which decision did you select?

• Why did you select this decision? Be specific and support your response with clinically relevant and patient-specific resources, including the primary literature.

• Why did you not select the other two options provided in the exercise? Be specific and support your response with clinically relevant and patient-specific resources, including the primary literature.

• What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision? Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources (including the primary literature).

• Explain how ethical considerations may impact your treatment plan and communication with patients. Be specific and provide examples. 18 (18%) – 20 (20%)

The response accurately and clearly explains in detail the decision selected.

 

The response accurately and clearly explains in detail why the decision was selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that fully support the decision selected.

 

The response accurately and clearly explains in detail why the other two responses were not selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that fully support the response.

 

The response accurately and clearly explains in detail the outcome the student was hoping to achieve with the selected decision, with specific clinically relevant resources that fully support the response.

 

The response accurately and clearly explains in detail how ethical considerations impact the treatment plan and communication with patients.

 

Examples provided fully support the decisions and responses provided. 16 (16%) – 17 (17%)

The response accurately explains the decision selected.

 

The response explains why the decision was selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that support the decision selected.

 

The response accurately explains why the other two responses were not selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that support the response.

 

The response accurately explains the outcome the student was hoping to achieve with the selected decision, with specific clinically relevant resources that support the response.

 

The response accurately explains how ethical considerations impact the treatment plan and communication with patients.

 

Examples provided support the decisions and responses provided. 14 (14%) – 15 (15%)

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains the decision selected.

 

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains why the decision was selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that inaccurately or vaguely support the decision selected.

 

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains why the other two responses were not selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that inaccurately or vaguely support the response.

 

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains the outcome the student was hoping to achieve with the selected decision, with specific clinically relevant resources that inaccurately or vaguely support the response.

 

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains how ethical considerations impact the treatment plan and communication with patients.

 

Examples provided may support the decisions and responses provided. 0 (0%) – 13 (13%)

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains the decision selected.

 

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains why the decision was selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that do not support the decision selected, or is missing.

 

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains why the other two responses were not selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that do not support the decision selected, or is missing.

 

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains the outcome the student was hoping to achieve with the selected decision, with specific clinically relevant resources that do not support the response, or is missing.

 

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains how ethical considerations impact the treatment plan and communication with patients, or is missing.

 

Examples provided do not support the decisions and responses provided, or is missing.

Decision #2 (1–2 pages)

 

• Which decision did you select?

• Why did you select this decision? Be specific and support your response with clinically relevant and patient-specific resources, including the primary literature.

• Why did you not select the other two options provided in the exercise? Be specific and support your response with clinically relevant and patient-specific resources, including the primary literature.

• What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision? Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources (including the primary literature).

• Explain how ethical considerations may impact your treatment plan and communication with patients. Be specific and provide examples. 18 (18%) – 20 (20%)

The response accurately and clearly explains in detail the decision selected.

 

The response accurately and clearly explains in detail why the decision was selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that fully support the decision selected.

 

The response accurately and clearly explains in detail why the other two responses were not selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that fully support the response.

 

The response accurately and clearly explains in detail the outcome the student was hoping to achieve with the selected decision, with specific clinically relevant resources that fully support the response.

 

The response accurately and clearly explains in detail how ethical considerations impact the treatment plan and communication with patients.

 

Examples provided fully support the decisions and responses provided. 16 (16%) – 17 (17%)

The response accurately explains the decision selected.

 

The response explains why the decision was selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that support the decision selected.

 

The response accurately explains why the other two responses were not selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that support the response.

 

The response accurately explains the outcome the student was hoping to achieve with the selected decision, with specific clinically relevant resources that support the response.

 

The response accurately explains how ethical considerations impact the treatment plan and communication with patients.

 

Examples provided support the decisions and responses provided. 14 (14%) – 15 (15%)

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains the decision selected.

 

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains why the decision was selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that inaccurately or vaguely support the decision selected.

 

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains why the other two responses were not selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that inaccurately or vaguely support the response.

 

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains the outcome the student was hoping to achieve with the selected decision, with specific clinically relevant resources that inaccurately or vaguely support the response.

 

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains how ethical considerations impact the treatment plan and communication with patients.

 

Examples provided may support the decisions and responses provided. 0 (0%) – 13 (13%)

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains in detail the decision selected.

 

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains why the decision was selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that do not support the decision selected, or is missing.

 

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains why the other two responses were not selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that do not support the decision selected, or is missing.

 

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains the outcome the student was hoping to achieve with the selected decision, with specific clinically relevant resources that do not support the response, or is missing.

 

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains how ethical considerations impact the treatment plan and communication with patients, or is missing.

 

Examples provided do not support the decisions and responses provided, or is missing.

Decision #3 (1–2 pages)

 

• Which decision did you select?

• Why did you select this decision? Be specific and support your response with clinically relevant and patient-specific resources, including the primary literature.

• Why did you not select the other two options provided in the exercise? Be specific and support your response with clinically relevant and patient-specific resources, including the primary literature.

• What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision? Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources (including the primary literature).

• Explain how ethical considerations may impact your treatment plan and communication with patients. Be specific and provide examples. 18 (18%) – 20 (20%)

The response accurately and clearly explains in detail the decision selected.

 

The response accurately and clearly explains in detail why the decision was selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that fully support the decision selected.

 

The response accurately and clearly explains in detail why the other two responses were not selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that fully support the response.

 

The response accurately and clearly explains in detail the outcome the student was hoping to achieve with the selected decision, with specific clinically relevant resources that fully support the response.

 

The response accurately and clearly explains in detail how ethical considerations impact the treatment plan and communication with patients.

 

Examples provided fully support the decisions and responses provided. 16 (16%) – 17 (17%)

The response accurately explains the decision selected.

 

The response explains why the decision was selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that support the decision selected.

 

The response accurately explains why the other two responses were not selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that support the response.

 

The response accurately explains the outcome the student was hoping to achieve with the selected decision, with specific clinically relevant resources that support the response.

 

The response accurately explains how ethical considerations impact the treatment plan and communication with patients.

 

Examples provided support the decisions and responses provided. 14 (14%) – 15 (15%)

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains the decision selected.

 

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains why the decision was selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that inaccurately or vaguely support the decision selected.

 

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains why the other two responses were not selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that inaccurately or vaguely support the response.

 

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains the outcome the student was hoping to achieve with the selected decision, with specific clinically relevant resources that inaccurately or vaguely support the response.

 

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains how ethical considerations impact the treatment plan and communication with patients.

 

Examples provided may support the decisions and responses provided. 0 (0%) – 13 (13%)

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains in detail the decision selected.

 

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains why the decision was selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that do not support the decision selected, or is missing.

 

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains why the other two responses were not selected, with specific clinically relevant resources that do not support the decision selected, or is missing.

 

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains the outcome the student was hoping to achieve with the selected decision, with specific clinically relevant resources that do not support the response, or is missing.

 

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains how ethical considerations impact the treatment plan and communication with patients, or is missing.

 

Examples provided do not support the decisions and responses provided, or is missing.

Conclusion (1 page)

 

• Summarize your recommendations on the treatment options you selected for this patient. Be sure to justify your recommendations and support your response with clinically relevant and patient-specific resources, including the primary literature. 14 (14%) – 15 (15%)

The response accurately and clearly summarizes in detail the recommendations on the treatment options selected for this patient.

 

The response accurately and clearly explains a justification for the recommendations provided, including clinically relevant resources that fully support the recommendations provided. 12 (12%) – 13 (13%)

The response accurately summarizes the recommendations on the treatment options selected for this patient.

 

The response accurately explains a justification for the recommendation provided, including clinically relevant resources that support the recommendations provided. 11 (11%) – 11 (11%)

The response inaccurately or vaguely summarizes the recommendations on the treatment options selected for this patient.

 

The response inaccurately or vaguely explains a justification for the recommendations provided, including clinically relevant resources that inaccurately or vaguely support the recommendations provided. 0 (0%) – 10 (10%)

The response inaccurately and vaguely summarizes the recommendations on the treatment options selected for this patient, or is missing.

 

The response inaccurately and vaguely explains a justification for the recommendations provided, including clinically relevant resources that do not support the recommendations provided, or is missing.

Written Expression and Formatting – Paragraph Development and Organization:

Paragraphs make clear points that support well-developed ideas, flow logically, and demonstrate continuity of ideas. Sentences are carefully focused—neither long and rambling nor short and lacking substance. A clear and comprehensive purpose statement and introduction are provided that delineate all required criteria. 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)

Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity.

 

A clear and comprehensive purpose statement, introduction, and conclusion are provided that delineate all required criteria. 4 (4%) – 4 (4%)

Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity 80% of the time.

 

Purpose, introduction, and conclusion of the assignment are stated, yet they are brief and not descriptive. 3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)

Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity 60%–79% of the time.

 

Purpose, introduction, and conclusion of the assignment is vague or off topic. 0 (0%) – 3 (3%)

Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity < 60% of the time.

 

No purpose statement, introduction, or conclusion were provided.

Written Expression and Formatting – English writing standards:

Correct grammar, mechanics, and proper punctuation 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)

Uses correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation with no errors. 4 (4%) – 4 (4%)

Contains a few (1 or 2) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. 3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)

Contains several (3 or 4) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. 0 (0%) – 3 (3%)

Contains many (≥ 5) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors that interfere with the reader’s understanding.

Written Expression and Formatting – The paper follows correct APA format for title page, headings, font, spacing, margins, indentations, page numbers, parenthetical/in-text citations, and reference list. 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)

Uses correct APA format with no errors. 4 (4%) – 4 (4%)

Contains a few (1 or 2) APA format errors. 3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)

Contains several (3 or 4) APA format errors. 0 (0%) – 3 (3%)

Contains many (≥ 5) APA format errors.

Total Points: 100

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