Select a pediatric/adolescent client. Ensure that you correctly remove the appropriate information (name, etc.) to remain HIPAA compliant.
Prepare a full mental health evaluation on your pediatric/adolescent client. This should include the following:
A full psychiatric, physical, social, family, and birth and developmental history including verbal reports of the client, your observations of the client, and a summary of any diagnostic aids that you have used.
The use of at least one psychiatric screening or assessment tool from the literature to assist in your assessment of the client
A full physical assessment in addition to the mental status exam and psychiatric history
Develop a DSM-5 diagnostic assessment:
Support your diagnosis through a thoughtful, evidence-based rationale of the data collected in your evaluation.
Propose a practical, evidence-based plan of care:
Keep in mind the role of the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner is to assess all aspects of the patient’s health status, including health promotion, and disease prevention. Psychiatric care is interdisciplinary. Your plan of care may include the use of other mental health professionals for the delivery of appropriate care. For example, someone who has been chronically back pain, and has been out of work may have these factors contributing to his or her depression and may require a pain specialist and social services to address those aspects of the client’s poor psychological functioning.