This assessment enables students to demonstrate understanding of concepts and patient focus factors in mental health. This assessment requires critical discussion on restrictive and coercive practices in mental health. Students will be able to select one question (from a possible two) and will draw from national and international perspectives within contemporary literature. Topics will be available under the Assessment Tile on LEO.
Length and/or format: 2000 words +/- 10%
Purpose: For students to demonstrate their understanding of patient focused concepts in mental health. Learning outcomes assessed: LO1, LO2, LO3 How to submit: Submit your assignment via the Turnitin link in your Campus tile on LEO. Please note that during highpeak times, Turnitin may take up to 48hrs to provide an accurate similarity index. It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit your paper with enough time to make any necessary changes. Submit your paper it into the regular drop box. Do not submit into the extension drop box unless you have an approved extension. Late penalties apply for papers submitted after the due date. Please review the policy on Academic Integrity and Misconduct policy if you choose not to do this.
Assessment criteria: See rubric in Appendix 1. Please include the word count of your assignment on the front page of your assignment or in a header. Please note that in-text citations are included in the word count whilst the reference list is not included in the word count. Words that are more than 10% over the word count will not be considered.
Choose from ONE (1) of the following options:
Assignment topic choice 1
The use of sedative medications to control behaviours is controversial and has been described as being highly coercive and having significant effects on a person (Muir-Cochrane & Gerace, 2017). In this essay you are required to critically discuss: • the controversy of the use of psychotropic medications to control behaviours and manage symptoms for people who experience mental illness. • Identify the challenging aspects for registered nurses who administer psychotropic medication to the consumer who poses significant risk of harm to self and/or others, in promoting recovery-oriented practice. Your essay must utilise a range of national and international contemporary literature, to create an argument that identifies the complexities of this issue.
Assignment topic choice 2
In recent years there has been a movement by consumer groups to reduce restrictive practices in Australian mental health services (Hercelinskyj & Alexander, 2019). In this essay you are required to critically discuss: • the impacts of seclusion to consumers and healthcare professionals alike. • the role of the registered nurse in collaborating with consumers to work towards State/Territory and National initiatives in reducing seclusion and restraint (e.g. Safewards). Your essay must utilise a range of national and international contemporary literature, to create an argument that identifies the complexities of this issue (LO1).
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