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Lecture Overview

It is essential for all nurses - not just those working in mental health settings - to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to perform an acute mental status examination. This talk from Amanda Smith addresses some of the stigma around common mental illnesses you may encounter in your practice, as well as some practical tips for conducting a mental status examination and providing appropriate care.

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Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith is a proud and vocal advocate of comprehensive health care with a passion for mental health nursing. Although initially starting her career in general nursing working across the aged care sector, cardiac, medical and later emergency departments, Amanda's desire to improve quality outcomes for those suffering with mental distress navigated her career towards mental health nursing and education. For the last 7 years, along with being a clinical practitioner in the mental health care arena, Amanda has additionally been privileged to work alongside some truly amazing academics as a sessional tutor teaching in tertiary institutions in Queensland for undergraduate nursing and paramedic degree students. Amanda's experience spans across all facets of mental health nursing from acute triage and assessment, emergency and special service co-response teams, to high dependency and case management. She is passionate about consumers receiving quality service from first contact through their entire mental health journey and believes the fundamental issue for all consumers are the barriers of stigma and discrimination which often prevents people from making that initial contact and receiving both accurate physical and mental health assessment. It is Amanda's ongoing intention to address these barriers through drawing on her own journey and experience, as well as through clinical practice, education and ongoing professional development.

Reviews

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15 Total Rating(s)

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Nicholas Stewart Cleave
12 Feb 2019

Excellent, knowledgeable presenter

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Charmaine Kennedy
11 Feb 2019

This topic was well presented

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Philip Mason
09 Feb 2019

Passionate and knowledgeable

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Linda Mai
02 Feb 2019

Great resource!

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Lauren Moody
01 Feb 2019

This video clearly outlined the correct lanauge that should be used when documenting Mental State Examinations. It helped to reinforce how to appropriately assess patients in this area of health care and how to clearly document so other health care professionals understand each individual patients situation.

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Rhonda Sharpe
13 Jan 2019

Almost speechless— so one word BRILLIANT !!!!

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Patricia Wright
08 Jan 2019

Presenter strayed from topics.

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Emma Johnson
06 Jan 2019

Good lecture, great points, easy to follow informative and entertaining

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Emma Johnson
06 Jan 2019

Good lecture, great points, easy to follow informative and entertaining

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Chrispen svosve
04 Jan 2019

Great learning piece