Week 6: Mental Health Clinical Presentation – Part 1

Week 6: Mental Health Clinical Presentation – Part 1

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The purpose of this assignment is for learners to:

  1. Have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned throughout all core courses in the FNP track and previous clinical courses.
  2. Demonstrate an advancing understanding of the patient with a mental health disorder in primary care.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to analyze the literature/ previous patients seen in the clinical setting be able to perform an evidenced-based review of their case, diagnosis, and plan, while guiding and taking feedback from peers regarding the case.
  4. Demonstrate professional communication and leadership, while advancing the education of peers.

Activity Learning Outcomes

Through this discussion, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Develop management plans based on current scientific evidence and national guidelines. (CO4)
  2. Prioritize treatment based on relevant clinical presentation. (CO6)

Due Date: 

Leading the Discussion: Wednesday by 11:59pm MT of Week 6

Peer Response: Thursday by 11:59pm MT of Week 6

A 10% late penalty will be imposed for discussions posted after the deadline on Wednesday 11:59pm MT of Week 6, regardless of the number of days late. NOTHING will be accepted after 11:59pm MT on Sunday (i.e. student will receive an automatic 0).  

Total Points Possible:  60


For Week 6 of the course there will not be a case study given to you by the faculty. Instead you will be assigned a mental health disorder commonly seen in primary care and you will create a case study based on that disorder. You may create a case study either from a previous clinical patient experience or if you have not had a patient in clinical that represents your assigned topic you may research your disease using the week’s classroom material and the evidence-based literature in the field. The case should be clear and include all elements of a normal case that might be presented in class (subjective, objective, assessment, and full 5 point plan).  The clinical practicum documentation will be helpful for this process, or notes you have taken in clinical regarding cases.  The case should be clear, organized, and meet the following guidelines:

Week 6 Part One:

This part goes in part one and should begin with subjective and objective data just like we do in your weekly case study discussion.  Do not put diagnosis until your peers respond.

WEEK 6 Part One: The case should lead the class toward the mental health diagnosis assigned to you by your instructor.

WEEK 6 Part One Specific Guidelines

If this is an actual patient from clinical- Include their actual chief complaint, demographic data, HPI, PMHX, PSHX, medications, allergies, subjective and objective findings without identifying the patient’s name.

If this is a fictitious case you’ve created from the literature/readings you should design an example patient and include chief complaint, demographic data, HPI, PMHX, PSHX, medications and allergies, subjective and objective findings. Be mindful that the background data for the case should bear some relevance to the diagnosis.

The case should not be overly simple. Like your weekly case studies, it should include subjective data that loosely represents the diagnosis you have been given, but includes some elements of the pathophysiology/presentation of the disease.

You must include the following elements in part one: subjective: chief complaint/HPI, demographic data, HPI, PMHX, PSHX, subjective and objective findings.


Leading the discussion in part one:  You must respond to any student who posts regarding your case with a substantial response, either answering their questions or noting their response and acting as leader. You also must respond to any faculty responses to your initial posting. Use references to support your responses. Remember: Your response to your peers is part of where you demonstrate your knowledge of the disease you were assigned. You should be discussing hallmark symptoms, diagnostic tools etc along with discussing the student’s impressions and conclusions.  Once your peers respond you can share the primary diagnosis and treatment plan that actually occurred if it is a live patient, and the ideal treatment plan if it is an invented case. Your treatment plan should address any national guidelines as appropriate for the diagnosis.

Participating in part one: As a student you will be required to respond to at least one other student, whom has no responses to their posting**. In your response to your peer you must include the following: Your top three (3) differentials based on the information provided, the primary diagnosis you are leaning toward, and first line treatment for how you would treat that diagnosis. Use references to support your response. *DEADLINE – YOUR ONE REPSONSE TO A STUDENT IN DISCUSSION #1 IS DUE BY THURSDAY AT 11:59 p.m. MT SO THAT THE STUDENT CAN INTERACT WITH YOU AS WE DO IN OTHER CASES.  **If all students have a response, then choose the student with the least responses to their posting.

**To see view the grading criteria/rubric, please click on the 3 dots in the box at the end of the solid gray bar above the discussion board title and then Show Rubric.






Application of Course Knowledge 



Post contributes clinically accurate perspectives/insights applicable to the results from the physical exam and diagnoses. Initial post includes the most likely diagnosis/specific treatment plan given case study information supported by rationale and answers all questions presented in the case. Demonstrates course knowledge/assigned readings by: linking tests/interventions accurately to diagnoses, applies learned knowledge specifically to the symptoms and patient information using original dialogue i.e., little to no direct quotes. 

Evidence Based resources



Discussion post supported by evidence from appropriate sources published within the last five years. Focus of journal articles represents a logical link between the article content and the case study information.  In-text citations and full references are provided.

Interactive Dialogue



Presents case study findings and responds substantively to at least one peer including evidence from appropriate sources, and all direct faculty questions posted. Substantive posts contribute new, novel perspectives to the discussion using original dialogue (not quotes from sources)




Total CONTENT Points= 50 pts









Discussion post presented in a logical, meaningful, and understandable sequence. Headings reflect separation of criterion outlined in assignment guidelines. 

**Direct quote should not exceed 15 words & must add substantively to the discussion




Discussion post has minimal grammar, spelling, syntax, punctuation and APA* errors. Direct quotes (if used) is limited to 1 short statement** which adds substantively to the post. 

* APA style references and in text citations are required; however, there are no deductions for errors in indentation or spacing of references. All elements of the reference otherwise must be included.




Total FORMAT Points=  10 pts





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