Case Study, Chapter 3, Psychosocial Theories and Therapy
1. The student nurse, in the clinical setting of a behavioral health care center, has
been assigned by the clinical instructor to act in the role of a participant
observer during interaction with an anxious and withdrawn client. The student is
reminded that positive client outcomes depend on the nurse’s ability to maintain
self-awareness, respect for the client’s unique individuality, and client-centered
interaction. (Learning Objectives: 1 and 4)
a. Identify which theory is being used in this situation. Describe the specific
components of that theory.
b. What are the most influential factors that determine a client’s response to
therapeutic interventions? How can the student nurse facilitate a positive
Case Study, Chapter 7, Client’s Response to Illness
1. The student nurse is making a home visit with the community psychiatric nurse.
The client, a young woman named Phi, is scheduled to receive home care, and
this is the initial interview in the client’s home. Phi’s father Anh is present during
the visit. Throughout the interview, Phi makes poor eye contact with the nurse
and refers all questions to her father. (Learning Objectives: 5, 6, and 7)
a. What is the nurse’s role in assessing and working with this client in the home
b. When Anh, Phi’s father, requests that the nurse assist with banishing the evil
spirits in Phi in order to restore emotional harmony, what would be the best
response for the nurse to make?
Case Study, Chapter 10, Grief and Loss
1. Nancy is a 59-year-old client who is grieving the loss of her 14-year-old Maltese
dog that has recently died of congestive heart failure. Nancy has experienced
fatigue, lack of energy, and mild depression. These symptoms have caused her
to miss work. When her coworkers ask why she is feeling so tired, Nancy makes
excuses by saying that she “just can’t seem to sleep well at night.” Nancy tells
the nurse that she is reluctant to be honest with her colleagues because she
thinks that they will not understand her overwhelming feelings of sadness and
grief related to the death of her pet. (Learning Objectives: 5, 6, and 8)
a. What is the cultural significance of Nancy’s fear of sharing her feelings with
b. Which nursing diagnosis applies to Nancy?
Case Study, Chapter 17, Mood Disorders and Suicide
1. Julia, age 62 years, became severely depressed 6 years ago when her son
experienced a traumatic brain injury sustained in an automobile accident. She
has been nonadherent with pharmacologic antidepressant therapy, which has
led to her admission to an acute care psychiatric setting. During the assessment
interview, she reports becoming increasingly forgetful and now has difficulty
sleeping and concentrating. A physical assessment shows that she has lost 30
pounds during the last year as a result of “not being interested in eating.” Her
home needs repairs, and she feels overwhelmed with completing the
maintenance required. Julia reports “feeling helpless and alone,” adding that she
“is alone and no one cares.” (Learning Objectives: 3, 4, and 6)
a. Determine three nursing outcome statements that would apply to Julia, and
list them in order of priority.
b. Julia was started on sertraline (Zoloft). What client teaching should be done
with Julia regarding the sertraline?
Homework requirement: All questions need to be answered with 300 words or more.