2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

The Lived Experience of Mental Illness
Meredith L. Williams
Ms. Rebecca P. McClanahan, Faculty Mentor

This case study was conducted for the purpose of understanding the unique lived experience of mental illness over the course of a six-week in-depth analysis within a psychosocial rehabilitation program. Nursing diagnoses, outcomes, and interventions were selected from the standardized nursing language of the North American Nursing diagnosis Association, the Nursing Outcomes Classification taxonomy, and the Nursing Intervention Classification taxonomy. This case study presentation represents the essence of the nurse-client relationship, as well as the client’s lived experience of mental illness. Emergent themes consistent with this metaphor were anxiety related to personal life experiences, behavioral management, and smoking cessation. The main caring themes utilized by the nursing student were cultivation of sensitivity to one’s self and of others, provision for a supportive, protective, and/or corrective mental, physical, societal, and spiritual environment, and systematic use of a creative problem-solving caring process.

Keywords: Case Study, Mental Illness, Nursing, Mental Health, Smoking Cessation, Behavior Management, Anxiety, Psychosocial


Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 60-51
Location: OP Lobby and Atrium
Time: 4:15

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