2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Calming the Storm: The Lived Experience of Mental Illness
Kristin M. Prange
Ms. Rebecca P. McClanahan, Faculty Mentor

This case study was performed in order to understand the lived experience of mental illness, while working with a person with serious and persistent mental illness living in a residential care facility and undergoing psychosocial rehabilitation. 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. The resulting nursing care plan was implemented during five nurse-client interactions occurring over a three-month period. The emergent themes that arose from this interaction were coping, spirituality, and patterns of behavior. Caring themes by the nursing student included forming a trusting-caring relationship, positive reinforcement, teaching, and the realization that patterns of mental illness are often unpredictable and stable periods must be utilized to reinforce good coping mechanisms. A themed PowerPoint presentation was developed to portray the client’s lived experience.

Keywords: mental illness, patterns, spirituality, coping, teaching

Topic(s):Nursing

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 60-49
Location: OP Lobby and Atrium
Time: 4:15

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