A Meeting of the Minds: Assessing Mental Status Changes


Mental status changes can be very subtle and may occur over a long period of time. For others, mental status changes can be very obvious and may be of sudden onset. So how can you, as a care provider, evaluate mental status changes experienced by those under your care? The key is assessment. This module will provide you with the tools you will need to perform a mental status examination.


Hours: 0.67


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-C2L-USS-39800C
Hours: 0.67
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2018
Learning Objectives:
Differentiate between depression, delirium, and dementia
List the types of tools used to assess mental status
List the guidelines that need to be followed when performing a mental status exam
Identify the components of a mental status exam
Recognize abnormal findings from a mental status exam
Describe the nursing care required for an individual with mental status changes

Topic 1: The Three D’s
Topic 3: Assessment Tools
Topic 4: General Guidelines
Topic 5: Performing a Mental Status Examination (MSE)
Topic 6: Nursing Care

Instructor: Cheryl Dillon, RN-C, WCC
Cheryl Dillon is currently the Regional Manager/Director of Quality Assurance at ABS Management. In the past, she has assisted in the operations of multiple nursing facilities, including staffing, payroll, public health concerns, family member issues, management of consultant relationships (e.g. pharmacy, dietary, etc.), and service as intermediary between long term facilities and doctors. Her expertise also includes staff training and development, policy and procedure review and implementation, Quality Assurance initiatives, chart audits, and mock surveys. Disclosure: Cheryl Dillon, RN-C, WCC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Jennifer Eubanks, RN
Jennifer Eubanks, RN has been in long term care for more than 10 years. She has held positions including Director of Nursing, Medicare Nurse Coordinator, Nurse Consultant, Area Manager and Director of Quality Assurance. Additionally, she was responsible for maintaining an effective compliance program under a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of Inspector General for a period of five years. She was responsible for establishing a zero-house-acquired pressure ulcer program, as well as participating in her company’s community restraint-free initiative. Disclosure: Jennifer Eubanks, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Lynda Welch, RN

Lynda Welch is a registered nurse with an extensive career history in long-term care management. She provides general administrative and clinical consultative services to staff in long-term care homes. Lynda is also a legal nurse consultant. Her understanding of operational and clinical issues related to long-term care combined with her ability to read and interpret government standards and legislation, provides plaintiff, defense and labour lawyers with an objective opinion related to relevant standards of care.

 Disclosure: Lynda Welch, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: intermediate level General Staff.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
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