For some people, mental status changes can be very subtle and may occur over a long period of time. For others, changes can be 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 course is designed to provide you with an overview of the assessment tools and components of a mental status assessment.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Completing a Mental Status Evaluation
Assessing Current Mental Capacity
Cognitive Assessment Components
Section 3: Nursing Care
Chronic vs Acute Mental Status Change
Section 4: Conclusion
Lynda Welch is a registered nurse with an extensive career history in long-term care management. She provides general administrative and clinical nursing 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, evidence-based 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.
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