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Learning to carry out effective assessments

Colin Walsh reflects on the importance of carrying out assessments in an understanding manner

At times during our student placements, we will be requested to undertake assessments regarding a patient’s mental state, their psychological wellbeing and their physical health.

We will encounter a wide range of formal assessments during our training and throughout our future careers. For example, the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT-C) is used to determine the most suitable alcohol intervention option, the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) to establish a person’s cognitive decline towards a dementia diagnosis, and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) to screen for levels of anxiety and depression.

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About Mental Health Nursing

This issue features a range of news, features and papers on mental health nursing, including a student focus on carrying out assessments, an initiative to support the physical health of people with a mental illness, an evaluation of emotional intelligence tests in recruitment, an examination of non-violent resistance, an article by comedian Jake Mills on his personal experience and campaigning in mental health, an introduction to the power threat meaning framework, and an interview with Vanessa Garrity.