*** Include each of the following in your assignment *** 1- Depression scale 2-
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*** Include each of the following in your assignment ***
1- Depression scale
2- Clock drawing test
3- Mini-mental status examination
** Depression Scale:
The purpose of this assignment is to help nurse practitioner students understand the importance of assessing cognitive functioning and mental status with valid and reliable tools.
This assignment focuses on application and interpretation of the geriatric depression scale to assess symptoms of depression in a frail elderly patient.
1- Complete the geriatric depression scale on an individual > 75 years of age to assess symptoms of depression in a frail elderly patient. The geriatric depression scale can be downloaded from The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing.
2- Score the patient’s responses to the 15 questions on the geriatric depression scale.
3- Prepare a 1- to 2-paragraph summary of the scored geriatric depression scale for the patient medical record and action plan based on the patient’s final score.
4- Discuss the findings and implications of the geriatric depression scale with the patient.
5- Describe your area of greatest learning from completing this portion of the assignment.
*** Clock Drawing Test
One of the greatest challenges for nurse practitioners is determining when a frail elderly patient is no longer capable of performing certain tasks with safety. For example, this is a particularly relevant issue when a frail elderly patient is still driving and family members do not want to take their car keys away. Nurse practitioners have a legal and ethical obligation to meet standards of care, and while many decisions like taking the driver’s license of a frail elderly patient may not be popular, they are necessary to protect not only the patient but also society as well. The purpose of this assignment is to help the student become familiar with the clock drawing test (CDT) and determine its relevance and significance in making critical and important decisions in patient care when dealing with the frail elderly population.
1- Administer the clock drawing test (CDT) to an elderly patient > 75 years of age to test the patient’s executive level of functioning and determine whether or not this patient should be allowed to drive. Submit a copy of the CDT result.
2- Score the CDT.
3-Provide a summary report of the CDT, including planning (circle size), organizing (placement of numbers), sequencing (inclusion of all numbers in the correct order), and abstraction (hands of the clock placement and length).
4- Should this patient be allowed to drive? Why/why not?
5- Describe your area of greatest learning from completing this assignment.
*** Folstein Mini-Mental Status Examination
1- Administer the mini-mental status examination (MMSE) on an elderly patient > 75 years of age to test the patient’s executive level of functioning to determine whether or not this patient should be allowed to drive. Submit a copy of the actual MMSE result.
2- Score the MMSE.
3- Is this patient cognitively impaired? Why or why not?
4- Describe your area of greatest learning from completing this portion of the assignment.
*** Assignment Requirements: ***
Before finalizing your work, you should:
*be sure to read the assignment description above carefully;
*consult the grading rubric
*utilize spelling and grammar check to minimize errors.
Your writing assignment should:
*follow the conventions of Standard English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.);
*be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful;
*display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics;
*use APA current edition format; and
be supported with a minimum of 5 scholarly, peer-reviewed sources from the past 5 years, external to those assigned for this unit.