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Cover image for lecture: Mental Status Examination and Stigma for Enrolled Nurses

Lecture Overview

It is essential for all nurses - not just those working in mental health settings - to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to perform an acute mental status examination. This talk from Amanda Smith addresses some of the stigma around common mental illnesses you may encounter in your practice, as well as some practical tips for conducting a mental status examination and providing appropriate care.


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Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith is a proud and vocal advocate of comprehensive health care with a passion for mental health nursing. Although initially starting her career in general nursing, working across the aged care sector, cardiac, medical, and later emergency departments, Amanda's desire to improve quality outcomes for those suffering with mental distress navigated her career towards mental health nursing and education. For the last 7 years, along with being a clinical practitioner in the mental health care arena, Amanda has additionally been privileged to work alongside some truly amazing academics as a sessional tutor teaching in tertiary institutions in Queensland for undergraduate nursing and paramedic degree students. Amanda's experience spans all facets of mental health nursing from acute triage and assessment, to emergency and special service co-response teams, to high dependency and case management. She is passionate about consumers receiving quality service from first contact throughout their entire mental health journey. She believes the fundamental issue for all consumers is the barriers of stigma and discrimination, which often prevents people from making that initial contact and receiving both accurate physical and mental health assessment. It is Amanda's ongoing intention to address these barriers through drawing on her own journey and experience, as well as through clinical practice, education, and ongoing professional development. See Educator Profile


39 Total Rating(s)
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Zoe Robins
30 Jul 2019

Very informative!

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Lydia Kelly
23 May 2019

Fantastic lecture, really important information about caring for people well.

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beverley Taylor
21 May 2019

I found most of the content interesting however reading from power point I find not useful it didn't drive the content it was just read out. Bullet points to discuss would have been more helpful then referenced to back the content up

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Michelle Murphy
19 May 2019

Engaging and interesting

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Lorraine Leafe
09 May 2019

Good !

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Zoe Cooper
09 May 2019

Interesting. I felt this lecture was not without bias, strong personal opinion evident, however,,informative regarding MSE

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Asa Sullivan
28 Mar 2019

Engaging and interesting, didn’t focus on the MSE too much though and the practical. Simply the 'do's and dont's'.

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Timothy Riegerix
26 Mar 2019

This video didn't dive deep enough into the MSE to be helpful to me. I found it didn't cover anything new for me.

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Margaret Mary Shinners
04 Mar 2019

Well developed and delivered session, covering all key areas.

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Susan Mayne
02 Mar 2019