Mary and James Case Studies

Mary and James Case Studies

Case Study: Chapter 2 Neurobiologic Theories and Psychopharmacology

1. Mary is the student nurse caring for a 27-year-old client who has been newly diagnosed with schizophrenia. The client has been prescribed ziprasidone (Geodon). The client asks Mary how long the medication will need to be taken. (Learning Objectives: 2, 3, 4)

a. What is the student nurse’s responsibility to the client regarding client education?

b. What questions might the student nurse, Mary, have for the client in order to provide information at a level that the client can understand?Case Study: Chapter 15 Obsessive–Compulsive and Related Disorders

1. James, a 24-year-old senior computer engineering student, is referred to the college’s Positive Coping group by his engineering adviser when he fails to attend most of his classes. At the first group meeting, James refuses to shake hands with anyone, awkwardly stating that he has been sick and does not want to pass his germs on to anyone. Initially, he stands, but when the group leader politely asks James to take a seat, he ignores the upholstered chairs forming the group circle and instead pulls a hard wooden chair over on which he precariously perches on the edge. He is careful not to touch his back or his arms to the chair.

After the group meeting ends, when the group leader asks James to meet with him privately, James admits that he has a problem with being outside around other people. He states, “I don’t like to leave my room. There are so many germs out here! People have no idea. Just being around other people coats your skin with germs; you breathe them in, you take them back to your apartment, and then it’s a lot of work to get rid of them. That’s the reason I can’t go to class. The cleaning takes so much time. But you have to do it, and you have to do it right; otherwise, you’re never going to be clean.” (Learning Objectives: 3 and 4)

a. What education does the group leader need to provide to James?

b. What treatment option(s) might the group leader suggest for James?

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