Bipolar Depression/Mania Case Study

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Prepare your students for licensure and real-world practice with this salient scenario that contextualizes nursing care and priority setting with a mental health patient who is manic.

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Case Study Scenario:

Brenden Manahan is a 35-year-old male, who has been admitted to the crisis intervention unit for exacerbation of his bipolar disorder. He was admitted on a 501 (involuntary inpatient admission, patient has been deemed either dangerous to self or others) and brought to the hospital by police because his mother feared for his safety. In the past few weeks he stopped taking his medication because he feared that his mother was poisoning him.

Brenden has not slept in the past 4 days due to racing thoughts…He began yelling that the police where there to poison him and prevent him from returning to his job.


Key Components:

1. Develop Critical Thinking

  • By applying and using knowledge most important to practice

2. Develop Clinical Reasoning

  • By recognizing relevant clinical data to identify the nursing priority

3. Develop Clinical Judgment

  • Outcome when student interprets, notices, and responds appropriately

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