Unit 5 Assignment – Clinical Preparation Journal


Each week you will be given a prompt to write a reflective journal assignment that will allow you to investigate areas for clinical preparation in psychiatric mental health. The

reflective journal should abide by APA writing standards, include a minimum of one reference in APA format, and be a minimum of 250 words.

Review the Mnemonics’ in Psychiatric Mental health Care article:

·         Caplan, J. P., MD., & Stern, T. A., MD. (n.d.). Mnemonics in a mnutshell: 32 aids to psychiatric diagnosis (Links to an external site.)Current Psychiatry, 7(10), 27-33. http://mcmasterpa.weebly.com/uploads/1/2/7/3/12737575/0710cp_article2.pdf

Write a brief summary of how you will utilize these in practice. Are there any others you have used in your nursing career in the past that you still recall? What other tips are helpful to you in clinical practice to retain information?

Tip: Choose 1 to memorize and implement it into practice each week for the remainder of the term. Create a memory notecard with the mnemonic information on one side and the NAME on the other to help you recall them.

Example: DIGFAST; Distractibility, Indiscretions, Grandiosity, Flight of Ideas, Activity Increase, Sleep deficits, Talkative


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