NURS 6670 PMH Nurse Practitioner Role II: Adult and Older Adult week 1 discussion Interview Format

Discussion: Interview Format
Despite what you may believe (or may have been told), there is no such thing as one “right” way to do an interview. In fact, there are numerous books written about the various ways of conducting the clinical interview. In actual clinical practice, you will find the format that “works” best for you and addresses your unique strengths and the needs of the client.

In this Discussion, you will practice finding the interview format that works for you and share those ideas with your colleagues for feedback.

Learning Objectives
Students will:
Develop formats for initial interviews of mental health clients
Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the “Post to Discussion Question” link and then select “Create Thread” to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts and cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking Submit!

To prepare for this Discussion:

Review the Learning Resources.
Develop an interview format you would use for an initial interview of a client.
By Day 3

Attach the interview format document you would use for an initial interview of a client.
Describe what interview format your preceptor uses for the initial interview of a client.
Describe which element of your interview format is most helpful in your practice.
Learning Resources
Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings
American Nurses Association. (2014). Psychiatric-mental health nursing: Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Standard 5C “Consultation” (page 57)
Note: Throughout the program you will be reading excerpts from the ANA’s Scope & Standards of Practice for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. It is essential to your success on the ANCC board certification exam for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners that you know the scope of practice of the advanced practice psychiatric/mental health nurse. You should also be able to differentiate between the generalist RN role in psychiatric/mental health nursing and the advanced practice nurse role.

Sadock, B. J., Sadock, V. A., & Ruiz, P. (2014). Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry: Behavioral sciences/clinical psychiatry (11th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

Section 5.1, “Psychiatric Interview, Mental Status Examination” (pp. 192–211)
Section 5.2, “The Psychiatric Report and Medical Record” (pp. 211–217)
Section 5.3, “Psychiatric Rating Scales” (pp. 217–236)
Section 5.5, “Personality Assessment: Adults and Children” (pp. 246–257)
Section 5.7, “Medical Assessment and Laboratory Testing in Psychiatry” (pp. 266–275)
Chapter 6, “Classification in Psychiatry” (pp. 290–308)
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

“Cautionary Statement for Forensic Use of DSM-5”
“Assessment Measures”
“Cultural Formulation”
“Glossary of Technical Terms”
“Glossary of Cultural Concepts of Distress”
Note: You will access this book from the Walden Library databases.

Barton Associates. (2017). Nurse practitioner scope of practice laws. Retrieved from

American Psychiatric Association. (2016). Practice guidelines for the psychiatric evaluation of adults. Retrieved from

Document: Practicum Journal Template (Word document)

Required Media
Laureate Education (Producer). (2017b). Working with Adults and Older Adults” [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece 3 minutes.

Accessible player
Hagen, B. (Producer). (n.d.-a). Conducting a mental status exam [Video file]. Mill Valley, CA:

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 25 minutes. You will access this video through the Walden Library databases.

Optional Resources
American Psychological Association. (2008). Assessment of older adults with diminished capacity. Retrieved from

Rosen, S. L., & Reuben, D. B. (2011). Geriatric assessment tools. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, 78(4), 489–497. doi:10.1002/msj.20277

Note: You will access this article through the Walden Library databases.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (2015). TIP 59: Improving cultural competence. Retrieved from

Note: This document is available as a free download.


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