Assessment Item 2 – Recovery Mini-Journey
Length: 1500 words
This assessment item involves 2 linked but separate tasks.
Objectives and Outcomes
A common frustration of mental health nurses is the perception that consumers are not engaging with their own Recovery. When little changes in someone’s life, despite supports and services, it can become more difficult to empathise with them. However any change, even positive change is often more complicated than it might seem from the outside, particularly when you’re a mental health consumer.
The goal of this assessment is to give you a personal understanding of some of the challenges in identifying an area you wish to change and realising that change (Recovery). You will enlist supporters and use your personal experience of the Recovery mini-journey and being supported to understand the importance of consumer perspective in the Recovery approach, consider the effectiveness of Recovery in promoting wellness and develop increased empathy and a better understanding of what it feels like to be a mental health service user. Ultimately increasing your ability to use the Recovery approach effectively to assist health consumers.
The Task – Part 1.
Supporters: Enlist two supporters to assist you as you decide what area of your life to focus on and to help you stay on track. Your supporters can be people in your life outside of Uni or other students. If you would like the challenge of supporting or being supported by a fellow student (which will add to your assessment) put a thread on the assessment forum asking for supporters.
Identify issue for change: Next, you will identify an area in your life where you would like to make positive change. Some people choose to work on substantial issues like anxiety, or depression while others choose issues like weight-loss, quitting smoking or cutting down on alcohol. The important thing is that you identify something that would be meaningful to you but that you wouldn’t usually find time for. Choose something you are comfortable to address and will enrich your life.
Format of Plan: Be creative in the development and style of your plan. Power point, word documents and PDF files are commonly used and examples of past student’s work can be found in ‘Assessment tips and Examples’.
Journal: Keep a detailed journal to refer to while writing Part 2 of the task. There is no requirement that anyone else reads your journal entries.
Checklist – Part 1.
•Aim to record in your journal at least 15-20 minutes per week.
•Create a personal Recovery plan in collaboration with your supporters
The Task – Part 2.
In a separate document you will write an essay in the first-person using your own Recovery experience as the core focus, frequently and consistently referring to your perceptions of the consumer experience using; relevant literature and your own insight to support your views. Examples of past work are provided in Assessment tips and examples, it is highly recommended that you have a look at this section before you begin work on this assessment item.
Checklist – Part 2.
•Write in a first person academic style. If you’re not sure how, go to Assessment tips and examples for more information.
•Use your experience as the core information and consistently refer out to relevant literature and your own insight.
•Identify and discuss factors that impacted on your ability to be successful – both internal (your own motivation) and external factors (things beyond your control).
•Describe your collaboration with your supporters. Discuss aspects of their support that were and weren’t helpful to you and how you negotiated to get the support you needed. Compare your supporters and what it was they did differently that was more/less helpful to you.
•Compare and contrast your Recovery journey to that of a mental health consumer, using relevant literature and your own insight. Consider potential differences in your own social status and life situation (to that of a consumer). Consistently support your journey using your own insight and references to relevant literature.
•Discuss the importance of consumers as drivers of their own Recovery by considering your own experience and in relevant literature.
•Explain how your understanding of the Recovery approach will enable you to provide evidenced based nursing care for consumers.
Submission will involve two uploads:
•On or before the due date, upload your Recovery plan to Turn-it-in as a separate document – do not include the Recovery plan within your assignment, it must be uploaded as a separate file.
•It doesn’t matter if your Recovery plan is a PDF or PPT file and can’t be read by Turn-it-in, only the essay component of the assessment needs to be read by Turn-it-in.
•After you’ve uploaded the Recovery plan, upload your written essay.
•Do Not finalise your submission until after both documents are uploaded. You will not be able to upload the second document if you have already finalised your submission.
Remember to include a cover page with; your name and student number, your lecturer’s name, the name and code of the course and the number and name of the assignment.
All assessment items must be submitted and the total combined percentage of grading for both assessments must be equal to a pass (50%)
(Done Paper) A common frustration of mental health nurses is the perception that consumers are not engaging with their own Recovery.
Assessment Item 2 – Recovery Mini-Journey
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