Personality Disorders in the Media

Submitter Information

Author: Erin Kelley, DNP, RN, CCRN
Title: Lecturer
Institution: Northern Kentucky University

Competency Category(s)
Evidence-Based Practice, Patient-Centered Care, Safety, Teamwork and Collaboration

Learner Level(s)
New Graduates/Transition to Practice, Pre-Licensure ADN/Diploma, Pre-Licensure BSN

Learner Setting(s)

Strategy Type
General Strategy

Learning Objectives

Integrate understanding of multiple dimensions of patient-centered care: coordination and integration of care
Recognize contributions of other individuals and groups in helping patient/family achieve health goals
Demonstrate knowledge of basic scientific methods and processes
Describe factors that create a culture of safety (such as, open communication strategies and organizational error reporting systems)

Provide patient-centered care with sensitivity and respect for the diversity of human experience
Integrate the contributions of others who play a role in helping patient/family achieve health goals
Base individualized care plan on patient values, clinical expertise, and evidence
Demonstrate effective use of strategies to reduce risk of harm to self or others

Value seeing health care situations “through patients’ eyes”
Respect the unique attributes that members bring to a team, including variations in professional orientations and accountabilities
Appreciate strengths and weaknesses of scientific bases for practice
Appreciate the cognitive and physical limits of human performance.

Strategy Overview

This project encourages students to apply psychiatric concepts to a fictional character from a media source. The student selects any fictional character (could be from a TV show, movie, book, etc.) that displays manifestations of a personality disorder. After identifying the personality disorder (and corresponding cluster), the student develops a comprehensive plan of care for that character. The student also analyzes the effect that personality-disorder-related behaviors have on relationships and social functioning. The plan should also incorporate interdisciplinary team members and identify potential safety risks. Finally, the information that was developed is presented in a creative way.

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Evaluation Description

Students will be evaluated based on the appropriateness of their chosen interventions, the incorporation of interdisciplinary team members, presentation skills, and the ability to maintain safety through the chosen interventions. A rubric is provided for the activity.

Students often enjoy this activity because it allows them to apply nursing knowledge to their modern lives. Additionally, students enjoy the opportunity to share creatively with their peers. They often include skits, artwork, and video clips in their presentations.