Quote from MissGwen
I am not a nurse yet, but in January I begin nursing school. However, I do have a BS in Psychology and have worked as a tech at two psych facilities.
From what I have seen, it seems some nurses do not seem to fully understand the disorders. I had to educate the nurses periodically on what certain disorders were and why patients were exhibiting the behaviors,etc. they were. What I am basically saying is I feel as though understanding the illnesses in-depth is crucial to giving patients the best possible care.
I think that having your students read a book might prove more beneficial than watching a movie. Perhaps "The Bell Jar" (another movie you could add if you go the movie route), "The Quiet Room," etc. A lot of the movies you listed were based on books.
Another good idea might be to have them do an in-depth paper or presentation on the various classes of disorders. I actually think that would be a very good idea and it could be a group project as well. One group could be assigned the mood disorders, another one anxiety disorders, schiz/psychotic disorders, etc. Substance abuse and childhood disorders as well.
From what I have seen, a greater knowledge base of what the patients are dealing with is needed, but I could be wrong.
During my counseling graduate program when we were learning about disorders we did a project that was a combination of what the OP suggested and MissGwen suggested...it was very educational.
This is how we did it:
In groups of three or four we were each assigned one group of disorders (mood, personality, dissociative etc). We then had to do a presentation about what the disorder grouping is, statistics, definitions, list the disorders under that grouping (example: mood disorders include major depression, dysthymia, bipolar etc). Then we had to pick a specific disorder under that grouping to focus on in more detail. Say we were assigned mood disorders, well then our group could pick one of the mood disorders (say bipolar for example) to talk about in more detail such as treatment, medications, etc etc for that specific disorder...now I realize nursing is different than counseling so there may be other topics you may include to fit the needs of the nursing students.
We had to do a power point for the information part but that was really the only requirement..well aside from having to cover all of the information on the disorder. We pretty much had to be creative (creativity was one of the sections we were graded on so we couldnt just read straight from a power point) and teach the class about the disorder...and by teaching we were learning too.
Here are some examples of what some of the students did:
-In the power point some included a slide of person in history that had whatever disorder they were assigned and talked about how it impacted thier life (example: Van Gogh, major depression-included some pictures of his artwork etc)
-Included a clip or two from a movie that depicts an example of disorder and discussed the symptoms etc the character was exhibiting of that disorder ooor in what ways the movie clips misrepresent the disorder
-Some included clips from youtube of actual persons talking about their disorder
-Some put poetry written by person with mental illness
-Some did a breif skit
-Some handed out material on the disorder to the class to keep
-Some did a brief game, like jepordy, at the end on the information covered and gave a prize (like a peice of candy ha) to who won
-Some played a part of song that had lyrics relating to the disorder and then talked about how its portrayed in modern society
A lot of people even did a combination of the things above. Like a power point, a figure in history, and a movie clip.
The only thing our professor assigned was the disorder grouping, what topics she wanted us to cover, and we had to include at least 3 article or book references...and she wanted at least part of it on a power point. The rest was up to us to figure out which really helped us learn and understand the disorders better. The whole thing was supposed to be about 30 mintues long.
I think it helps to just give a few directions on what you want then let them figure out the rest...makes them think more. For example, if you are wanting them to use movie clips maybe dont give them a list and let them figure out a movie of their own..just my opinion from a students perspective.
Opps, that got kinda long didnt it, sorry :spin: