SPEAKING SUB – TEST
ROLE PLAYER’S CARD
NURSING SETTING – Day Clinic – PATIENT
You are a 52 year- old who has recently returned to Australia after a year away. Whilst overseas, you were involved in a traffic accident and suffered a head injury. Today the doctor has diagnosed you with post- traumatic epilepsy. You have been advised to take medication to help prevent further attacks.
- Answer the nurse’s questions and explain that since your traffic accident you have had a history of recurrent blackouts. Prior to the attacks, you have headaches and afterwards, you feel lethargic and less alert than usual.
- Ask how long you will need to take medication and what the risks of the medication are. Ask about epilepsy and the implications of epilepsy on a travelling lifestyle.
- Be concerned about long term use of the suggested medication and be reluctant to accept what the nurse is telling you. You have heard that the medication can prevent travel in some countries that you wish to travel to in the future.
NURSING SETTING – Day Clinic – NURSE
This52 year-oldpatienthas recently returned to Australia after a year away. Whilst overseas, he/she was involved in a traffic accident and suffered a head injury. Today the doctor has diagnosed him/her with post-traumatic epilepsy and advised him/her to take medication to help prevent further attacks.The doctor toldthe patient
- Sympathetically ask the patient how she/ he has been feeling since the traffic accident.
- Answer the patient’s questions and reassure her/ him of the safety of the prescribed medication.
- Explain that because it is usual to continue medication until there have been no seizures for at least four years, it is possibly a lifelong course of medication.
- Explain that the headaches and blackouts can be effectively and safely controlled by the medication and enable a person to lead a normal lifestyle.
- Reassure the patientthat her/ histravel planswill not be affected bymedication.Offer them some literatureabout epilepsy and support servicesavailable