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Sample Role Play 1

Role-player Card No.1

Setting: Hospital Ward

Carer:

You are a parent of a 14 year old boy. Your son had a convulsive seizure (epileptic fit) earlier in the day at play ground and was brought to the hospital by school ambulance. A nurse has just come to tell you that your son is about to be discharged from the hospital and you decide to ask him.her for information about what to do were your son to have another convulsive seizure.

Task:

  • Ask what epilepsy is and what causes epilepsy.
  • Explain your concern that your daughter may have other convulsive seizure, and that you need to know what your should, or should not do.
  • Ask when you should call an ambulance.
  • Ask what other support might be available.

Candidate Card No.1

Setting: Hospital Ward

Nurse:

The parent of a 14 year old boy asks for your co-operation in answering questions about a convulsive seizure (epilepsy) and what to do if his/her son had another seizure following his discharge from the hospital sometime later today. Listen carefully to the parent’s questions. Do your best to answer the questions. Stress the need to stay calm, and not become over-anxious.

Task:

  • Briefly explain epilepsy (disruption of electrochemical brain activity) and general symptoms (e.g., muscle jerking, sometimes post-seizure tiredness or incontinence, etc.).
  • Explain what the parent should do it the son has another convulsive seizure at home (e.g., lie on side, remove harmful objects, no object near mouth, check breathing, etc.).
  • Explain when to call an ambulance.
  • Explain that there is an Epilepsy Foundation which could, on request, give the parent more information about epilepsy, its details will be in the local telephone book or on the internet.

 

Sample Role Play 2

Role-player Card No.2

Setting: Home Visit

Patient:

You are a 89 year old client, who has lived alone fairly independently for many years in a unit on your son’s property. Your son’s family are going overseas for two weeks and you are going to a lovely near by home. You are having an assessment by a community nurse.

Task:

  • State that you are happy to go into care so your family can have a pleasant and worry-free trip.
  • Emphasise your independence but you are worried about lack of privacy/rigid time tables.
  • Agree to give an overview of your daily routine – sleep in, late breakfast, shower whilst son in your unit (Minimal Assistance). Relatives take you out often and you attend a senior citizens’ club.
  • State that you only take occasional anti-inflammatory or analgesic medication for ‘old0age’ aches/pains.
  • Ask the nurse to tell your son you are content with the agreement so they can have the break they deserve.

Candidate Card No.2

Setting: Home Visit

Nurse:

You are visiting a 89 year old client, who has lived fairly independently for many years in a separate unit on a family property. The family are going overseas for two weeks and your client is going to a retirement home to avoid being isolated on a large property. You are conducting an aged care assessment.

Task:

  • Compliment the elderly client on the positive and unselfish attitude.
  • Reassure the client of privacy.flexible house rules.
  • Explain the home’s philosophy – making clients feel at home, respecting wishes, unrestricted visiting hours to meet quality of life desires, etc.
  • Ask about his/her daily routine ( e.g., sleep habits, meals, etc.).
  • Highlight the fact that you are noting his/her usual daily routine in your care plan.
  • Ask about his/her medication regime.
  • Summarise your discussion and assure the client that you will pass on his/her contentment with the arrangements to his/her son.
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