Posted: February 20th, 2023
Throughout your career, you will often be asked to consult on patients and provide various letters. Some examples include a primary care provider who may ask you to see their patient who they feel is too young or too complex for them to manage. When they have referred this patient to you, it is a professional courtesy to write a letter thanking them for the referral, explaining your diagnosis and treatment plans (remember has to be a psychiatric diagnosis). Patients may ask you to write letters to the school or to their employer to excuse an absence or for school/ work accommodations. These are appropriate requests; however, you need to be aware that you must not violate HIPPA laws when writing these letters.
For your signature assignment, choose a patient that you have seen during your clinicals to write a professional letter. The letter can either be:
· a consultation letter that you would send back to a primary care provider who referred a patient to you to update them on the status of the patient or
· a school/ work for recommendations for a patient who needs special accommodations, FMLA, IEP, or 504.
Review the rubric for more information on how your assignment will be graded. Please follow rubric
|NURS 687L Signature Assignment Rubric
|This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Identifies nature of letter
|This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Confirms authorization for release of information
|This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Impression
|This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Treatment Plan
|This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Organization/ Professionalism
|Total Points: 240
Dear Primary Care Provider,
I am writing to thank you for referring your patient, Ms. A, to me for a psychiatric evaluation. I had the opportunity to meet with her on several occasions and would like to provide you with an update on her status.
Upon evaluation, Ms. A presented with symptoms consistent with a major depressive disorder. She reported a lack of interest in daily activities, feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, and sleep disturbances. Additionally, she expressed anxiety symptoms such as worry, restlessness, and trouble concentrating. After conducting a comprehensive evaluation, I confirmed the diagnosis of major depressive disorder and recommended a treatment plan that includes psychotherapy and antidepressant medication.
Ms. A has been compliant with her treatment and has shown a significant improvement in her symptoms. She has reported feeling more motivated, enjoying daily activities, and experiencing improved sleep patterns. She continues to engage in weekly psychotherapy sessions, and her medication has been adjusted to her response to treatment.
In conclusion, I would like to thank you for entrusting me with the care of your patient, Ms. A. I will continue to keep you updated on her progress and welcome any further inquiries you may have.
[Your Name and Credentials]
I am writing on behalf of my patient, Mr. B, regarding his need for special accommodations in the workplace/school setting. Mr. B has been under my care for the past several months and has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This condition has caused him significant difficulty in managing his daily responsibilities.
Mr. B has reported experiencing difficulty with time management, organization, and focus, which has resulted in missed deadlines and poor academic/work performance. To address these concerns, I have recommended several accommodations that I believe will assist him in achieving success in his academic/work environment.
These accommodations include extended time for testing/assignments, preferential seating, access to a quiet study area, and frequent check-ins with his supervisor/teacher. Additionally, I have recommended that he receive additional support in the form of a tutor or mentor to assist him
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