Voluntary and Involuntary Commitment
In this Assignment, you investigate your states laws concerning voluntary and involuntary commitment. You also analyze a case to determine if the client is eligible for involuntary commitment.You are a PMHNP working in a large intercity hospital. You receive a call from the answering service informing you that a stat consult has been ordered by one of the hospitalists in the ICU. Upon arriving in the ICU, you learn that your consult is a 14 year old male who overdosed on approximately 50 Benadryl (diphenhydramine hydrochloride) tablets in an apparent suicide attempt. At the scene, a suicide note was found indicating that he wanted to die because his girlfriends parents felt that their daughter was too young to be dating. The client stated in the suicide note that he could not live without her and decided to take his own life. Although he has been medically stabilized and admitted to the ICU, he has been refusing to talk with the doctors or nurses. The hospital staff was finally able to get in touch with the clients parents (using contact information retrieved from the 14 year olds cell phone). Unbeknown to the hospital staff, the parents are divorced, and both showed up at the hospital at approximately the same time, each offering their own perspectives on what ought to be done. The clients father is demanding that the client be hospitalized because of the suicide, but his mother points out that he does not have physical custody of the child. The clients mother demands that the client be discharged to home with her stating that her sons actions were nothing more than a stunt and an attempt at manipulating the situation that he didnt like. The clients mother then becomes nasty and informs you that she works as a member of the clerical staff for the state board of nursing, and if you fail to discharge her child right now she will make you sorry. How would you proceed?