Movie Character: Stanley Ipkiss

Overview of Presentation

  • Functional assessment of the patient
  • Relevant additional observations
  • Nursing diagnosis based on the available information
  • List of interventions and resources

Background of Movie and Character

  • The Mask is a romantic comedy film.
  • The protagonist is Stanley Ipkiss, a bank employee.
  • The film revolves around a mysterious artifact.
  • The mask exaggerates Stanley’s features of character.

Functional Assessments

Health Perception/Health Management

  • Maintains healthy behavior (no smoking, no alcohol)
  • Occasional colds (no more than twice a year)
  • No workplace accidents (generally safe workplace environment)
  • General appearance suggests no apparent adverse conditions.


  • Regular food and fluid intake (mostly healthy food)
  • Excellent appetite, no discomfort during food intake
  • Teeth: satisfactory general appearance. Two dentures.
  • Weight: 156 pounds. Height: 6 ft. 2 in.

Pattern of Elimination

  • Bowel elimination pattern: regular, no discomfort, no control problems
  • Urinary elimination pattern: regular, no problems in control
  • No reported perspiration problems or excessive odor
  • Excreta examination: no consistency or color deviations

The pattern of Activity/Exercise

  • Exercise pattern: irregular visits to the gym
  • No reported energy inconsistency for routine activities
  • General appearance: excellent hygiene and energy level
  • Examination: muscle firmness and respirations within the acceptable limits

Conceptual/Perceptual Pattern

  • No hearing or vision problems, no glasses
  • No reports of inability to remember things
  • No reported difficulties in making important decisions
  • Examination: no apparent visual or auditory disorders

The pattern of Sleep and Rest

  • Regular and well-maintained sleep pattern
  • No medications required for aiding the onset of sleep
  • No early awakening. No nightmares or sleep disorders
  • Rest-relaxation periods within the designated limit

The pattern of Self Perception and Self Concept

  • Self-described as a physically and mentally healthy individual
  • No apparent external sources of anxiety or anger
  • Maintains a positive attitude despite constant mishaps
  • Examination: maintains eye contact, does not display nervousness

Role/Relationship Patterns

  • Lives alone do not maintain ties with family.
  • Constantly tries (unsuccessfully) to engage in the relationships.
  • He does not belong to social groups, has no real friends.
  • Has a sufficient income to support the needs of solitary life

Sexuality/Reproductive Patterns

  • No regular sexual relationship in the last decade
  • No observed changes in sexual activities since college
  • No reported problems associated with the use of contraceptives

The pattern of Coping and Stress Tolerance

  • No significant changes in life for the last decade
  • No reported emotional breakdowns, no use of medications
  • Relaxed most of the time, occasional thoughts of crisis
  • Difficulties are mostly handled through an upbeat attitude.

The pattern of Values and Beliefs

  • I am generally dissatisfied with progress and achievements in life.
  • No reliance on religious practices in approaching difficulties
  • No conflicts with beliefs on receiving care

Analysis of Health Assessment

Normal assessment findings

  • Excellent physical shape despite the absence of physical exercise
  • Robust nutritional habits and normal bodily functions
  • No substance abuse or need for additional medications
  • Above normal energy level; healthy sleep patterns.

Abnormal or risk-based findings

  • Lack of family ties and social interactions
  • Absence of close friends and regular sexual partner
  • General disillusionment in life, no satisfaction with the progress
  • No identified ties with family members

Additional Observations


  • It does not explicitly display significant cultural influences.
  • Profile generally consistent with the social environment
  • Displays little resistance to abusive behavior by peers
  • Does not recognize traditional cultural clues in interaction


  • Native to the location of Edge City
  • Profile consistent with characteristics of major American cities


  • Does not actively engage in religious practices
  • Prone to the religious background of other cultures
  • Readily accepts the existence of supernatural forces.
  • They are not hindered by the apparent danger of the artifact.


  • Consistent with an ethnic profile of Edge City
  • Open to the ethnic background of other cultures
  • Accepts ethnic diversity as a part of life
  • Unlikely to display difficulties in a diverse environment


  • Believes in the existence of incorporeal forces
  • Readily engages in interaction with them on a regular basis.
  • Uses the mask to achieve the desired outcomes
  • Does not display concerns with adverse effects

Nursing Considerations

Nursing Diagnosis

  • Loneliness and potential mood disorders associated with isolation
  • Occasional emotional breakdowns of moderate severity
  • Anxiety resulting from the inability to establish a family
  • Lack of proficiency in interaction with peers



  • Establish meaningful communication channels with patient
  • Foster trust, the feeling of security, and safety
  • Allocate time for regular sessions with the patient
  • Provide initial counseling, support, and encouragement (Low et al., 2014)


  • Seek ways of participation in social groups (Shankar, Hamer, McMunn, & Steptoe, 2013)
  • Establish and strengthen ties with peers
  • Promote the active social role and establish trust
  • Improve self-esteem and enable reflection practices


  • Promote personal insights and enable individual motivation (Allender, Rector, & Warner, 2013)
  • Increase independence and self-management skills
  • Encourage consistency in establishing and reaching goals.
  • Provide information on sources of encouragement



  • Training sessions and workshops providing personal improvement
  • Local groups providing support and counseling
  • Seminars promoting independence and individual sustainability


  • Access to the literature on self-development and success
  • Manuals are providing guidance on scheduling and benchmarking.
  • Online resources and interactive planning tools


  • Stanley displays no signs of a physical character.
  • Challenging emotional background mitigated by personal resilience
  • Suggested interventions aimed at assistance
  • Combined with displayed characteristics, quick recovery is expected.


Allender, J., Rector, C., & Warner, K. (2013). Community & public health nursing: Promoting the public’s health. Fresno, CA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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Low, L. F., Goodenough, B., Fletcher, J., Xu, K., Casey, A. N., Chenoweth, L.,… Brodaty, H. (2014). The effects of humor therapy on nursing home residents measured using observational methods: the SMILE cluster randomized trial. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 15(8), 564-569.

Shankar, A., Hamer, M., McMunn, A., & Steptoe, A. (2013). Social isolation and loneliness: relationships with cognitive function during 4 years of follow-up in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Psychosomatic Medicine, 75(2), 161-170.

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