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NURS 2924

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Psychiatric - Mental Health Nursing
Prerequisite(s) Biol 1913, Biol 1913 L, NURS 1921, NURS 1930 (for LPNs NURS 1926), each with a "C" or better.
Corequisite(s) NURS 2924 and NURS 2927
Catalog Description
This course expands the student’s ability to apply the nursing process in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of mental health for clients from diverse populations.  The role of the nurse is expanded to include collaboration with clients, families, the interdisciplinary team and community agencies as it relates to the mental health client.  Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of knowledge related to alterations in mental health and pharmacological principles. Principles of critical thinking are applied to the client with psychological distress and mental illness.  Psychosocial concepts introduced during the prior nursing courses are expanded.  This course includes class, clinical practice, seminar and on-line experiences.  This course is offered in the third semester of the nursing program.

Expected Educational Results
To successfully complete this course the student must:

Professionalism/Professional Nurse
1. Function in the role of the nurse as a provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing in the mental health care setting.

Effective Nursing Care
1. Recognize factors that contribute to the health/illness of populations at risk for mental illness.

2. Apply the principles of health promotion and client education to clients with alterations in mental health.

3. Cultivate caring relationships through therapeutic communication with clients who have alterations in mental health.

4. Apply previously learned and new nursing skills including: expanded mental status assessment, therapeutic communication skills, therapeutic use of self, and group dynamics.

5. Apply the nursing process related to mental health promotion/disease prevention, maintenance, and restoration utilizing a holistic perspective.

6. Adapt nursing care to the cultural background of the client with alterations in mental health.

7. Incorporate the concepts of the mental health/illness continuum, holistic being and developmental stages into the plan of care for the client with alterations in mental health.

8. Utilize pharmacological principles in the delivery of care with the focus on the  client with a mental illness.

9. Relate principles of nutrition and diet therapy to the client with a mental illness.

10. Apply critical thinking skills to the care of the client in the mental health care setting.

Management of Care
1. Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members in the planning and provisions of client care for the mentally ill client.

2. Prioritize the care of more than one client in the mental health care setting.

3. Apply advanced technology to access and manage information for the delivery of nursing care in the mental health care setting.

1. Apply legal/ethical principles of nursing practice and mental health services.

2.   Demonstrate knowledge of the scope of practice for nursing care of clients in  
the mental health care setting.

Course Content (list of lectures topics and content)
Mood Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Personality Disorders
Mental Health Issues in the Child and Adolescent   

Legal Ethical
Role of the Nurse in Mental Health
Crisis Intervention/ Rape
Cultural Mental Health Issues
( BaFaBaFa experiential exercise)

Substance Abuse/Rehabilitation & Recovery
(includes 12 Step meeting)
Therapeutic Communication
Team building
Psychotropic Meds and                                                        
Alternative/Complimentary meds and treatments
Group Dynamics
Case Study Simulations

General Education Outcomes
None Specified

Course Content
Assessment and intervention skills
Communication skills
Human caring and relationship skills
Addiction recovery and rehabilitation
Critical thinking skills
Knowledge integration and management of care
Psychotic Disorders
Mood Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Personality Disorders
Mental Health Issues in the Child and Adolescen   
And a laboratory simulation experience incorporating essential mental health concepts

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
1. Course Grade
· Students must meet all the course and clinical objectives and requirements of Nurs 2924 to pass the course.
· A final grade of  “C”  (75 %) or above in unit and comprehensive exams, satisfactory performance on standardized achievement tests, and satisfactory clinical and laboratory evaluations are required to pass Nurs 2924.
· An unsatisfactory clinical or laboratory evaluation for Nurs 2924 results in course failure with a grade of “D”.

2. Departmental Assessment
· This course will be assessed at the end of each semester that it is offered and as needed throughout the year.  Students will complete course, facility, and instructor evaluations and results will be considered in course revisions.  All learning activities will be evaluated to assess their adequacy in helping students to meet course objectives.  Faculty generated exam questions will be analyzed by course faculty using item analysis and modified as needed.  Results of standardized tests will be evaluated.   Recommendations for changes will be proposed to the Program Council (Nursing Curriculum Committee).  Proposed recommendations will be implemented the time the course is offered.

Last Revised: Aug. 10, 2011
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