Catalog 2018-2019 
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Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

NURS 135 Mental Health Nursing

3 credits
Introduces concepts relating to emotional, mental, and behavioral disturbances and disorders of clients. Emphasizes basic concepts including legal and ethical principles related to mental health and illness, and the role and responsibilities of the nurse in the chronic and acute mental health care setting.

Prerequisites: NURS 121 , NURS 122 .

Quarters Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Holistically care for self, patients, colleagues, and community within an ethical, legal, and diverse framework within the scope of practice of the RN
    • Recognize the components for an environment supporting a therapeutic and safe milieu for self, colleagues and the mental health consumer (QSEN: Patient Centered Care, Cafety)
    • Describe the historical, cultural, sociological, and political influences on contemporary mental health nursing
    • Describe the major psychological and nursing theoretical frameworks
    • Recognize key legal and ethical principles in caring for a consumer of mental health care
    • Recognize professional boundaries and risk factors for boundary crossing (QSEN: Patient Centered Pare, Safety)
    • Recognize beneficial self-care practices for maintenance of own emotional wellbeing
    • Identify the respective roles and responsibilities of the interdisciplinary team in the mental health setting (QSEN: Teamwork and Collaboration)
  • Demonstrate competency in educating and communicating with patients, families, interdisciplinary teams, and systems with a focus on quality health care promotion and functional patient centered outcomes
    • Identify the components of a therapeutic psychosocial nurse-client relationship in a structured environment  (QSEN: communication)
    • Discuss strategies for safe management of crisis situations that occur in various treatment settings incorporating principles of therapeutic communication and patient psychopathology (QSEN: Safety)
    • Identify critical patient teaching needs associated with the use of commonly prescribed psychotropic medications (GO: Communication, Critical Thinking)
    • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the RN in contributing to primary prevention strategies   
  • Implement the nursing care process to demonstrate safe, competent and evidence- based care within a variety of settings using appropriate tools and technologies
    • Recognize potential contributing factors in the development of mental health disorders
    • Identify standard assessment parameters and tools used in the diagnosis of acute and chronic psychiatric disturbances
    • Establish a care plan based on the priority needs of a mental health consumer
    • Describe therapeutic nursing interventions for working with individuals who are experiencing acute and chronic psychiatric disturbances
    • Recognize evidence based nursing care strategies that protect the rights and dignity of this vulnerable population (QSEN: Patient Centered Care) ( GO: Critical Thinking)
    • Discuss the issues and needs related to selected age-related populations, those with a dual diagnosis and those with special needs (QSEN: patient centered care) (GO: intercultural appreciation)
    • Recognize coping mechanisms both adaptive and maladaptive used by patients experiencing a severe and persistent psychiatric disorder
  • Utilize clinical reasoning skills to synthesize patient assessment data, scientific knowledge, and pharmacology to safely manage a rapidly changing health care status
    • Identify typical signs and symptoms characteristic of the following mental health disorders (Anxiety, Mood, Psychosis, Eating, Substance abuse, Personality and Cognitive)
    • Recognize potential signs of an impending behavioral crisis (GO critical thinking. QSEN Safety)
    • Recognize the indications and potential side effects associated with commonly used psychotropic medications (QSEN: Safety)
    • Prioritize care strategies for patients experiencing co-morbid health states (GO: Critical Thinking)
    • Recognize patient potential for violence including suicide and homicide (QSEN: Safety)
    • Critically analyze research literature to benefit an evidence based practice nursing approach (QSEN: Informatics, Evidence-based Practice) (GO: Information Literacy)
  • Provide leadership to effectively collaborate and delegate with patient, family, interdisciplinary, systems administration and the wider community
    • Demonstrate awareness of the available mental health community resources including but not limited to partial hospitalization programs, PACT program, rehabilitation settings, crisis clinic hotline and support groups (QSEN: Collaboration and Teamwork)
    • Describe levels of prevention under the public health model and the role of the RN at each level (QSEN: Patient Centered Care)
    • Recognize an evidence based practice care plan related to mental health promotion and illness prevention specific to the needs of diverse communities (QSEN: Evidence-Based Practice) (GO: Critical Thinking)
    • Describe the historical, cultural, sociological, and political influences on contemporary mental health nursing (including but not limited to societal stigma, and disparity of resources)
    • Describe the major psychological and nursing theoretical frameworks

Total Hours: 30 Lecture Hours: 30