Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing –

nur330

(3 credits)

The focus of this course is the provision of nursing care to the client with alteration in mental health. Theory based practice will be used to apply critical thinking pathways to the individual with acute and chronic mental health problems. Emphases is placed on human behavior as it relates to function, alterations and disruption of normal mental health. Students are required to successfully complete 45 clinical hours to pass the course.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Fundamental Concepts in Mental Health Nursing

  • Describe how to apply the standards of nursing practice to mental health nursing.
  • Identify components of assessment unique to mental health nursing.
  • Demonstrate documentation skills in mental health nursing.

Therapeutic Communication

  • Differentiate effective and ineffective communication techniques.

Legal Aspects of Mental Health Nursing

  • Identify legal aspects of nursing practice unique to mental health nursing.

The Role of the Family in Mental Health Nursing

  • Explain how mental illness impacts the family as a system.
  • Differentiate between a normal grieving process and a pathological grieving process.

Mental Health Diagnoses in Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence

  • Analyze the common signs and symptoms that are associated with mental illness diagnoses in infancy, childhood, and adolescence.
  • Determine appropriate interventions for common mental illness diagnoses in infancy, childhood, and adolescence.

Suicide

  • Analyze the signs and symptoms that indicate suicidal ideation.
  • Determine appropriate interventions for clients experiencing suicidal ideation.

Nursing Management of Patients with Schizophrenic Disorders

  • Recognize the common signs and symptoms that are associated with a schizophrenic diagnosis.
  • Distinguish symptoms of a schizophrenic diagnosis that require nursing intervention.
  • Determine the effectiveness of pharmacotherapeutic treatment on target symptoms of a schizophrenic diagnosis.
  • Explain treatment modalities and medical interventions for patients with a schizophrenic diagnosis.
  • Differentiate between antipsychotic medication side effects that require nursing intervention and medical intervention.

Nursing Management of Patients with Substance Abuse

  • Describe the relationship between the biological system and mental functioning.
  • Recognize the common signs and symptoms that are associated with substance abuse.
  • Distinguish symptoms of a substance abuse diagnosis that require nursing intervention.
  • Determine the effectiveness of pharmacotherapeutic treatment on target symptoms of substance abuse.
  • Explain treatment modalities and medical interventions for patients with a substance abuse diagnosis.
  • Differentiate between side effects that require nursing intervention and medical intervention with medications used to treat substance abuse.

Nursing Management of Patients with Anxiety and Personality Disorders

  • Describe the relationship between the biological system and mental functioning.
  • Recognize the common signs and symptoms that are associated with anxiety and personality disorders.
  • Distinguish symptoms of an anxiety and personality disorder diagnosis that require nursing intervention.
  • Determine the effectiveness of pharmacotherapeutic treatment on target symptoms of anxiety and personality disorders.
  • Explain treatment modalities and medical interventions for patients with anxiety and personality disorders.
  • Differentiate between side effects that require nursing intervention and medical intervention with medications used to treat anxiety and personality disorders.

Nursing Management of Patients with Eating Disorders

  • Describe the relationship between the biological system and mental functioning.
  • Recognize the common signs and symptoms that are associated with eating disorders.
  • Distinguish symptoms of an eating disorder diagnosis that require nursing intervention.
  • Determine the effectiveness of pharmacotherapeutic treatment on target symptoms of eating disorders.
  • Explain treatment modalities and medical interventions for patients with eating disorders.
  • Differentiate between side effects that require nursing intervention and medical intervention with medications used to treat eating disorders.

Nursing Management of Patients with Cognitive and Mood Disorders

  • Describe the relationship between the biological system and mental functioning.
  • Recognize the common signs and symptoms that are associated with cognitive and mood disorder diagnoses.
  • Distinguish symptoms of a cognitive and mood disorder diagnosis that require nursing intervention.
  • Determine the effectiveness of pharmacotherapeutic treatment on target symptoms of cognitive and mood disorders.
  • Explain treatment modalities and medical interventions for patients with cognitive and mood disorders.
  • Differentiate between side effects that require nursing intervention and medical intervention with medications used to treat cognitive and mood disorders.

Special Issues in Mental Health Nursing

  • Identify patients at risk for sexual, domestic, and community violence.

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