Dec 09, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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NU 4600 - Nursing Care of Clients with Mental Health Challenges

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course focuses on the application of the nursing process with individuals and families experiencing mental health challenges. Students explore therapeutic use of self. Emphasis is placed on application of therapeutic communication techniques, psychiatric assessment skills, and the nursing process. The impact of the therapeutic environment upon the treatment of specific psychiatric populations across the lifespan are discussed. Students explore legal and ethical issues, mental health research, and current trends in mental health. (prereq: NU 3400 , NU 3600 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Employ a case study approach to construct multidisciplinary treatment plans and apply the nursing process to care for clients experiencing mental health challenges (Level 4, Nursing Care) 
  • Integrate pharmacological principles and clinical standards into the nursing care of clients experiencing mental health challenges (Level 4, Nursing Care)
  • Incorporate principles of health promotion and health maintenance when using alternative therapies to provide nursing care for clients with mental health challenges (Level 4, Nursing Care)
  • Integrate self-reflective journaling to increase self-awareness and explore the therapeutic self when applying the nursing process to clients experiencing diverse mental health care challenges (Level 4, Critical Thinking)
  • Demonstrate a pattern of personal responsibility, professionalism, and accountability for life-long learning (Level 4, Professional Role)
  • Deliberate legal and ethical issues while exploring stigma reduction and advocacy for clients experiencing mental health challenges (Level 4, Professional Role)
  • Retrieve, synthesize, and discuss the evidence from best practices for providing nursing care to clients experiencing mental health challenges (Level 4, Evidence-based Practice)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • The nursing process in psychiatric and mental health nursing              
  • Personality theory- review
  • Recovery theory and application
  • Stress and coping 
  • Anxiety disorders: generalized anxiety disorders, panic disorder 
  • Therapeutic relationship, communication and group therapy
  • Ethical and legal aspects of mental health nursing
  • Psychobiology and psychopharmacology   
  • Schizophrenia -thought disorder
  • Mood disorders: depression and bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders: borderline personality disorder
  • Substance abuse: detoxification 
  • Military families
  • Eating disorder
  • Child and adolescence
  • Victims of abuse, neglect, rape

Catherine Leffler

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