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Administrative Unit: Nursing Department
Course Prefix and Number: NURS 211
Course Title: Mental Health Nursing
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This nursing course is designed to provide the foundation for entry level competence in mental health nursing across the lifespan. Interpersonal, behavioral, psychosocial and communication concepts provide the basis for effective and therapeutic mental health nursing. Critical thinking skills and evidence based practice concepts are applied and analyzed. Emphasis is placed on selected pathophysiology and related care using the nursing process. Therapeutic communication skills within the nurse-patient-family relationship are highlighted in the care of patients with psychosocial, substance dependence and other mental health deviations. Other topics integrated throughout the course are legal-ethical issues, patient education, pharmacological and sociocultural principles. Alternative therapies and treatments are investigated and discussed, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse, including collaboration with other disciplines and organizations as resources and support mechanisms. Lab fees may apply.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Admission to either the Associate or Bachelor Level Nursing program; NURS 210 (ASN) or NURS 208 (BSN).

Course Rotation for Day Program:

For the ASN and BSN course rotations, see the Day course schedule.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
By Fortinash, K & Holoday-Worret, P. (St. Louis, MO:Elsevier)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the collection of biopsychosocial data with emphasis on Mental Health.
  2. Describe cultural sensitivity related to patient care interactions with an emphasis on Mental Health.
  3. Discuss the nursing process in planning for mental health nursing care. 
  4. Interpret the nursing process through the use of a mental health care plan.
  5. Discuss teaching and learning to improve patient outcomes with an emphasis on Mental Health.
  6. Illustrate professional behaviors valued by nursing with an emphasis on Mental Health in clinical practice.
  7. Choose evidenced-based nursing knowledge to guide practice with an emphasis on Mental Health.
  8. Interpret the nursing process in a responsible, accountable and ethical manner with an emphasis on Mental Health.
  9. Describe nursing collaboration within the multidisciplinary health care team for mental health.
  10. Identify principles of therapeutic communication within the nurse-patient relationship with an emphasis on Mental Health.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Describe mental health deviations, including signs and symptoms, characteristics and appropriate treatment modalities.
  • Describe and demonstrate a psychosocial/mental health assessment.
  • Analyze and apply case scenario assessment data to integrate patient-specific needs into a nursing care plan.
  • Compose nursing care plans for various mental health deviations integrating evidence-based practice, legal-ethical issues, patient education, socio-cultural concerns, pharmacology, therapeutic communication, community resources and collaboration with other disciplines.
  • Describe teaching strategies that incorporate growth and development, cultural sensitivity and cognitive ability of the mental health patient and caregivers as appropriate.
  • Describe community resources and support services available for mental health issues, as well as analyze their efficacy.
  • Employ therapeutic communication techniques with mental health patients and caregivers as appropriate.
  • Describe the impact of culture on patient care in the mental health setting.
  • Explain the significance of safety in the mental health and substance abuse treatment settings.
  • Employ legal and ethical standards of nursing practice in decision-making in mental health case studies and scenarios.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of nursing interventions by assessing patient progress toward mental health goal attainment.
  • Utilize professional communication skills with faculty.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 40

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Tina Dalrymple Date: November 27, 2017
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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