NUR 134 Essentials of Mental Health Nursing


Campus Location:
Georgetown, Dover
Effective Date:
2019-51
Prerequisite:
NUR 131 or concurrent, PSY 127 or concurrent, SSC 100 or concurrent
Co-Requisites:

none

Course Credits and Hours:
2.00 credits
1.00 lecture hours/week
3.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course explores the role of the entry-level practical nurse as a provider of care and member within the discipline of nursing in the mental health setting by introducing theoretical knowledge needed for beginning clinical practice. The use of the nursing process promotes critical thinking in the care of clients with alterations in mental health.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:

None

Schedule Type:
Classroom Course
Disclaimer:

None

Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Apply the nursing process with theoretical knowledge in the provision of nursing care for clients in mental health settings. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1)
  2. Practice principles of effective communication to identify client needs based on concepts of promotion, maintenance, and restoration of mental health. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4; PGC 2)
  3. Demonstrate caring behaviors while recognizing the uniqueness of the client when providing care in mental health settings. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4; PGC 3)
  4. Apply characteristics that demonstrate the role of the nurse as an integral part of the collaborative efforts of the multidisciplinary healthcare team in mental health settings. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4; PGC 4)
  5. Discuss the professional, ethical, and legal standards of nursing practice in mental health settings. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 5)

 

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Apply the nursing process with theoretical knowledge in the provision of nursing care for clients in mental health settings.
    1.  Describe therapeutic and non-therapeutic communication strategies.
    2. Discuss nutritional and pharmacological needs for clients with various psychological disorders in mental health settings.
    3. Demonstrate comprehension of diagnoses, treatment, and nursing care of clients with alterations in mental health.
    4. Use physical and behavioral assessment techniques and health data to evaluate the client on an ongoing basis.
    5. Use the nursing care plan to meet the needs of clients in mental health settings.
  2. Practice principles of effective communication to identify client needs based on concepts of promotion, maintenance, and restoration of mental health. 
    1. Demonstrate therapeutic communication techniques while interacting with clients.
    2. Identify knowledge deficits of clients and families in mental health settings.
    3. Apply client and family teaching/learning into the nursing plan of care.
    4.  Support clients and families in identifying available mental health resources.
  3. Demonstrate caring behaviors while recognizing the uniqueness of the client when providing care in mental health settings. 
    1. Discuss societal attitude toward mental illness.
    2. Describe the nurse’s role in health promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health for diverse clients in mental health settings.
    3. Demonstrate therapeutic relationships with clients and families incorporating diversity into the plan of care.
    4. Recognize the impact of mental illness on clients and families.
  4. Apply characteristics that demonstrate the role of the nurse as an integral part of the collaborative efforts of the multidisciplinary healthcare team in mental health settings. 
    1. Discuss the role of the nurse in conjunction with other members of the multi-disciplinary care team as caregiver, teacher, collaborator, advocate, and manager in affecting positive outcomes for clients and families in mental health settings.
    2. Demonstrate collaboration when working with physicians, staff nurses, and fellow students in mental health settings.
    3. Choose a plan that involve clients and families in decision-making.
  5. Discuss the professional, ethical, and legal standards of nursing practice in mental health settings. 
    1. Discuss the importance of confidentiality in mental health settings.
    2. Exhibit principles of advocacy while caring for clients in mental health settings.
    3.  Produce accurate documentation using appropriate medical terminology.
    4. Exhibit professionalism and accountability.
    5.  Relate the nursing code of ethics while practicing nursing.
    6. Use constructive criticism to improve clinical performance.
    7. Practice within the scope of beginning nursing practice in mental health settings.

 

Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

92 100 = A
83 91 = B
75 82 = C
0 74 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

3 Exams (Summative)

30%

Final Exam (Summative)

60%

Project or Quizzes (Formative)

5%

Non-Proctored ATI (Summative)

5%

Lab/Clinical (Formative/Summative)

Pass/Fail

TOTAL

100%

Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):
  1. Apply sound nursing judgement by incorporating theoretical knowledge and clinical reasoning skills to provide clinically competent nursing care.
  2. Practice appropriate communication techniques while functioning as a member of the health care team.
  3. Model caring behaviors while recognizing the uniqueness of the individual.
  4. Provide nursing care that incorporates the principles of leadership and advocacy.
  5. Use professional, ethical, and legal standards of nursing practice.

 

Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.