NUR 181 Mental Health Concepts


Campus Location:
Georgetown, Dover, Stanton
Effective Date:
2019-51
Prerequisite:
BIO 121, NUR 170, SSC 100 or concurrent
Co-Requisites:

none

Course Credits and Hours:
4.00 credits
2.00 lecture hours/week
6.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This mental health nursing course is designed to further develop the nurse’s role as an entry-level healthcare provider. New concepts are introduced relative to mental health.  Clinical experiences emphasize the safe, caring, competent performance of nursing practice, communication, and professionalism within a variety of mental health settings.

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
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Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Use theoretical knowledge to address the needs of patients with alterations in mental health. (CCC 1, 2 5; PGC 1)
  2. Employ clinical reasoning skills through the use of the nursing process when providing care for patients with mental health disorders. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1)
  3. Distinguish safe nursing care using evidenced-based practice. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1)
  4. Interpret individual life experiences that impact the care of patients with mental health needs. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4; PGC 2)
  5. Examine the impact of therapeutic, respectful, and nonjudgmental communication techniques among members of the healthcare team in the promotion of healthy outcomes. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4; PGC 3)
  6. Apply effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques to promote optimal outcomes in the care of patients with mental health disorders. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 3)
  7. Apply time management and organizational strategies to provide safe and appropriate care for patients with mental health disorders. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 4)
  8. Display characteristics of civic professionalism when caring for patients with mental health disorders.  (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 5)
  9. Employ ethical and legal standards into nursing practice. (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. Use theoretical knowledge to address the needs of patients with alterations in mental health.
    1. Distinguish nursing care based on theoretical knowledge to respond to the diverse needs of the patient.
    2. Use theoretical knowledge related to psychiatric disorders to develop an individualized plan of care.
    3. Prepare a plan of care that incorporates a patient’s behavioral and safety needs.
    4. Discuss pharmacological interventions used in the treatment of patients with mental health disorders.
  2. Employ clinical reasoning skills through the use of the nursing process when providing care for patients with mental health disorders.
    1. Identify nursing actions that address the priority issues of the patient with a mental health disorder.
    2. Adopt a spirit of inquiry that contributes to the development of clinical reasoning skills.
    3. Interpret patient assessments to guide safe, individualized care.
  3. Distinguish safe nursing care using evidenced-based practice.
    1. Follow ethical and legal standards in the practice of mental health nursing.
    2. Select appropriate information technology to support safe nursing care.
    3. Identify factors that impact the safety of patients in the mental health setting.
    4. Discuss evidenced-based practice when providing nursing care.
    5. Demonstrate proficiency in performing clinical math calculations.
  4. Interpret individual life experiences that impact the care of patients with mental health needs.
    1. Choose interventions that maintain patient dignity and demonstrate respect.
    2. Develop a plan of care which reflects ethnic and cultural diversity of patients and families.
    3. Identify caring behaviors that support ethnic and cultural diversity.
  5. Examine the impact of therapeutic, respectful, and nonjudgmental communication techniques among members of the healthcare team in the promotion of healthy outcomes.
    1. Apply the impact of therapeutic communication with the healthcare team on optimal patient outcomes.
    2. Exhibit effective communication among healthcare team members in various mental healthcare settings.
    3. Use nonjudgmental, therapeutic communication techniques when providing effective teaching to a patient with a mental health disorder.
  6. Apply effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques to promote optimal outcomes in the care of patients with mental health disorders.
    1.  Explain the impact of effective verbal and non-verbal communication techniques on optimal patient outcomes.
    2. Relate therapeutic communication techniques used in all interactions in the care of a patient with a mental health disorder.
    3. Use communication techniques that display cultural sensitivity.
  7. Apply time management and organizational strategies to provide safe and appropriate care for patients with mental health disorders.
    1. Demonstrate organization that provides safe and effective care.
    2. Recognize collaboration among healthcare providers which ensures optimal health outcomes for patients with mental health disorders.
    3. Identify appropriate delegation principles when in a mental health setting.
  8. Display characteristics of civic professionalism when caring for patients with mental health disorders.  
    1. Distinguish actions that reflect professional standards of nursing practice.
    2. Identify the standards of nursing practice when planning care.
  9. Employ ethical and legal standards into nursing practice.
    1. Demonstrate legal and ethical accountability in nursing practice.
    2. Exhibit integrity through adherence to established policies, protocols, and procedures.
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 (Formative) (equally weighted)

45%

Project-Presentation

5%

3 Quizzes (equally weighted)

5%

Final Exam (Summative)

45%

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. Integrate sound nursing judgment, incorporating theoretical knowledge, clinical reasoning skills, and informatics to provide clinically competent nursing care for individuals, families, and communities.
  2. Integrate the diversity of the individual, family, and community to maintain caring relationships.
  3. Employ appropriate communication techniques while functioning as a member of the healthcare team.
  4. Manage care for a group of patients using organization, collaboration, and delegation.
  5. Integrate civic professionalism, ethical, and legal standards into 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.