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Mental Health Nursing (NUR-394)

Semester: Spring 2024
Number: 0302-394-250
Instructor: Mercy Joseph
Days: Monday 3:00 pm - 4:40 pm
Note: Traditional In-Person Class
Location: Garden City - Hagedorn Hall of Enterprise 208
Credits: 3

For majors only
Mandatory Co-Reqs: 0302-397, 0302-389, 0302-384 &0302-399
Additional course fees are $425.00

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Related Syllabi: Tara Howard-Saunders for Spring 2015*

*Attention Students: Please note that the syllabi available for your view on these pages are for example only. The instructors and requirements for each course are subject to change each semester. If you enroll in a particular course, your instructor and course outline may differ from what is presented here.


Focuses on the nursing care of patients experiencing mental illness. Students will explore mental health and illness and its effects on individuals, groups and communities. Perceptions of living with mental illness, as well as legal and ethical components will be discussed.

Learning Goals:   Demonstrates behaviors which reflect anappreciation of the caring role of thenurse: compassionate, empathic, andpatient centered care.- Identifies patient responses to illness- Formulates nursing diagnoses based on assessment data.-Assesses the impact of mental illness on patients, families, and communities.-Demonstrates an understanding of the patient’s interpretation of their illness andtreatments.-Utilizes appropriate therapeuticcommunication techniques withpatients/families-Demonstrates self-awareness and itseffect on patients.-Identifies the rationale underlyingvarious therapeutic interventions. -Identifies precipitating events resulting in the current hospitalization. -Describes actions, side effects and contraindications of selected psychotropic medications.- Synthesizes subjective and objective data when planning care.-Assesses one’s own anxiety level, intrapsychic defenses mechanisms, and coping behaviors and their effects onpatients.- Demonstrates critical thinking skills when formulating and implementing plans of care for patients and families.- Synthesizes patient assessment data with data from other sources to deliverprofessional nursing care to patients.Provides patient care with sensitivity andrespect for the diversity of humanexperience.- Plans and implements nursing interventions based on evidence-based practices.- Integrates best nursing practice to promote optimal patient care outcomes in patients.- Demonstrates effective use of information technology in researching issues and information for the provision ofdirect patient care.- Demonstrates behavior consistent with the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses and the ANA Scope and Standards forPractice.- Demonstrates professional and ethical behaviors.- Demonstrates accountability for actions:absences, lateness, unpreparedness, unprofessional behavior.- Communicates all pertinent patient information with appropriate members of the healthcare team and the instructor in a timely manner.- Effectively collaborates with peers and members of the interdisciplinary team.Provides appropriate care according topatient/family congruent with the level ofnursing expertise (Patricia Benner: Noviceto Expert). - Formulates plans of care incorporatingevidence-based practice grounded in assessment and analysis of patient/family. - Continually assesses and evaluatespatient/family situations to consistently assure safety.- Follows interpersonal safety guidelines.- Acts as an advocate for patient

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