This course is designed to enable the student to better understand behavior exhibited by persons with mental disorders. Classifications, causes, and symptoms of mental diseases are presented and treatments such as individual, group, and activity therapies are explored. Emphasis is placed on the ways by which the nurse determines, develops, implements, and evaluates a therapeutic environment for the client. The implementing of theories of human behavior is the scientific aspect of mental health-psychiatric nursing; the purposeful use of the self in the performance of care is the artful aspect. The goal is preventative and corrective impact upon mental illness and the restoration of optimal mental health for individuals. Group 2 course.
Required Prerequisites HNR 125
and HNR 107
with a grade of 2.5 or higher; HNR 126
with a grade of S
Corequisites HNR 252
Course Learning Outcomes Knowledge:
- Describe the evolution of nursing in psychiatric settings.
- Use anxiety and the mental health continuum as a conceptual framework.
- Describe factors that can affect the mental health of an individual.
Caring - Civic Learning:
- Demonstrate an understanding of group behavior.
- Illustrate the relationships between social norms, ethics, patients' rights, societies' rights, and mental deviation.
Learning How to Learn:
- Express and understanding of the cultural uniqueness of the clients in the application of the nursing process.
- Integrate effective communication within the nurse-client relationship.