University South Valley
Department Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
1. Basic information:
- course Title: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
- Specialty: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
- No of Hours/ Units:
– Course description:
This theory and clinical course focuses on the care of persons of various
age groups with psychiatric mental health disorders and chemical
dependence. Psychopathology of mental disorders is reviewed.
Application of the nursing process within a multidisciplinary team
approach is highlighted. Emphasis is on the therapeutic use of self with
individuals, families, and groups in an acute psychiatric care setting.
Communication skills, mental health assessment, and various therapeutic
interventions are utilized by students in clinical placements.
problems or mental distress in different care settings including:
- Individuals’ Homes
- General hospitals
- Community and rehabilitation units
Psychiatric nursing theory:
This course introduces the nursing student to the theoretical concepts
and knowledge base of the psychiatric mental health nursing. Emphasis is
on promoting, restoring and protecting mental health of individuals and
group. The student will be able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate
the care of clients experiencing different types of psychiatric and mental
illness. Current trends and issues related to psychiatric and mental health
nursing will be discussed.
Psychiatric nursing practicum:
Student involved in this course are expected to integrate knowledge base
from the mental health nursing theory course into practice. Also to utilize
the nursing process within the therapeutic nurse client relationship with
the emphasis on the humanistic holistic approach and develop an open
communication with health care providers team to facilitate the client
healing process in a structured environment. The focus of the training is
on the therapeutic use of self, this will be achieved by providing a
supervised experience in an inpatient psychiatric setting. Learning is
enhanced through direct interaction with the clients and actual
participation in group activities that will help the student nurse to under
stand self and others.
2. course aims:
At the end of this course, the fourth year student should be able to:
- Utilizes the nursing process assessment, diagnosing, planning, implementing and evaluating to meet the needs of the psychiatric client.
- Uses established guidelines to develop and implement teaching plans to instruct psychiatric clients and their families.
- Assumes responsibility when managing nursing care for the psychiatric client using available resources.
- Practices nursing for the psychiatric client within an ethical and legal framework and is accountable for those nursing practices.
3. Intended Learning outcomes from the course:
A- Knowledge and understanding:
- Identify roles of the psychiatric nurse.
- Recognize the parameter of mental health and mental illness.
- Describe the different defenses or coping mechanism that protect the ego against anxiety.
- Describe the historical perspective of the care of mentally ill through the years.
- Identify the signs and symptoms on patients at the out-patient clinic.
- Identify the nursing communication model.
- Describe the characteristics of a therapeutic relationship.
- Identify the principles that guide the psychiatric nurse behavior.
- Identify levels of personality.
- Identify levels of mind.
- Identify the uses, effect and side effects of E.C.T.
- Identify the behavioral manifestations and dynamics of children and adolescent disturbances.
- Define the process of aging.
- Describe the normal physiological and changes occurring during aging.
- Define substance abuse and dependency.
- Describe the dynamics physical effects, behavioral changes, medical consequences, social and family problems, and specific characteristics of abuse and dependency.
- Define community mental health nursing.
- Identify self system.
- Describe self image.
- Define the counseling relationship.
- Identify the components, characteristics and goals of a therapeutic milieu.
B- Intellectual Skills:
- Analyze roles of the psychiatric nurse.
- Explain the different defenses or coping mechanism that protect the ego against anxiety.
- Compare the historical perspective of the care of mentally ill through the years.
- Explain the different terminology, signs and symptoms related to psychiatric nursing.
- Explain the nursing communication model differentiate between social, intimate and therapeutic relationship.
- Explain the principles that guide the psychiatric nurse behavior.
- Explain levels of mind.
- Explain group norms and how they are developed and enforced.
- Compare styles of group leadership and their effects on group members functioning.
- Explain the uses effect and side effects of E.GT.
- Analyze the role of the nurse in preventive and therapeutic measures.
- Explain the normal physiological and psychological changes occurring during aging.
- Differentiate among various types of substances abused dependency disorders.
- Differentiate among primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in community mental health nursing.
- Explain relaxation technique.
- Explain self concept.
- Differentiate between counseling and psychotherapy.
- Explain the role of psychiatric nurse in woman psychiatric disorder.
- Explain the components, characteristics, and goals of a therapeutic milieu.
- Apply measure to prevent job stress and burnout in psychiatric nursing.
- Develop the parameter of mental health and mental illness.
- Calculate the different defenses or coping mechanism the protect the ego against anxiety.
- Calculate the historical perspective of the care of mentally ill through the years.
- Describe the different terminology, signs and symptoms related to psychiatric nursing.
- Apply techniques of therapeutic communication.
- Apply therapeutic relationship.
- Calculate psychiatric nursing principles in dealing with patients.
- Prepare a comprehensive nursing care plan for the patient in crisis based on nursing process.
- Apply growth and development theories in psychiatric nursing.
- Develop the process o structuring a group.
- Apply the care to the patient after electroconvulsive therapy.
- Prepare the management plan for children and adolescent disturbances.
- Apply nursing process in caring of aging.
- Apply the nursing process to substance abuse and dependency disorders.
- Calculate the role of the nurse in community mental health.
- Develop problem solving technique.
- Describe self-concept.
- Apply counseling relationship.
- Prepare a plan of care for woman with depression.
- Apply general guidelines for facilitating a therapeutic milieu.
D-General and Transferable skills:
- Evaluate measures to prevent job stress and burnout in psychiatric nursing.
- Design the parameter of mental health and mental illness.
- Evaluate the usefulness and unhealthy uses of the defenses or coping mechanism.
- Evaluate the historical perspective of the care of mentally ill through the years.
- Evaluate observations using the right terminology.
- Design techniques of therapeutic communication.
- Evaluate the therapeutic relationship.
- Criticize psychiatric nursing principles in dealing with psychiatric patients.
- Evaluate a nursing case plan for the patient in crisis based on nursing process.
- Criticize growth and development theories.
- Criticize the individual and group therapy.
- Design a nursing care plan for patient prepared for E.C.T.
- Evaluate the role of the nurse in preventive and therapeutic measures for children and adolescent disturbances.
- Great a management plan in caring of aging.
- Create a management plan to substance abuse and dependency disorders.
- Criticize the role of the nurse in community mental health.
- Create a social support net work.
- Evaluate self awareness.
- Evaluate counseling model of helping.
- Evaluate a plan of care for woman with depression.
- Criticize the nurse’s role and functions within the therapeutic milieu.
- Introduction to Psychiatric course.
- Concepts of Mental health & Mental illness.
- Defense Mechanism.
- Historical perspectives in Psychiatry & psychiatric Nursing.
- Signs and symptoms of psychiatry.
- Therapeutic communication.
- General principles of psychiatric Nursing.
- Crisis Intervention.
- Developmental Theories.
- Electroconvulsive therapy.
- Child Psychiatry & Adolescents’ problems.
- Psychogeriatric Nursing.
- Substance abuse & drug dependence.
- Community mental health nursing.
- Stress & stress management.
- Woman mental health.
- Milieu therapy.
5. Teaching &learning methods:
- Lecture and discussion
- Case studies
- Clinical experience
- Post conference
- Research paper
- Midterm exam
- Final written exam
- Final oral exam
- Final clinical exam
- Mid-term exam 8th week
- Final oral exam 14th week
- Final written exam 16th week
C) Distribution of grades:
- clinical grades: 110 grades
- Final oral exam: 10 grades.
- Final written exam: 80 grades.
- Total: 200 grades.
Vision, Mission, Goals Mental Health Nursing:
The vision of Mental Health Nursing Department is to strive towards equipping nursing students to develop excellence in maintaining and promoting health through various activities in practice, education and research.
The mission of the department is to achieve excellence in teaching and learning in the area of mental health nursing through developing and executing strong educational programs and research activities ultimately leading to better care of the community.
1- Integrate relevant knowledge and skills rooted in the nursing, human and social sciences in providing quality comprehensive nursing practice.
2-Impart quality education to the students in the field of mental health nursing.
3-Prepare the students to become nursing leaders who will work as efficient professional nurses in the hospitals and community settings.
4-Emphasize the importance of health education and communication skills in mental health for preparing professional nurses to increase the individual, family and community awareness toward achieving self care.
5-Collaborate with the governmental and non-governmental organizations in meeting the health needs of the people.
6- Organize staff development programs for the teachers of the department in the view of enhancing their knowledge and skills.
7- Effectively participate in the faculty developmental activities.
8-Contribute to the body of knowledge of mental health nursing through research and health education.
9- Develop the communication skills in coordination and cooperation with all health team members.
10- Apply the theories and concepts related to caring of elderly people in the community.
11-Increase the community understanding of all related topics that lead to health promotion and disease prevention