COURSE OUTLINE COURSE NUMBER: NURSING 304 COURSE TITLE: PSYCHIATRIC NURSING I CREDIT HOURS: THREE (3) COURSE TIME: WEDNESDAY, 1:45-3:15PM FRIDAY, 2:45-4:15PM TEXTBOOKS: MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 4TH EDITION BY: KAREN LEE FONTAINE J. SUE FLETCHER PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF PSYCHIATRIC NURSING, 9TH EDITION BY: GAIL W. STUART WHERE THERE IS NO PSYCHIATRIC BY: VAKRIM PATEL COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on the basic psychopathology of mental disorders and the theories and principles underlying nursing care of clients with alterations in mental health status.
A cultural and historical perspective on mental disorders, with a discussion of theoretical frameworks of human growth and development and psychological theories will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on communication in psychiatric nursing including mental health interviews and defense mechanisms used by clients to cope with life threating situations COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the end of this course, students will be able to: 1. Define mental health and mental illness 2. Discuss the history of mental illness in Liberia and its prevalence in our society and globally.
. Discuss the theories of mental disorders and how it affects human development 4. Describe the basic brain development 5. Describe the clinical manifestations of brain dysfunction in mental disorders 6. Identify the role of Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology in brain dysfunction 7. Demonstrate a complete mental health assessment 8. Formulate examples of conscious and unconscious attempts to manage anxiety 9. Distinguish between the different characteristics of the various anxiety disorders 10.
Differentiate concomitant disorders from the primary anxiety disorder 11. Apply the nursing process when interviewing clients experiencing anxiety disorders 12. Compare and contrast people who have unipolar(major depression) with people who have bipolar disorder 13. Analyze the sociocultural factors that contribute to the incidence of depression 14. Apply the nursing process to clients who have mood disorders 15. Define positive and negative characteristics of schizophrenic disorders 16. Describe the multiple etiologies of the schizophrenic syndrome 17.
Discuss the pharmacological interventions for persons with schizophrenia 18. Apply the nursing process to clients who have schizophrenic disorders COURSE CONTENTS 1. Introduction to Mental Health a. Definition of mental health and mental illness b. History of mental illness in Liberia and globally c. Prevalence of mental illness in Liberia and globally 2. Theories of mental disorders a. Intrapersonal theory b. Social-interpersonal theory c. Behavioral theory d. Cognitive theory e. Biogenic theory 3. Neurobiology and behaviors . Development of the brain b. Functions of the brain c. Neuroanatomy d. Neurophysiology 4. Mental health assessment a. Meaning of assessment b. Purposes and major components/domains i. Physical assessment ii. Social assessment iii. Mental status assessment iv. Predisposing assessment v. Precipitating assessment 5. Anxiety Disorders a. Knowledge base i. Definition of anxiety and fear ii. Disorders- GAD, Panic disorder, OCD, Phobic disorder, PTSD, Acute Stress Disorder, Dissociative disorder, Somatoform disorders iii.
Characteristic of anxiety disorder iv. Concomitant disorders v. Causative theories vi. Psychopharmacological interventions vii. Multidisciplinary interventions viii. The nursing process- Focused nursing assessment ix. Nursing interventions classification 6. Mood Disorders a. Knowledge base i. Definition of mood ii. Disorders- Depressive disorders, Bipolar disorders, Dysthymic disorder, Cyclothymic disorder, Mood disorder due to General Medical Condition, Substance-Induced mood disorder iii. Characteristics of mood disorder iv.
Concomitant disorders v. Causative theories vi. Pharmacological interventions vii. Multidisciplinary interventions viii. The nursing process- focused nursing assessment ix. Nursing interventions classification 7. Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders a. Knowledge base i. Definition of schizophrenia and subtypes of schizophrenia ii. Disorders- Schizophreniform, Schizoaffective, Delusional, Brief Psychotic disorder, Psychotic disorder due to general medical conditions, substance-induced psychotic disorder, Psychotic disorder NOS ii. Characteristics of schizophrenic disorders iv. Concomitant disorders v. Causative factors vi. Psychopharmacological interventions vii. Multidisciplinary interventions viii. Nursing process- Focused nursing assessment ix. Nursing interventions classification CLASS PREPARATION Teaching Methodology Discussion Lectures Group work Presentations Case studies, etc. Grading criteria Quizzes 15% Test 20% Attendance 5% Assignment/presentations 15% Class participation 5% Exam 40%a
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