- Name: Mental Health and Illness Clinical
- Discipline: Nursing
- Units (Credits): 1
- Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
- Academic Division: Nursing and Allied Health
- Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program
- Corequisites: NURS 149 & NURS 150
I: Catalog Course Description
Requires students to utilize the nursing process to apply knowledge of the principles and practice of psychiatric nursing to the care of patients experiencing disruptions in psycho/social functioning. Collaborative experiences involving students, members of the psychiatric health care team, patients and their families occur at acute care and outpatient settings. Relevant legal and ethical issues are explored within the context of care of patients with disruptions in psychosocial integrity. Formerly NURS 238.
II: Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
- Utilize the nursing process to individualize plans of care of patients from various cultures who are experiencing primary threats to psychosocial integrity.
- Apply the principles of psychiatric mental health nursing to the care of patients in all health care settings.
- Justify the choice of specific therapeutic communication skills used during interactions with patients experiencing threats to psychosocial integrity.
- Develop a teaching plan for patients receiving psychotropic medications.
- Utilize assessment skills to identify patients at risk for life-threatening conditions to self or others.
- Evaluate therapeutic relationship skills used with patients experiencing alterations in bio/psycho/social integrity.
- Evaluate the milieu of the clinical setting.
- Practice within the ethical values and legal parameters of the profession.
- Collaborate with the health care team, patient, and family to formulate a plan of care and evaluate the desired outcome(s).
III: Course Linkage
The purpose of the Associate of Applied Science degree is to provide employment-related knowledge and the skills necessary to succeed in a chosen field of study.
The mission of the nursing program at Western Nevada College is to meet the nursing educational needs of the service area. The program prepares qualified students to function as entry-level registered nurses and transfer to higher degree programs.
Graduates are prepared to function in a variety of health care settings, providing culturally sensitive, holistic nursing care to individuals and families across the lifespan. The nursing faculty supports graduate competency in an evolving and complex health care environment by facilitating the students' development of clinical judgement, promoting professional behaviors, and fostering the value of lifelong learning.
The Nursing Program Educational Objectives ensure that students who successfully complete the Nursing Program are expected to demonstrate that they can:
- Utilize the nursing process in a competent and caring manner to safely meet the bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual needs of patients across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings.
- Integrate knowledge derived from the bio/psycho/social sciences, humanities, and nursing to achieve deliberative and competent decision-making that is grounded in evidence based practice to achieve best practice outcomes.
- Apply concepts of cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity and respect for persons when working with diverse populations.
- Provide care that reflects the ethical values of nursing within the professional practice standards as well as the legal parameters of the profession
- Use therapeutic communication skills when interacting with patients and their families
Additionally, the General Education Student Learning Objectives ensure that students who complete programs in occupational areas are expected to demonstrate that they:
- Have college-level skills in reading, writing, and oral communication appropriate to their degree and/or emphasis
- Posses suitable technological skills, including computer skills
- Know the subject matter of their degree to a level that is acceptable to their area of study
- Are able to acquire the skills and perform the tasks necessary for their employment or career enhancement
- Have adequate college level mathematical skills