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University of Rhode Island — Nursing

NUR 333 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Course Information

Professor: Department
Semester: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NUR 324 and BPS 333.

Catalog Description: Nursing strategies to support and care for persons with limitations in psychosocial functioning in the context of family and community; psychiatric and/or mental health.



Course Goals & Outcomes

This course is designed to provide the undergraduate nursing student with the opportunity to study alterations in mental health functioning. Students will establish a foundation of therapeutic communication and assessment strategies to be used in examining the needs of psychiatric mental health clients. Theoretical understanding of biopsychosocial needs and interventions are emphasized in delivering individualized care to patients across a continuum of settings from acute care to community support.

By the end of this course you will:

  1. Examine the role of the psychiatric mental health nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team.
  2. Analyze the leadership roles of the psychiatric mental health nurse in diverse settings.
  3. Discuss the advocacy role of the psychiatric mental health nurse with special consideration for vulnerable populations.
  4. Analyze the impact of psychiatric mental health alterations in the individual, family and community.
  5. Discuss conceptual models of psychiatric care and their application to the development of specific strategies.
  6. Discuss traditional and complementary treatment modalities for individuals, families, and groups.
  7. Discuss the components of a comprehensive psychiatric nursing assessment.
  8. Integrate medical and nursing diagnosis in defining nursing care needs of persons with an alteration in their mental health functioning.
  9. Discuss treatment strategies that address the needs of diverse populations with an alteration in mental health functioning based on the principles of psychiatric mental health nursing.
  10. Discuss treatment strategies for promoting and maintaining family mental health based on an understanding of family processes.
  11. Discuss the components of a therapeutic relationship.
  12. Discuss barriers to the development of the therapeutic relationship with individuals who have an alteration in their mental health functioning.
  13. Discuss the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in the provision of care for individuals and families.
  14. Discuss the contributions of various health care professionals in the treatment of mental health problems with individuals, families, and groups.
  15. Explore own biases and beliefs regarding mental illness that impacts on the delivery of care.
  16. Appreciate the importance of participation in professional organizations for the advancement of the nursing profession.
  17. Discuss social, economic, and political issues that impact on the delivery of mental health care.
  18. Discuss legal and ethical issues that impact on the delivery of mental health services to patients, families and groups.
Course Syllabus

This course consists of a weekly three hour class session, which includes lecture, class discussion, small group work, and group presentations. Students must demonstrate their theoretical knowledge of the content via course exams, group presentations and additional online assignments or quizzes. This course is taken concurrently with NUR 334, which is the practicum component of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.

The topics covered in the course include:

  • Psychiatric Nursing in Diverse Settings
  • Contemporary Issues
  • The Therapeutic Relationship
  • Therapeutic Communication
  • Patient Assessment
  • Mental Health Theories
  • Predominant Therapies
  • Stress and People in Crisis
  • Clients with Anxiety Disorders
  • Clients with Affective Disorders
  • Suicide & Grief
  • Clients with Thought Disorders
  • Managing Aggressive Behavior
  • Culture
  • Personality Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Abuse Issues
  • Mental Health Alterations in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Mental Health Alterations in the Geriatric Population
Reasons To Take This Course

This is a required nursing course of the undergraduate nursing curriculum that lays the foundation for working with a broad range of psychosocial needs in any future clinical setting. Nurses must be able to care for the complexity of needs in their patients and this course offers assessment skills and therapeutic techniques that will be utilized not only in psychiatric settings but in any area of nursing care delivery.

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