PNE 158 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                       Date:   January 2014           


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:   Practical Nursing


Course Number and Title:           PNE 158, Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing


Credit Hours:           1-2      Hours/Wk Lecture:     1-2  Hours/Wk Lab:        0-3      Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:         Recognizes emotional needs of patients. Provides knowledge of the role that emotions play enabling students to understand their own behavior as well as patient behavior. Lecture 1-2 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 


This course is designed to teach Practical Nursing Students about mental health and nursing care of the psychiatric patient.  The curricula objectives are incorporated into the content throughout this course.  A great deal of emphasis has been placed on understanding mental illness by implementation of the nursing process.  This course is to provide a basic orientation to psychiatric nursing.


III.           Required background: 


The student must have successfully completed the first semester of Practical Nursing Program which includes the following:  STD 100, ENG 111, HLT 130, 141, PNE 161, 173, BIO 141, BIO 142


IV.          Course Content:


A.               Basics of Communication

B.               Ethics & Laws

C.               Developmental Psychology Throughout the Life Span

D.               Coping & Defense Mechanisms

E.               Nursing Process in Mental Health

F.                Treating Mental Health Alterations

G.               Anxiety/Mood Disorders

H.               Personality Disorders/Schizophrenia

I.                  Organic Mental Disorders

J.                Somatoform Disorders

K.               Suicide/Homelessness/Victims of Abuse

L.                Dissociative Disorders

M.               Mental Health Alterations


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Be able to recognize the emotional needs of patients

B.   Be able to describe and apply the psychiatric role

C.   Basic knowledge of psychiatric ethics and law

D.   Understand basic concepts and principles of content areas.

Students will be assessed by some combination of quizzes, tests, papers, exams, or special projects as determined by faculty.  All students must successfully complete the clinical portion of the course in order to pass.


All students must also complete a weekly pathophysiology report.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:



Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Information Literacy

Personal Development

Quantitative Reasoning

Scientific Reasoning