DIVISION:    Arts & Sciences                                                                      Date:  January 2014




COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE:    NUR 247 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing        


Credit Hours:            3Hours/Wk Lecture:               2Hours/Wk Lab:         3       Lec/Lab Comb:


I.          CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Develops nursing skills in caring for individuals, families, and/or groups with mental health needs. Explores various treatment models, diagnostic categories, and rehabilitative measures.


II.        RELATIONSHIP OF THE COURSE TO CURRICULA OBJECTIVES IN WHICH IT IS TAUGHT:   In NUR 247, the student studies the individual who is suffering in his feelings, thoughts, and behavior.  Psychosocial, as well as socio-cultural and biologic, processes are discussed as a basis for mental illness.  The basic needs of the individual and his family are discussed as the individual moves along the wellness-illness continuum.  Normal and abnormal aspects of mental health are described.  Disturbances of the basic needs are studied, and the effects of these on the family unit are emphasized.


The nursing process is used by the student caring for a mentally ill individual and his family.  Emphasis is placed on assessment strategies, nursing interventions, plans of care, and evaluation of care for individuals with a variety of acute and chronic mental health problems and their families.  Interaction in a one-to-one nurse-client relationship provides the student with opportunities to learn, recognize, and cope with various patterns of behavior and to apply various theories in their care.  The student is expected to acquire and apply knowledge of mental illness as maladaptive patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaving.  Consideration also is given to mental illness as a social problem and to the purpose and functions of the psych-mental health team and various agencies participating in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of the mentally ill individual.  In this way, the student will apply the concepts learned in NUR 247 to practice in a variety of settings in the three interrelated roles of the nurse: as care provider, manager of care, and as a member of the profession.


III.       REQUIRED BACKGROUND: Each student must have successfully completed the third semester of the Registered Nursing curriculum.  The expectation is progressive academic and clinical growth. 


1.      Theory and Practice in Mental Health and Mental Illness

2.      Psychosocial Nursing Tools

3.      Psychobiological Disorders

4.      Trauma Interventions

5.      Care for the Dying and Those Who Grieve


The student will be able to:


1.     Use the nursing process to meet the selected psychiatric-mental health needs of individuals, groups, and communities in a variety of health care settings.

2.   Perform specific nursing skills to meet the psychiatric-mental health needs of individuals, groups, and communities.

3.   Communicate therapeutically with clients in individual and group formats.

4.   Report relevant data in a comprehensive and concise manner verbally, in writing and through information technology.

5.   Implement health teaching in collaboration with other members of the health care team to clients with psychiatric-mental health needs.

6.   Practice nursing in a legal and ethical manner.

7.   Organize nursing care for clients with psychiatric-mental health needs in a variety of health care settings.

8.   Discuss the roles and responsibilities of nurses with varying educational preparations in a variety of health care settings.

9.      Assume accountability and responsibility for own actions as a member of the health care team.

10.  Continue to prepare for the NCLEX- RN.




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


All students must also complete pathophysiology reports and care plans.


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