Mental Health

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Course Description:
This course provides the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills needed to care for patients with maladaptive coping disorders. Therapeutic nurse/patient interaction skills are stressed. Clinical experiences are selected to help students increase understanding of the interdisciplinary health team and the nurse’s role as a member of the team. Clinical practice is provided in a psychiatric setting.


Course Details


NUR1211C/L, NUR2142, MCB2010C/L

Corequisites: NUR2440C/L, Humanities Core



Annamarie Johnson DNP, MSN, RN
Office:  Q224
Phone:  718-2346


Required textbooks/ course materials:

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The following books are purchased as a bundle:

  • Morgan, K & Townsend, M. (2020). Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. 8th ed. F.A. Davis, Philadelphia. ISBN# 9780803676787
  • Morgan, K & Townsend, M. Pocket Guide to Psychiatric Nursing, 11th edition. F.A. Davis, Philadelphia. ISBN-13:9780803699953


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

N1. Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication within a variety of health care contexts.

N2. Provide patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to a diverse patient population.

N3. Demonstrate clinical judgement in the delivery of nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings.

N4. Demonstrate use of information and technology for nursing care.

N5. Will demonstrate professional practice as defined by the State Board of Nursing Scope of Practice for the registered nurse.

Healthy People 2030

National Patient Safety Goals



Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Formulate a treatment plan guided by the different theories of mental disorders.
  • Facilitate a therapeutic relationship in the mental health care setting.
  • Outline the nursing process in the mental health setting.
  • Model therapeutic communication in mental health nursing.
  • Assess the role of family, community, and cultural diversity in mental health nursing.
  • Accurately appraise legal and ethical issues in mental health nursing.
  • Relate the foundations of neurology, including psychopharmacology. 

 N1-N5 for all

Tests, Quizzes, Final Exams, Skills Performance and Skills Demonstration, Projects, Skills Check, Clinicals, Unit Tests, Writing Assignments


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Lecture, discussions, projects, selected readings, handouts, audio-visuals, and clinical lab.


Alternate Grading Scale

This course uses an alternate grading system that differs from the college-wide grading scale. The following scale indicates a student's standing in the course:
A – 90 – 100
B – 80 – 89
C – 75 – 79
D – 60 – 74
F – 59 or less

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