SRJC Course Outlines

5/28/2022 4:31:22 PMPSYT 74L Course Outline as of Fall 2003

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PSYT 74LTitle:  MENTAL HLTH/PSY NUR  
Full Title:  Mental Health & Psychiatric Nursing - Clinical
Last Reviewed:2/10/2003

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum6.50Lecture Scheduled017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled0
Minimum6.50Lab Scheduled01 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR19.10 Contact DHR334.25
 Contact Total19.10 Contact Total334.25
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  0.00Total Student Learning Hours: 334.25 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  P/NP Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Application of principles of nursing care for mentally disordered adolescents & adults with psychiatric diagnoses in hospitals, community & private psychiatric settings & chemical dependency treatment centers. Focus is on planning, implementation & evaluation of psychiatric treatment care including management of assaultive behavior, medication administration, documentation, activities of daily living & therapeutic interventions. Anatomical, physiological & psychosocial concepts are applied throughout the course.

Completion of PSYT 71 and 71L with a grade of "C" or better.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Application of principles of nursing care for mentally disordered adolescents & adults with psychiatric diagnoses. Focus is on planning, implementing and evaluating patient care in hospitals, community and private psychiatric centers and chemical dependency treatment centers. Anatomical, physiological and psychosocial concepts are applied.
(P/NP Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of PSYT 71 and 71L with a grade of "C" or better.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Spring 2011
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
1.  Describe the legal rights of patients and act in an ethical manner
   that will communicate appreciation, respect and protection for
   these rights.
2.  Describe the dynamics and behavioral manifestations of assigned
   patients with psychiatric disorders.
3.  Participate with other nursing team members in making observations
   of the patient.
4.  Based upon the observations of the patient, participate with other
   team members in developing a psychiatric treatment program.
5.  Implement the treatment program.
6.  Evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment program.
7.  Describe the various psychiatric treatment modalities and apply this
   knowledge when working with patients.
8.  Describe elements necessary for a therapeutic ward milieu and
   participate with other team members to build and maintain this
9.  Describe the characteristic therapeutic effects and adverse effects
   of the psychotropic drugs and safely prepare, administer, and chart
   psychotropic medication according to specific hospital policy.
10. Accurately and objectively report and record observations of patient
   behavior and progress.
11. Demonstrate assertiveness and professionalism with patients and
   nursing team members.
12. Identify stressors affecting his/her personal and professional life.
13. Demonstrate an ability to utilize coping skills effectively.
14.  Reflect on and document professional and personal growth.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Professional ethics, legal issues, commitment procedures.
2.  Overview of mental health and history of psychiatry.
3.  Communication theory, interpersonal and therapeutic communication.
4.  The therapeutic relationship, nursing process and documentation.
5.  Developing and implementing psychiatric nursing care plans.
6.  Effects of stress on general and mental health.
7.  Mental status assessment, observation, reporting and recording.
8.  Psychopharmacology-administration of psychotropic medications.
9.  Psychiatric disorders.
10. Treatment modalities.

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1.  Reading assignments in preparation for each clinical day (from
   required text and library, 40-50 pages per week).
2.  Research and compile one written case study on assigned patient.
3.  Required reading of specific supplemental material (discuss in
   clinical conferences).
4.  Develop one-to-one relationship with selected patients
   and write six process recordings of these interactions.
5.  Skills Lab: Participate in role playing student/patient scenerios.
6.  Administer medications and treatments to select group of patients.
7.  Produce nine behavioral notes per week for approximately eight weeks.
8.  Perform specific designated therapeutic intervention as demonstrated
   in skills lab.
9.  Write personal journal of experience.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 30%
Written homework, Term papers, Process recordings, Personal Journal
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 40%
Homework problems, Field work, Nursing care plans, clinical conferences
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
50 - 70%
Field work, Performance exams, Role-playing
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Bostrom. 1999
Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses, 7th edition, 2001
Instructor prepared materials.

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