SRJC Course Outlines

5/28/2022 4:05:37 PMPSYT 74 Course Outline as of Fall 1981

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Discipline and Nbr:  PSYT 74Title:  MENTAL HLTH/PSY NUR  
Full Title:  Mental Health & Psychiatric Nursing
Last Reviewed:8/1/1981

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum8.00Lecture Scheduled8.1017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled141.75
Minimum8.00Lab Scheduled017 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total8.10 Contact Total141.75
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  283.50Total Student Learning Hours: 425.25 

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

Catalog Description:
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Course presents theoretical basis for care of mentally disordered adolescents and adults. Emphasis is on planning for implementation of care in hospital, community psychiatric settings, and chemical dependency facilities. Pharmacology and application of psychological, psychosocial and interpersonal concepts are integrated throughout the course.

Successful completion of PSYT 71, PSYT 71L.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Theoretical basis for patient care for mentally disordered adolescents & adults. Emphasis is on planning for implementation of care in hospitals, community & private psychiatric treatment settings, and chemical dependency facilities. Pharmacology & application of physiological, psychosocial & interpersonal concepts are integrated throughout the course.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Successful completion of PSYT 71, PSYT 71L.
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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The students will:
1.  Describe the role and function of the psychiatric techician as well
   as the role and function of other members of the treatment team.
2.  Describe identified standards for health care professionals.
3.  State the legal rights of patients and the critieria for the various
   involuntary commitment procedures.
4.  Describe the elements of communication and the communication
   techniques that will develop and maintain a therapeutic relationship
   with patients.
5.  State the major, significant elements that distinguish a mentally
   healthy person from a mentally ill person.
6.  Recognize and describe the dynamics and behavioral manifestations
   of patients with psychiatric disorders.
7.  Describe principles of observation in any patient contact, through
   consideration of what is seen and heard to identify emotional,
   physical, spiritual, intellectual and psychosocial needs of the
8.  Describe guidelines and principals of documentation in reference to
   behavioral charting.
9.  Develop written treatment plans, utilizing appropriate assessment
   criteria and measurable behavioral objectives.
10. Describe elements necessary to maintain a therapeutic ward milieu.
11. Describe various psychiatric and rehabilitative treatment modalities.
12. Describe the characteristics, therapeutic and adverse effects of
   the commonly used psychotropic medications.
13. Develop an awareness of self which will enable the student to
   recognize stressors affecting their personal and professional life
   and demonstrate an ability to utilize coping skills effectively.
14. Recognize the importance of further professional and self growth.

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

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1.  Reading assignments in preparation for each lecture from required
   texts and library. 40-50 pages per week.
2.  Required viewing of films and audio-visual media related to specific
   content, approximately one per week, completion of study questions
   on each film.
3.  Required reading of supplemental book and reaction paper on that

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
5 - 20%
Written homework, Reading reports, Term papers, Study questions
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 10%
Homework problems, Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 5%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
50 - 85%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
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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Bostram.  1995
NURSING 95, Drug Handbook.
Swenson.  1995

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