NURS 360. Mental Health Nursing. 3 Hours.

Principles of communication as an intervention in developing therapeutic relationships with clients from varying age groups in psychiatric settings are discussed. Mental health concepts and selected theoretical frameworks are used to understand adaptive and maladaptive coping behaviors in response to alterations in psychological functioning. These theoretical frameworks, as well as designated diagnostic classification systems, are discussed in relation to the implementation of the nursing process. Students engage in critical thinking to examine the role of the nurse in psychiatric-mental health nursing, exploring it in relation to health promotion, disease prevention, community resources, historical perspectives, and economic, legal and ethical issues. Prerequisite: Level I courses. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 302, NURS 322 and NURS 325, or consent of instructor. Corequisite: NURS 361. LEC.

Minor in Leadership Studies

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