Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice I

Course Details

Course Number
Fall 2015
Days & Times

This is an online course

Dr. Kimberly Mercer (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

 Course Description: 

The focus of this course is on the diagnosis and management of serious and persistent psychiatric disorders and mental health problems in individuals. The student begins with an assessment of the relationship with self as a foundation for understanding therapeutic relationships. Diagnostic evaluation will include development of interview techniques, mental status examination, and use of tools unique to the evaluation of psychiatric mental health problems. Management of mental health problems in individuals will include both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions, including individual counseling in the clients with serious and persistent mental health problems.


1. Demonstrate planning, implementing, and evaluating care of one's own mental health.

2. Collaborate with individual clients to develop evidence based approaches to promotion and protection of mental health and mental illness.

3. Collaborate with clients to devlop a plan to avert relapse.

4. Apply essential elements of physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual care in the promotion of health in self and others.

5. Explore a wide range of approaches to evidence based psychotherapy of individual clients experiencing psychiatric mental health problems.

6. Develop beginning expertise in the application of selected evidence based psychotherapy of individual clients experiencing psychiatric mental health problems.

7. Integrate psychopharmacotherapy in effective management of individuals experiencing psychiatric mental health problems.

Course Expectations

Student Responsibilities and Class Requirements

Students are accountable for policies regarding graduate nursing programs and completion of requirements for all graduate students as stated in the Graduate Catalog and Graduate Student Handbook. Students are responsible for making appointments with faculty concerning class assignments as necessary. This is an online class and students are expected to have adequate access to a computer and check the course via D2L on a regular basis for updates and information. Work will be submitted ELECTRONICALLY by dates due. Reading assignments and D2L learning activities, as detailed in the course calendar must be addressed and responded to promptly.  All course requirements must be met in order to pass the course. Reading assignments should be completed as outlined in the course calendar. All written assignments should be in APA, 6th edition, format. This includes citations and references. All written work submitted for evaluation is to be the work of the student who submits it. ALL attached files/assignments are to be saved and submitted in WORD format.

Grading Standards

Grading Scale

A             90-100

B             80-89

C             74-79

D             65-73

F              64 and below



The grade for the NURS 5363/5373 will be based upon the following criteria:


Evaluation Components

% of Grade


Didactic/Classroom Assignments:



  • 3 P’s (physical assessment, pharmacology and pathophysiology) Barkley Exam
  • Discussion #1
  • Discussion # 2








  • SOAP Notes (3)



  • CDM (1)
  • Quizzes (5)




  • Mid-Term Exam
  • Comprehensive Final Exam











Clinical Assignments:






  • Mid-Term Clinical Practicum – Must PASS



  • Final Clinical Practicum – Must PASS




  • Completion of all clinical hours



  • Completion of E-Log documentation BOTH mid-term and Final E-log submissions.



  • Completion of all required paperwork (evaluations.)









In order to pass NURS 5363 and NURS 5373 containing both didactic/classroom and clinical requirements, the student must pass both the didactic/classroom and clinical components of the course. In addition, the student must pass both Midterm and Final Clinical Practicums to receive a passing clinical grade for the course.


Submission Format Policy

 Assignment File Naming

All assignments will be submitted through D2L ASSIGNMENT SECTION. Dropboxes provided.

E-mailing assignments is not acceptable (unless advised to do so) and may not be considered for grading.  When uploading an assignment to the assignment section of D2L, please use the following guidelines for naming of the files. Your last name, assignment name:  Example: Smith-SoapNote3Revised.doc. 

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

 Late Assignments

 All assignments must be uploaded to D2L in the Assignment section dropbox via WORD format by the due date and time.  If the student has computer problems the assignment must then be submitted on time in the D2L course webmail section AND ONLY WITH PRIOR NOTICE to faculty and subsequent approval.  This is to be used in emergency situations only. ALL assignment dropboxes will be locked when due date/time expires.


Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

This is an online course.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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