This course introduces students to principles, theories and concepts used for providing and directing holistic care of individuals with mental health alterations. Legal aspects in mental health nursing practice will be discussed along with ways to minimize risks. Students will practice the use of therapeutic communication to establish and maintain therapeutic relationships. Students will also practice interdisciplinary team functions including health teaching and develop counseling skills. Learning opportunities for this course include classroom and supervised clinical experiences. Upon successful course completion, students will be able to apply the nursing process with an emphasis on clinical reasoning to promote patient mental health.
Prerequisite: NUR 309