BON Course Syllabus for Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing

Board of Nursing (BON)
Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing
Course Syllabus

I. Description
Principles, concepts and theories underlying psychiatric nursing care to individuals, families and communities in a variety of settings.

II. Terminal Competencies
1. Utilizes knowledge from the psychological, biological sciences, theories of personality and human behavior in the care of psychiatric clients.
2. Utilizes the nursing process in giving holistic nursing care to all kinds of clients.
3. Applies appropriate communication techniques with clients, families and other members of the health team in various settings.
4. Demonstrates leadership and management skills to ensure safe and quality care.
5. Works collaboratively with other members of the health team.
6. Applies the ethico-legal principles in psychiatric nursing.
7. Participates in research undertakings and utilizes findings to improve psychiatric nursing care.
8. Assumes responsibility for personal and professional growth.

III. Content Outline
1. Personality development and principles of mental health
A. Mental health as a concept
B. Principles of Psychiatric Nursing
C. Nursing process in Psychiatric Nursing
D. Research as a tool in improving psychiatric nursing care.

2. Crisis and Crisis Intervention
A. Crisis intervention
B. Common crises situations

3. Anxiety Response and Anxiety Disorders
A. Etiological theories of anxiety
B. Levels of anxiety
C. Ego defense mechanisms
D. Anxiety related disorders

4. Anxiety Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence
A. Childhood
B. Adolescence

5. Psychophysiologic disorders
A. Theories of psychophysiologic disorders
B. Predisposing factors
C. Common organ systems affected by psychological factors
D. Nursing care and psychopharmacology

6. Personality disorders
A. Psychodynamics of personality disorders
B. Predisposing factors
C. Types of personality disorders
D. Nursing care and psychopharmacology

7. Emotional responses and mood disorders
A. Psychodynamics of mood disorders
B. Predisposing factors
C. Alterations in mood
D. Treatment modalities, psychopharmacology and nursing care

8. Thought disorders (Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders)
A. Theories of etiology of schizophrenia
B. Types of schizophrenia
C. Primary and secondary symptoms of schizophrenia
D. Treatment modalities, psychopharmacology and nursing care

9. Substance abuse and related disorders
A. Alcoholism
B. Drug abuse and dependence
C. Treatment modalities, psychopharmacology and nursing care

10. Organic Mental Syndrome and Disorders
A. Etiology
B. Fundamental principles in the care of cognitively impaired person
C. Organic mental syndrome
D. Organic mental disorders
E. Treatment modalities, psychopharmacology and nursing care

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