Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Developing Competence
Students apply the theory learned in HLTH 2931 to a clinical setting. This clinical course, along with the theory course, enables students to meet the licensing requirements of the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC). The essential features of this practice experience are professionalism, skills and competency development, scope of practice for psychiatric and mental health nursing, professional communication skills, and therapeutic use of self. Participants are assigned to work with a Nurse Preceptor on an acute care psychiatric inpatient unit, and under the supervision of a Nurse Educator (Open Learning Faculty Member). The main emphasis in this course is developing clinical competencies in the following areas: therapeutic relationship, admitting and discharging clients, teaching clients, administering medications, group therapies, and common mental health interventions.
HLTH 2931: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Foundational Concepts or equivalent course completed within the last two years, and a Letter of Assessment from the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia or another provincial Registered Nurse association indicating eligibility for registration in British Columbia or Canada upon completion of a qualifying course in psychiatric/mental health practice, OR permission of the School of Nursing Associate Dean or delegate.
After students have completed the practice experience, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate collegiality while working as a member of the mental-health care team
- Identify ethics and legalities related to mental health care
- Demonstrate therapeutic communication, including therapeutic use of self
- Take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of clients, yourself, and others
- Admit clients to the psychiatric/mental health unit, including all assessment and documentation
- Develop and implement nursing care plans that meet the needs of assigned psychiatric/mental health clients
- Develop and implement teaching and learning plans that meet the needs of assigned psychiatric/mental health clients
- Develop group therapy leadership skills
- Develop knowledge of psychiatric/mental health adjunctive therapies
- Carry a full client load on the psychiatric unit
- Articulate awareness of standards and scope of practice related to personal level of competency
- Demonstrate safe, competent medication administration
- Develop and implement pre-discharge care plans that meet the needs of psychiatric/mental health clients
- Discharge clients from the psychiatric/mental health unit, following all hospital procedures and documentation requirements
- Section 1: Pre-Practice Preparation
- Section 2: Orientation to the Practice Environment
- Section 3: Practice Rotation
- Section 4: Assessment
Maximum Completion16 weeks; 120 clinical hours; this course is designed to be completed in three to four weeks of elapsed time, with a maximum completion time of 16 weeks. The length of time will depend on the particular clinical environment and scheduling and individual nursing competencies.
Required Text and Materials
No texts are specifically required for the clinical course. However, students should have the resources from HLTH 2931 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Foundational Concepts available for reference.
Kneisl, C. R., & Trigoboff, E. Contemporary psychiatric-mental health nursing. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2013.
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 0-13-255777-0
Note: Textbook is bundled with DSM-5 Transition Guide. Textbook Bundle ISBN: 978-0-13-358160-7.
Students will need to familiarize themselves with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) professional and practice standards, competencies and scope of practice. These resources are available in PDF format on the CRNBC website and will be referred to throughout the course:
- CRNBC Professional Standards
- CRNBC Practice Standards
- CRNBC (2009) Competencies in the Context of Entry-level Registered Nurse Practice in British Columbia
- CRNBC (2013) Scope of Practice
Computer and Internet access is required. Uniform and shoes as required by clinical setting.
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at start of course.
To successfully complete this course students must obtain 50% or higher in the course overall. Credit will be granted towards a program in the School of Nursing when course grade is 60% (C+) or better. This refers to the overall course with exam and assignments averaged to this percentage. Marks for all courses must average 65%.
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