Mental Health Nursing
1. Course Title: Mental Health Nursing
2. Course No: (306)
3. Credit Hours: Total of (5) credits:
Theory (3) credits
Clinical (2) credits
4. Course Calendar: Total
(9) hours weekly of (15) weeks:
Theory (3) hrs.
Clinical (6) hrs.
5. Placement: Third year/ Second semester.
6. Instructor: Staff of Mental Health and Illness Nursing Unit.
7. Course Description:
This Course provides students with basic Knowledge and understanding of various theories
that explain the behaviors of mentally health and ill persons. It also develops clear and
specific approaches to various mental problems that lead students to use the nursing
process as a framework for effective care with a holistic view of each client (physical,
emotional, spiritual, interpersonal, cultural, socioeconomic, and environmental Aspects).
8. Course Goals:
At the end of the course the student will be able to:
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Discuss the trends, foundations, and concepts of mental health nursing.
Identify the community based nursing care (mental health promotion and mental illness
prevention.)
Describe the ethical and legal issues in nursing.
Identify the mental health nursing theories.
Implement therapeutic communication and interpersonal relationship.
Apply the nursing process in providing the nursing care for the client.
Identify and assist in providing special treatment modalities.
 Describe different types of psychiatric disorders.
 Recognize client behaviors and problems.
 Assess the mental health statues of client.
 Chang the students attitudes toward mental health and mental illness nursing.
 Appraise the nurse’s role in the community mental health nursing.
9. Course Outline:
The Theoretical Content
Unit 1: Foundations of Mental Health:
(4) hrs.
 History and trends in psychiatric mental health nursing.
 Foundation of psychiatric mental Health. Nursing.
 Introduction to psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.
 Concept of mental health & Mental illness.
Unit 2: Community Mental Health:
(4) hrs.
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Community based care, mental health promotion
& prevention of mental illness.
 Ethical & legal issues in nursing.
Unit 3: Theories in mental health nursing:
(3) hrs.
 Psychological theories.
 Neurobiological theories.
Unit 4: Communications:
(3) hrs.
 Therapeutic communication & relationship.
 Interpersonal relationship.
Unit 5: The Nursing process:
(2) hrs.
 Assessment of Psychiatric clients.
 Nursing. Diagnosis according to NANDA.
 Outcome identification.
 Planning & implementation.
 Evaluation.
Unit 6: Treatment modalities:
(3) hrs.
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Unit 7:
(6) hrs.
Special treatment modalities.
Psychopharmacology.
CT.
Alternative & Complementary therapies.
Psychiatric Disorders:
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Unit 8:
Clients with psychiatric disorders.
Mood disorder depression & mania.
Delusional & Shared Psychotic disorders.
Cognitive disorders.
Delirium.
Dementia.
Vague state.
Mood disorder (depression & mania).
Anxiety disorders:
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Unit 9:
Anxiety.
Phobia.
Obsessive – compulsive disorder.
Anxiety related disorders (Post-Traumatic disorder).
Somatic disorder.
Personality disorders.
(2) hrs.
Unit 10: Substance related disorders:
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(3) hrs.
Alcoholic abuse.
Drug abuse.
Unit 11: Eating disorders:
(3) hrs.
 Anorexia nervosa.
 Bulimia.
Unit 12: Nursing care of special population:
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(3) hrs.
(3) hrs.
Child.
Elderly.
Homeless.
The Clinical Content
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Orientation to the clinical area.
(6) hrs.
Orientation to the admission and discharge procedures.
(6) hrs.
Demonstration for patient assessment:
(6) hrs.
-Taking history.
-Physical examination.
-Mental status examination.
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Observing clinical instructor while interviewing &
(12) hrs.
Communicating with psychiatric patients.
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Observing clinical instructor while using therapeutic
technique to the patients.
Clinical practice in the psychiatric female unit.
Clinical practice in the psychiatric male unit.
Clinical practice in the substance abused patients unit.
Assist in providing nursing care to patients with ECT.
(6) hrs.
(18) hrs.
(18) hrs.
(12) hrs.
(6) hrs.
10. Learning Resources:
Blackboard, Overhead Projector, Posters, Handouts, video-films,
Psychiatric clinics and Psychiatric teaching hospitals.
11. Teaching / Learning Strategies:
Lectures, Small group’s discussion, Role playing, Demonstration,
Writing reports, Case study.
12. Students Evaluation:
1st theory Exam.
10%
2nd theory Exam.
10%
Clinical evaluation
15%
Seminars
10%
Reports
10%
Quizzes
5%
Final theory Exam.
20%
Final Clinical Exam.
20%
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100%
13. References:
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Gial W. Start, Psychiatric Nursing, 5th ed., New York, Mosby,
2002.
Jonson, B.S, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, 4th ed.,
Lippincott William and welkins, 1999.
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Schultz, Judih & Videbeck Sheila, Manual of Psychiatric Nursing Care Plans, 7th ed.,
New York, Lippincott Williams
Wilkins, 2005.
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Shives, L.R, Basic Concepts of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing,
6th ed., New York, Lippincott William and welkins, 2005.
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Stuart.G.W, Principles and Practice of Psychiatric Nursing, 7th ed., New York, Mosby,
2001.
 Articles related to different topics from nursing journals.