In this course, students engage in a variety of learning activities. Learning activities occur in nursing practice settings, group discussion, and self-study. Nursing practice experience provides students with opportunities to apply knowledge and use skills related to psychiatric nursing within a holistic context. Critical reflection through journal writing, practice appraisal and participation in clinical seminars will allow exploration and integration of nursing theory promoting self-directed learning.
In this course, within the context of the Douglas College Department of Psychiatric Nursing’s Philosophy and Conceptual Framework, students will focus on developing the psychiatric nursing role and promoting health in clients with ongoing health challenges in a variety of medical and mental health care settings. Students will have opportunities to apply knowledge of psychiatric nursing concepts and skills and to establish nurse-client relationships within caring environments.
In this course the student will use the Douglas College Department of Psychiatric Nursing Curricular Threads (Wellness-Illness Continuum, Professional Values, Professional Caring, and Health Care Delivery System) Concepts (crisis, comfort, hope, loss, power, resiliency, integrity) and Variables (Client System, Psychological Variable, Physiological Variable, Sociocultural Variable, Spiritual Variable, Developmental Variable) to integrate knowledge, skills and attitudes related to nursing theory and research, therapeutic relationships, clinical practices, and pharmacological interventions when caring for the persons, families, and groups experiencing ongoing health challenges. This course builds on the knowledge and skills from the previous semesters. Evidence informed practice is integrated throughout seven areas of competency. Students must achieve an expected level of competency based on defined levels of supervision in each semester. Specific competency areas that will be addressed are:
1. Therapeutic Relationships and Therapeutic Use of Self
2. Body of Knowledge and Applications
3. Collaborative Practice
5. Quality Care and Client Safety
6. Health Promotion
7. Ethical, Professional and Legal Responsibilities
The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College evaluation policy. An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.
This is a mastery course.
A list of required and optional textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.