Curriculum Guideline

Psychiatric Nursing Clinical Practice II (Episodic Health Challenges I)

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Course Code
PNUR 3361
Psychiatric Nursing Clinical Practice II (Episodic Health Challenges I)
Nursing - Psychiatric
Health Sciences
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
13.5 hours
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

In this course, students engage in a variety of learning activities.  Learning activities occur in psychiatric nursing practice settings, group discussions, 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.

Course Description
Students will have opportunities to integrate specialized psychiatric and medical knowledge and skills in caring for persons, families, and groups experiencing episodic health challenges in medical-surgical and acute mental health care settings. The professional psychiatric nursing role will continue to be developed and strengthened. Clinical group discussions will assist with the integration of concepts and issues related to the clinical practice setting.
Course Content

In this course, within the context of the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing’s Philosophy and Conceptual Framework, students will focus on developing the psychiatric nursing role and promoting health in clients with episodic 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.  

Learning Outcomes

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 persons, families, and groups experiencing episodic health challenges.  It is the intent of this course to integrate knowledge and skills from the previous semesters. Evidence informed  practice is integrated throughout seven areas of comptetency. 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 Application

3. Collaborative Practice

4. Advocacy

5. Quality Care and Client Safety

6. Health Promotion

7. Ethical, Professional and Legal Responsibilities.

Means of Assessment

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.

Textbook Materials

A list of required and optional textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.