Professional Psychiatric Nursing Concepts

Health Sciences
Nursing - Psychiatric
Course Code
PNUR 3700
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
25 (on line delivery)
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This online course facilitates the exploration of the professional self-concept of the student as a psychiatric nurse. It examines the role and practice within a broad historical, developmental, and current context of psychiatric nursing as practiced in a changing mental healthcare system. The opportunity to analyze similarities and differences in nursing models and concepts and apply to psychiatric nursing practices is provided. The Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Framework and Philosophy are emphasized.

Course Content

Course content includes:

The Professional Psychiatric Nurse:

  • Characteristics of a profession
  • Importance of professional status
  • Ways in which an individual's practice reflects characteristics of a profession
  • Past or present challenges to professionalization which may influence the development of the psychiatric nursing profession
  • Growth opportunities for the psychiatric nursing profession within the context of ongoing development of the profession
  • Psychiatric nursing practice with regard to ways in which your own practice reflects characteristics of a profession

Evolution of Psychiatric Nursing Profession:

  • Significant events in the history of psychiatric nursing in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States
  • Significant scientific, social, economic, and political factors that shaped the development of the psychiatric nursing profession
  • Nursing pioneers contribution to the development of the psychiatric nursing profession
  • Strides forward that have taken place in the modern era in relation to mental health care and psychiatric nursing practice
  • Vision for psychiatric nursing practice and further development of the professional era considering historical and current influences

Development of a Professional Self Concept:

  • Dimensions of a professional self-concept and the process by which a professional self-concept develops
  • Personal self influences the development of the professional self
  • Historical and contemporary public images of nurses may affect the psychiatric nurse’s professional self-concept
  • Professional status may impact the psychiatric nurse’s professional self-concept
  • Influence of nursing knowledge on professional self-concept
  • Role models and mentors to professional socialization and growth and development of a professional self-concept
  • Multiple professional roles of the psychiatric nurse which are foundational to the development of a professional self-concept
  • Stage of development as a practitioner on professional self-concept 
  • Individual professional self-concept development
  • Strategies to promote ongoing development of the professional self
  • Importance of developing a personal psychiatric nursing philosophy

Nursing Models and Theories and Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Conceptual Framework and Philosophy:

  • Evolution of nursing knowledge and nursing science and their relationship to the evolution of the psychiatric nursing profession
  • Concepts, theories, theoretical frameworks, and nursing conceptual models contribution to the development of nursing knowledge and science
  • Concepts of nursing known as nursing’s “metaparadigm” or the “domains” of nursing
  • World views that are used to categorize nursing conceptual models
  • Major concepts as defined in selected nursing conceptual models
  • Major concepts of the Neuman Systems Model and the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Conceptual Framework
  • Similarities and differences between these two models and other nursing conceptual models
  • Nursing conceptual models influences professional psychiatric nurse approach to the nursing process
  • Value of nursing conceptual models for professional psychiatric nursing practice and the further development of nursing knowledge and nursing science
  • Use of a nursing conceptual model and individual psychiatric nursing practice

Context of Professional Psychiatric Nursing Practice:

  • Common challenges that all health care delivery systems in the world experience
  • Historical development, current structure, and funding of the Canadian health care system
  • Five key principles of the Canadian health care system
  • Mental health care system within a provincial and regional context
  • Proposed framework for a mental health strategy for Canada
  • Professional psychiatric nursing practice as influenced by the current mental health care system 
  • Psychiatric nurses possible contribution to significant transformation of the Canadian mental health system

Leadership in Professional Psychiatric Nursing Practice:

  • Differences between leadership and management and formal and informal leaders
  • Concepts of empowerment and transformation as they relate to leadership within the psychiatric nursing profession
  • Similarities and differences between a variety of contemporary leadership theories
  • Relevance of leadership theories for professional psychiatric nursing practice
  • Key leadership skills for nurses
  • Leadership skills and approaches valued in others
  • Individual leadership strengths and areas for further development 
  • Possible future leadership opportunities for student


Methods Of Instruction

Students will acquire knowledge and skill and learn to apply concepts through a variety of means of instruction and activities, including: online discussions, reading assignments, and teleconference. 

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 graded course. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, successful students will be able to: 

  • Analyze selected nursing theories and concepts
  • Identify components of theory and concepts that are applicable to psychiatric nursing practice
  • Apply theory and concepts to contexts where psychiatric nursing is practised
  • Analyze the psychiatric nursing professional role in relationship to other disciplines providing mental health services
  • Examine the role of nursing theory in the development of professional identity
  • Relate own professional identity to nursing theory and concepts
  • Apply the Douglas College Conceptual Framework to psychiatric nursing practice 
  • Discuss and integrate research and/or theoretical perspectives to psychiatric nursing concepts and practice 


Textbook Materials

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



No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

Start Date
End Date
- 08-Dec-2021
PNUR 3700 090 is offered online and is restricted to Degree Completion students. It is strongly recommended that students take PNUR 3700 prior to taking other PNUR Degree Completion courses.