Curriculum Guideline

Professional Psychiatric Nursing Concepts

Effective Date:
Course Code
PNUR 3700
Professional Psychiatric Nursing Concepts
Nursing - Psychiatric
Health Sciences
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Student Directed Learning 10 hours
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction
  • Self-study Print Materials
  • Reading Assignments
  • Tutor Assistance
  • Teleconference
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 health care 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
  • The Professional Psychiatric Nurse
  • Evolution of Psychiatric Nursing Profession
  • Development of a Professional Self Concept
  • Nursing Models and Theories
  • Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Conceptual Framework and Philosophy
  • Context of Professional Psychiatric Nursing Practice
  • Leadership in Professional Psychiatric Nursing Practice
Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  1. analyze selected nursing theories and concepts.
  2. identify components of theory and concepts that are applicable to psychiatric nursing practice.
  3. apply theory and concepts to contexts where psychiatric nursing is practised.
  4. analyze the psychiatric nursing professional role in relationship to other discipline providing mental health services.
  5. examine the role of nursing theory in the development of professional identity.
  6. relate own professional identity to nursing theory and concepts.


Means of Assessment

Evidence of learning is demonstrated through:

  • application of concepts to self
  • application of concepts to clinical practice or field work
  • application of concepts to others.

 The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based on:

  1. Adherence to college evaluation policy regarding number and weighting of evaluations, for example a course of three credits or more should have at least three separate evaluations.
  2. A developmental approach to evaluation that is sequenced and progressive.
  3. Evaluation is used as a teaching tool for both students and instructors.
  4. Commitment to student participation in evaluation through such processes as self and peer evaluation, and program/instructor evaluation.


Textbook Materials

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

Which Prerequisite

PNUR 3702, 3704, 3705, 3707, 3708, 3710, 3720, 3722 and 3730