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Community Concepts For Psychiatric Nursing Practice

Health Sciences
Nursing - Psychiatric
Course Code
PNUR 3702
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This distance learning course explores the context in which psychiatric nurses practice by offering an understanding of community and community mental health from a systems perspective. The course includes examination of various definitions of community; social and cultural considerations; the evolution of community mental health services; community assessment within a system model; and community interventions focussing on levels of prevention and health promotion strategies. The learners will apply the concepts and approaches to conduct a community assessment with attention to a specific aggregate. The Neuman System’s Model will guide the nursing analysis.
Course Content


1.  Introduction to community theory

1.1  rationale for systems theory perspective
1.2  rationale for theory on community

2.  Community defined

2.1  different approaches to defining community
2.2  components of a community

3.  Community mental health defined

3.1  mental health defined
3.2  community mental health defined

4.  History of mental health services

4.1  North America
4.2  British Columbia

5.  Variables that influence the health of a community

5.1  biologic
5.2  sociocultural
5.3  political
5.4  spatial
5.5  economic

6.  Systems theory described

6.1  concepts
6.2  interrelationship of concepts

7.  Community concepts

7.1  delivery system
7.2  comprehensive care
7.3  coordination
7.4  consultation
7.5  collaboration
7.6  continuity of care
7.7  linking technology

8.  Relationship between systems theory and community

8.1  systems theory related to definitions of community


9.  Approaches to community assessment

9.1  community assessment models
9.2  data collection methods
9.3  components of mental health assessment

10. Approaches to community interventions

10.1 groups of aggregates
10.2 community as client
10.3 levels of prevention
10.4 models of community living
10.5 role options for psychiatric nursing

Methods Of Instruction
  1. Self-study Print Materials
  2. Reading Assignments
  3. Tutor support
  4. Teleconferencing
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 five 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.


Learning Outcomes


1.  Apply systems theory to community

1.1  define community
1.2  define community mental health
1.3  identify variables that influence the health of a community
1.4  describe systems theory
1.5  identify community concepts
1.6  describe the relationship between systems theory and community


2.  Apply community concepts to client populations 

2.1    describe approaches to community assessment
2.2    identify approaches to community intervention

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

Selected articles and reading list distributed with PNUR 3702 course manual


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

Winter 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.