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Registration for the Fall 2019 semester begins June 25.  Watch your email for more details.

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Health Assessment: Community Health & Mental Health

Course Code: NURS 3412
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 2.5
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

In this course, students learn the holistic assessment of adults with mental health challenges and/or substance use disorders. They also learn the holistic assessment of individuals, families and groups in a variety of community settings. In addition, students learn a variety of psychomotor skills commonly used in mental health and community health nursing practice. Knowledge development occurs through active participation in a variety of experiential learning strategies.

Course Content

In this course, the holistic health assessment of clients experiencing mental health challenges and/or substance use disorders and clients in a variety of community settings is the focus of discussion.  In addition, a variety of psychomotor skills commonly used in nursing practice with clients in mental health settings and in community health nursing settings are addressed. 

Concepts and essential content that will be addressed relative to these topics are listed below.  In addition, the core curriculum concepts are integrated in this course.   

Holistic health assessment of clients with  mental health  challenges and/or substance use disorders, and clients in community settings

  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Focused assessment
  • Screening for vulnerabilities and  resilience
  • Risk assessment
  • Personal Safety

Psychomotor Skills

  • Psychomotor skills commonly used in mental health and community health nursing practice settings
  • Purpose
    • Principles
    • Assessment
    • Engaging with clients
    • Planning
    • Safety
    • Implementation
    • Rationale
    • Evaluation     
  • Relational techniques and skills relevant to community and mental health nursing practice.

Methods of Instruction

It is the intent of faculty to facilitate student learning, and promote critical inquiry, reflection and analytical reasoning through a variety of learning processes such as simulation, practice, observation and demonstration.

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College Evaluation Policy.  A course evaluation schedule and other course evaluation information are provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.  This is a graded course. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for holistic, comprehensive and focused assessment of clients with mental health challenges and/or substance use disorders.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for holistic, comprehensive and focused assessment of clients in a variety of community settings.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for the safe implementation of a variety of relational and other psychomotor skills commonly used in mental health and community health nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate the consolidation, integration and application of knowledge in simulated nursing practice experiences.

course prerequisites

NURS 3311 AND NURS 3312 AND NURS 3313 AND NURS 3315 AND NURS 3316

Students in the BSN program are required to maintain a passing grade of 65% (C+) in all courses in order to progress in the program.

Corequisites

NURS 3411 AND NURS 3413 AND NURS 3415 AND NURS 3417

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.

assessments

If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.