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Psychiatric Nursing Concepts II

Course Code: PNUR 1201
Faculty: Health Sciences
Department: Nursing - Psychiatric
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course examines a person’s experience with ongoing variances in wellness throughout the life cycle and their impact on client system stability and harmony. Health care trends related to primary prevention are built upon from Semester I. The Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Conceptual Framework is expanded upon and applied to the health assessment of the individual client. Human pathophysiology and pharmacological management related to selected exemplars will be discussed. Ongoing exploration of legal and ethical issues of psychiatric nursing practice will occur.

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 experiencing chronic variances of wellness through an understanding, acquisition and application of psychiatric nursing theory. Specific concepts that will be addressed are: 


  • Physiological Variable
    • Metabolism
    • Oxygenation
    • Circulation
    • Cellular Dynamics
    • Elimination
    • Mobility
    • Reproduction
    • Neuro-sensory
    • Protection
  • Psychological Variable
    • Self-concept (self-esteem, body image, identity, self-ideal, roles, sexuality)
    • Emotion (affect, mood)
    • Communication (verbal/non-verbal, speech patterns, use of gestures, language proficiency, accent)
    • Cognition (thinking processes, insight, judgment, intelligence, abstraction, orientation, memory)
    • Perception (perceptual abilities/deficits, meaning-making, alterations: hallucinations, delusions, illusions)
    • Use of Mental Status Exam as an assessment tool
  • Sociocultural Variable
    • Relationships; significant others
    • Social history: family, education, work
    • Awareness of diversity issues, into to culture, sub-culture
    • Genogram, ecomap, lifeline (as tools for assessment)
  • Spiritual Variable
    • Purpose & meaning
    • Interconnectedness
    • Faith
    • Forgiveness/Religion
    • Creativity
    • Transcendence
  • Developmental Variable
    • Growth
    • Lifespan
    • Transition


  • Wellness-Illness Continuum
    • Holism
    • Determinants of Health
    • Variance from Wellness
    • Prevention as Intervention--Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Universal experiences: Crisis, Hope, Comfort, Loss, Power, Integrity, Resiliency
  • Professional Values
    • Professional attributes: Compassion, Comportment, Commitment, Conscience, Competence, Confidence, Collegiality
    • Legal & Ethical issues & guidelines
    • Professional Standards for Psychiatric Nursing
    • Professional Role
    • Cultural Competence
    • Advocacy
  • Professional Caring
    • Nursing Process
    • Therapeutic Use of Self
    • Clinical Skills
    • Teaching & Learning
    • Group Process
  • Health Care Delivery System
    • Primary Health Care
    • Psychosocial Rehabilitation
    • Case Management
    • Interprofessional Collaboration
    • Leadership
    • Information Technology (Infomatics)
    • Program Management


  • Cursory application of pharmacological principles to exemplars

Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Conceptual Framework

  • Variables
  • Client system
  • Basic structure, process, function
  • Environment
  • Lines of Defense & Lines of Resistance
  • Health, Wellness-Illness continuum
  • Prevention as Intervention
  • Stressors, stability
  • Recovery

Methods of Instruction

It is the intent of faculty to facilitate student learning, foster ways of knowing and promote critical thinking through a variety of teaching/learning methods including lecture, audio-visual aids, group discussion, case study analysis, computer assisted learning programs and group and/or individual research and presentations

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

Students will continue to develop their understanding of the Douglas College Department of Psychiatric Nursing conceptual framework and the Psychiatric Nursing curricular threads (wellness-illness continuum, professional values, professional caring & health care delivery system), and within the context of the environmental, health and psychiatric nursing domains, will integrate the care of the person domain (client system, psychological, physiological, sociocultural, spiritual & developmental variables) for clients experiencing chronic variances in wellness. Students will acquire and begin to apply knowledge pertaining to pathophysiology and pharmacology concepts related to selected illness exemplars.

course prerequisites

PNUR 1101, PNUR 1121,

PNUR 1130


PNUR 1221, PNUR 1230, PNUR 1250,

PNUR 1261

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.


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