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Professional Psychiatric Nursing Concepts

Course Code: PNUR 3700
Faculty: Health Sciences
Department: Nursing - Psychiatric
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Partially Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

Methods of Instruction

  • Self-study Print Materials
  • Reading Assignments
  • Tutor Assistance
  • Teleconference

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.

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.

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.