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Psychiatric Nursing Community Concepts

Course Code: PNUR 4572
Faculty: Health Sciences
Department: Nursing - Psychiatric
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

The focus of this 3-credit course is to introduce the learner to concepts related to mental health practice in the community. The continuum of community care is explored including the historical development, influencing factors, and theoretical underpinnings in providing population based nursing within a health promotion framework. Concepts provide a foundation for understanding community mental health nursing using best practices. An overview of assessment techniques related to community mental health nursing will be explored using the Community as Partner Model Systems Framework as a guide both to psychiatric nursing theory and application for working with clients and aggregate populations in community mental health. This course guides the learner to build on previous knowledge of nursing theory and experiences. The roles and responsibilities of the psychiatric nurse in caring for individuals experiencing serious and persistent mental health disorders will be explored in the context of community heath models of care.

Course Content

1. An extensive overview of the community mental health system.  

2. The evolution of the community mental health system. 

3. Community mental health system, including the role of stakeholders in the community mental health system.

4. Legislation that directly impacts the care of individuals with serious and persistent mental health issues.

5. The interface between the criminal justice system and mental health. 

6. Interventions and programs to address the health of individuals living in the community with persistent mental illness are examined.  

7.  The impact of poverty and housing to mental health.

8. The risk factors, incidence, and treatment of selected communicable infections (i.e. HIV/AIDS & TB).    

9. Health promotion in the context of the health of populations. 

10. The Community as Partner model.

11. The health of vulnerable or marginalized populations.

Methods of Instruction

Students will acquire knowledge and skill and learn to apply concepts through a variety of means of instruction and activities, including: lecture, demonstration, audio-visual aids, case studies, debate forums, critical thinking exercises and teamwork. 

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

Course Learning Outcomes

Overview of Community Mental Health (CMH)

  1. Explore and apply explanatory models in community mental health
    1. Recovery
    2. Trauma Informed Practice
    3. Stress/Vulnerability Model 
  2. Describe a continuum of CMH services
  3. Describe the role and impact of community case management on the health of individuals with serious and persistent mental illness
  4. Explore the impact of inter professional collaboration on CMH nursing practice
  5. Apply applicable legalization to CMH nursing practice, including mental health act, and consent, capability, & confidentiality
  6. Consider Professional Standards for Psychiatric Nursing , Ethics, and Best practices in the context of CMH nursing practice

Application of the Nursing Process to CMH practice

Describe the assessment process in CMH

  1. Describe secondary/tertiary prevention in CMH, such as
  2. Describe pharmacological intervention
  3. Explore Recovery/relapse prevention
  4. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for variances in mood and thinking
  5. Use the nursing process to examine micro and macro strategies to address housing, hoarding, and homelessness
  6. Use the nursing process to describe care (individual and population) for communicable infections:
    1. HIV
    2. TB

Population Health and Health Promotion in a Nursing Context 

  1. Describe population health and health promotion
  2. Explore the determinants of health in the context of CMH
  3. Apply the Community as Partner Model to population health
  4. Explore the needs of vulnerable populations including  Aboriginal health in a population health framework
  5. Discuss issues such as cultural safety, social justice and advocacy in psychiatric nursing and population health

course prerequisites

PNUR 3401, PNUR 3421, PNUR 3430, PNUR 
3341, PNUR 3461

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.