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Disorders of mental health for RN/RPN (PNRS 114)

 

Course Name

 

Disorders of Mental Health for RNs and RPNs

 

Course Description

 

This course is designed for Registered Nurses (RN) and Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN) who wish to enhance their skills in working with clients experiencing mental health issues and their families.

 

Theory related to mental health disorders including neurobiology and psychopharmacology will be reviewed. Mental health challenges such as anxiety, mood, schizophrenic, substance-related (concurrent disorders), personality, eating and cognitive impairment disorders will be discussed. This course is evaluated through three multiple-choice examinations.

 

RNs and RPNs may register for specific professional development purposes, or as part of the RN Mental Health Nursing or Psychiatric Nursing Refresher certificate programs. Students interested in completing a certificate program must apply for admission and be accepted into the program. Details of the required documents and program application forms are available on the program web page. Please note that a maximum of one course completed for professional development may be applied toward satisfaction of certificate program requirements.

 

 

Subject Code

 

PNRS 114

 

 

Learning Objectives

 

By the end of this course, students will

  • meet the learning objectives outlined in each section of the course material;
  • identify nursing interventions for working with people experiencing mental health disorders; and
  • develop self-awareness into own attitudes toward the various disorders of mental health.

 

 

Tuition

 

$796.00


Textbooks not included. Contact the Douglas College Bookstore for prices and ordering information.

 

 

Pre-requisites

 

Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or LPI score of 4 or equivalent is required. Students who register are understood to be confirming successful completion of this requirement. Proof of successful completion is not required on registration, but may be requested by Douglas College.

 

 

Course Content

 

Topics covered include:

  • psychopharmacology;
  • anxiety and somatoform disorders;
  • mood disorders;
  • schizophrenic disorders;
  • substance-related disorders;
  • personality disorders;
  • eating disorders; and
  • cognitive impairment disorders.

 

 

Learning Resources

 

Austin & Boyd, Psychiatric Nursing for Canadian Practice

 

Available through the Douglas College Bookstore.

 

 

Instruction Method

 

Interactive online course in Blackboard

 

Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.

 

 

Assignments

 

  • 5 short assignments
  • 3 multiple choice exams

 

 

Grading

 

 

Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).

 

This course may be taken independently or as part of the RN Mental Health Nursing Certificate or Psychiatric Nursing Refresher Certificate programs.

 

 

Completion Timeframe

 

6 months (250 hours) from course start date

 

 

Registration and Course Start

 

Registration is easy; simply complete the CE-HS Registration Form and submit it to: cehs@douglascollege.ca, with proof of completion of the pre-requisite requirements. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.

 

Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.

 

 Start Date  CRN Deadline to Register
June 3, 2019   21283 (RN) / 21284 (RPN)  May 24, 2019
July 2, 2019   21283 (RN) / 21284 (RPN)  June 21, 2019   
August 6, 2019   provided by dept July 26, 2019  

*for fall semester, registration will open Aug 12, 2019

Sep 9, 2019 provided by dept Aug 30, 2019
Oct 7, 2019 provided by dept Sep 27, 2019
Nov 4, 2019 provided by dept Oct 25, 2019
Dec 2, 2019 provided by dept Nov 22, 2019

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