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Psychiatric Nursing of Children and adolescents (PNRS 700)



Course Name


Psychiatric Nursing of Children and Adolescents



Course Description


Psychiatric Nursing of Children and Adolescents is an online course designed to develop the clinician’s knowledge and skill in prevention, assessment and treatment of mental health issues experienced by children and adolescents and their families.


This course is designed for

  • Nursing students and new Nursing graduates interested in working in the area of child and youth mental health;
  • clinicians with experience in adult mental health interested in working with children and adolescents; and
  • clinicians in general practice areas interested in improving their clinical knowledge of pediatric mental health.




Subject Code


PNRS 700




Learning Objectives


Upon successful completion of the program, the learner will:

  • understand and be able to apply the Neuman Systems Model in the clinical setting;
  • understand and be able to discuss ethical considerations in the psychiatric nursing of children and adolescents;
  • have developed a framework for conducting assessment interviews with clients; and
  • discuss expression, assessment and treatment of specific mental health issues including anxiety, psychosis, mood disorders, ADHD, conduct problems, and pervasive development disorders.







Textbooks not included






  • 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.
  • Proof of professional designation in nursing from your regulatory body




Course Content


Topics include:

  • Ethical Considerations
  • Classification, Assessment and Treatment
  • Anxiety Disorders in Children and Youth
  • Mood Disorders in Children and Youth
  • Suicide in Youth
  • Self-Injury in Youth
  • Psychosis in Children and Youth
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders


Clinical symptoms, classification, epidemiology, the developmental progression of a disorder, causal hypotheses, risk factors and prevention will be considered and critically examined. Evidenced-based preventions and interventions will also be discussed for each mental illness, as well as skills in assessing and interviewing the child and adolescent. Understanding the roles and responsibilities of the clinician working with children and adolescents will be highlighted throughout the course.




Learning Resources


All resource materials are available online




Instruction Method



  • ·online readings and videos
  • weekly discussions related to each unit


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.






  • 3 online discussions
  • 3 assignments
  • 2 quizzes






This course is graded as Mastery/Non-Mastery.


A Continuing Education course certificate is issued on successful completion.




Completion Timeframe


4 months (60 hours) from course start date




Registration and course start


Registration is easy; simply complete the CE-HS Registration Form and submit it to:, 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.


Winter 2020

Start Date CRN
Deadline to Register
Jan 6, 2020 provided by dept Dec 20, 2019
Feb 3, 2020 provided by dept Jan 24, 2020
Mar 2, 2020 provided by dept Feb 21, 2020
Apr 6, 2020 provided by dept Mar 27, 2020



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