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Psychiatric Nursing of Children and Adolescents

Course name

Psychiatric Nursing of Children & 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
  • clinicians in general practice areas interested in improving their clinical knowledge of pediatric mental health
Course number 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
  • discuss expression, assessment and treatment of specific mental health issues including anxiety, psychosis, mood disorders, ADHD, conduct problems and pervasive development disorders
Tuition $624
Textbooks not included
  • English 12 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent
  • Proof of professional designation in nursing from your regulatory body
Course content The Psychiatric Nursing of Children and Adolescents course includes:
  • 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 using Blackboard V9
  • 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. An orientation to our learning environment is offered prior to starting the course to help the student get comfortable with the format.
Assignments and due dates
  • 3 online discussions
  • 3 assignments
  • 2 quizzes
Grading Minimum grade to pass is 60 percent.
A Continuing Education course certificate is issued on successful completion.
Completion timeframe 4 months (60 hours)

For registration information or further inquiries please contact cehs@douglascollege.ca

Download PNRS 700 Registration Form