Mental Health Care
After completing this course, you will be able to:
Chapter 1: Therapeutic communication skills and treatment modalities
- Identify variables that influence communication between a nurse and a patient.
- Describe principles and techniques that enhance communication.
- Explain various treatment modalities used by psychiatric-mental health nurses.
Chapter 2: Legal aspects of psychiatric-mental health nursing
- List 6 types of psychiatric commitments.
- Describe 3 types of involuntary commitments.
- Describe client’s rights in a clinical setting.
Chapter 3: Disorders usually first evident in infancy, childhood, or adolescence
- Describe characteristics displayed by an autistic child.
- Describe the behavioral symptoms of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
- Provide a nursing diagnosis of oppositional defiant disorder.
Chapter 4: Delirium, dementia, and amnestic and other cognitive disorders
- List common symptoms of delirium, dementia, and amnestic disorders.
- List medications used for detoxification.
- Identify common physiologic causes of cognitive disorders.
- List symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Chapter 5: Substance-related disorders
- List characteristic effects from the use of major substances.
- Distinguish between substance dependence and substance abuse.
- List common withdrawal symptoms associated with psychoactive drugs.
- Provide nursing diagnoses, interventions, and rationales for substance abuse.
- Review medications used for various substance-abuse disorders.
Chapter 6: Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
- Provide examples of positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia.
- Formulate communication strategies for dealing with a schizophrenic patient.
- Identify various types of schizophrenia and their common symptoms.
- Provide nursing diagnoses, interventions and rationales for altered thought processes, social isolation, and risk for violence.
- Describe main characteristics of delusional disorder.
Chapter 7: Mood disorders
- Provide a diagnosis of major depressive disorder.
- List typical symptoms of depression.
- Identify factors that contribute to suicide risk.
- Provide indications for electroconvulsive therapy and describe the ECT procedure.
- Describe bipolar disorders and suggest appropriate communication strategies.
Chapter 8: Anxiety disorders
- Describe panic disorder and list symptoms of panic attack.
- Provide nursing diagnoses, interventions, and rationales for a client with panic disorder.
- Explain behavior modification techniques used in the treatment of phobias.
- Describe obsessive-compulsive disorder and provide nursing diagnoses and interventions.
- Describe posttraumatic stress disorder and list symptoms associated with it.
- List symptoms associated with generalized anxiety disorder and provide nursing interventions.
Chapter 9: Somatoform disorders
- List symptoms associated with somatization disorder.
- Explain conversion disorder.
- Distinguish between somatization disorder and hypochondriasis.
- Describe pain disorder and provide nursing interventions.
Chapter 10: Dissociative disorders
- Describe how dissociative amnesia occurs.
- Identity types of memory loss associated with dissociative amnesia.
- Describe dissociative identity disorder.
Chapter 11: Eating disorders
- Describe and differentiate between two types of anorexia nervosa.
- Establish long- and short-term goals in the treatment of anorexia nervosa and provide nursing interventions.
- Discuss therapies that have been found useful in the treatment of anorexia nervosa.
- Provide nursing interventions that will decrease the incidence of binge-purge behaviors.
Chapter 12: Adjustment disorders
- Identify common types of stressors that bring on adjustment disorders.
- List symptoms associated with adjustment disorders.
- List common stress management techniques.
Chapter 13: Personality disorders
- Discuss the three main clusters of personality disorders.
- Discuss and differentiate between four cluster B personal disorders.
- Suggest communication strategies for clients with cluster B personality disorders.
- Discuss the three cluster C personality disorders.
Chapter 14: Psychological factors affecting medical condition
- Identify psychological factors that affect medical problems.
- Describe the course of psychologically induced physiologic disturbances.
Chapter 15: Sleep disorders
- Discuss three major groups of sleep disorders.
- Describe various stages of sleep in adults.
- Provide nursing interventions to achieve the goal of a client to sleep sufficiently to feel well rested.
- Teach sleep hygiene techniques to a client.
Chapter 16: Special needs of the homeless person with chronic mental illness
- Explain the special needs of the homeless person with chronic mental illness.
Chapter 17: Special needs of the abused person
- Describe 5 types of child abuse.
- Identify characteristics of abused children.
- Discuss various types of partner abuse.
- Identify stressors that contribute to partner abuse.
- Define elder abuse.
- Identify indicators of elder abuse.
Chapter 18: Special needs of the person with HIV/AIDS
- List common psychiatric symptoms associated with AIDS.
- Provide nursing diagnoses, interventions, and rationales for clients with HIV/AIDS.
"The entire course was very good. It has been
helpful to me in both my practice and in my relationships."
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