Psychiatric and Mental Health Care

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Learning Objectives

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

Table of Contents

  1. Therapeutic Communication Skills and Treatment Modalities
  2. Legal Aspects of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
  3. Disorders Usually First Evident in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence
  4. Delirium, Dementia, and Amnestic and Other Cognitive Disorders
  5. Substance-Related Disorders
  6. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
  7. Mood Disorders
  8. Anxiety Disorders
  9. Somatoform Disorders
  10. Dissociative Disorders
  11. Eating Disorders
  12. Adjustment Disorders
  13. Personality Disorders
  14. Psychological Factors Affecting Medical Condition
  15. Sleep Disorders
  16. Special Needs of the Homeless Person with Chronic Mental Illness
  17. Special Needs of the Abused Person
  18. Special Needs of the Person with H1V/AIDS


  1. NANDA-Approved Nursing Diagnoses
  2. DSM-IV Classification: Categories and Codes
  3. Mental Status Assessment
  4. Psychiatric Medications
  5. Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders

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