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Course : Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practicum III

Course Number
NURS 5523/5533
Section Number
X30, X31
Summer I 2024
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

Course Description

The focus of this course is on diagnosis, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management and outcomes of serious and persistent psychiatric disorders and mental health problems (including complex mental illness and addictions) experienced in individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings. 

Course Objectives:

  1. Integrate a comprehensive psychosocial history into the provision of advanced psychiatric mental health nursing care.
  2. Evaluate the psychiatric mental health of individuals, families, groups, and communities in a wide range of clinical contexts.
  3. Collaborate with interdisciplinary colleagues in providing for health promotion/protection and illness prevention to individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  4. Demonstrate competent application of selected evidence-based strategies in psychotherapy for individuals, families, groups, and communities experiencing psychiatric health problems.
  5. Prescribe psychopharmacotherapy relevent to serious/persistent psychiatric mental health problems.
  6. Integrate roles of advocacy and consultation in advanced psychiatric mental health nursing practice.
  7. Collaborate with interdisciplinary colleagues in the provision of selected therapeutic interventions to individuals, families, groups, and communities experiencing psychiatric mental health problems.
  8. Anticipate and plan for the educational needs of clients and professionals in advanced psychiatric mental health nursing practice.

Student Responsibilities and Class Requirements

Students are accountable for policies regarding graduate nursing programs and completion of requirements for all graduate students as stated in the Graduate Catalog and Graduate Student Handbook. Students are responsible for making appointments with faculty concerning class assignments and clinical responsibilities as necessary and as requested by faculty.

This is an online class and students are expected to have adequate access to a computer and check the course via Bright Space/D2L daily for updates and information. Work will be submitted electronically by the due date. Reading assignments and Bright Space/D2L learning activities, as detailed in the course calendar must be addressed and responded to promptly. All course requirements must be met to pass the course. Reading assignments should be completed as outlined in the course syllabus. Written assignments should be in APA, 7th edition, format. This includes citations and references. All written work submitted for evaluation is to be the work of the student who submits it.

Students must have a valid nursing license to practice for all states in which the student is participating in clinical activities

Progression Policy

As with all graduate courses in the Nursing Programs at MSU, a B (80 or above) must be earned in order to pass the course and progress in the Family PMHNP-NP program. If a grade of C or less is earned in any graduate nursing course, the course must be repeated at the next regular academic semester during which the course is offered. A nursing course may be repeated only once. Refer to the MSU Graduate Catalog for additional information on progression. 

Grading Scale

A grade of A signifies 90-100

A grade of B signifies 80-89

A grade of C signifies 74-79

A grade of D signifies 65-73

A grade of F signifies 64 and below 

This is an online course. The class will meet one time face-to-face on campus for testing on July 27, 2024.

Late Assignments

Students are expected to submit assignments by the time they are due. Assignments submitted after the due date and time will receive a deduction of 10 points for each day the assignment is late. Assignments will be accepted, with a penalty as described, up to a maximum of three days late, after which point a zero will be recorded for the assignment. 

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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