Oct 23, 2021  
2020-2021 Rivier Academic Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Rivier Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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NSG 520 - Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Theory I


This course is designed to provide an introduction to advanced mental-health psychiatric nursing of patient populations across the life span through the synthesis of theories and clinical research from nursing, psychiatry, psychology and sociology. Major theoretical perspectives of personality development and psychotherapy will be presented and discussed with the integration of relevant nursing interventions, DSM IV TR diagnostic codes, and relevant nursing diagnoses. Major psychiatric diagnoses will be reviewed with the aim of: 1) understanding their origin, 2) understanding their presentation and impact upon personal and interpersonal functioning, 3) identifying appropriate models of clinical intervention, 4) identifying appropriate psychopharmacological agents and their safe and efficacious utilization, and 5) identifying the educational needs of patients, their families, and healthcare professionals with regard to mental health issues. The role of the nurse as a psychotherapist and psychopharmacologist will be examined with an emphasis on the integration of the art and the science of “caring”.

Prerequisites & Notes
BIO 504 , NSG 502 , NSG 516 , NSG 517 , NSG 518 , NSG 602 , NSG 606  

Co-requisite: NSG 521  

Offered: Spring, Fall Semester



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