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Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
  • Nicole M. Heimgartner, DNP, RN, COI
  • Kelley S. Madick, PMHNP
  • Cherie R. Rebar, PhD, MBA, RN, COI
Peer Reviewer(s): Laura G. Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, BC
Item#: N1943
Contents: 1 Course Book (100 pages)
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Basic Psychiatric Concepts in Nursing

Price $22.95
Item # N1943
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: October 5, 2018

Expiration Date: October 31, 2021

Teaches basic psychiatric concepts, disorders, treatment modalities, therapeutic communication skills, medications, and cultural variances in how mental illness is perceived and treated in adults and children. Designed for the practicing registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical or vocational nurse (LPN or LVN), this course educates nurses by updating their mental health skills and knowledge of current psychiatric treatments. Also examines broad categories of psychiatric disorders reflective of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed. (DSM-5).


This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1757 - Psychiatric Nursing: Current Trends in Diagnosis and Treatment, 3rd Edition.

Course Objectives

  • Explore ethical, legal, and cultural issues associated with mental health care and treatment.
  • Describe components for obtaining a relevant psychiatric history.
  • Describe symptoms associated with common adult and child psychiatric disorders per the DSM-5.

Nicole M. Heimgartner, DNP, RN, COI, is currently an adjunct professor of nursing at Mercy College and has been a registered nurse since 2008; she holds a baccalaureate degree in nursing from Spalding University, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix, and a doctorate of nursing practice with emphasis in educational leadership from American Sentinel University. Clinically, Dr. Heimgartner is an expert in cardiovascular and community health nursing.

Kelley S. Madick, PMHNP, is a family psychiatric nurse practitioner with two private practices where she sees clients of all ages for initial evaluations and medication management. She also teaches psychiatric nursing for Stark State College’s associate degree registered nurse program and Kaplan University’s online RN-to-BSN program.

Cherie R. Rebar, PhD, MBA, RN, COI, is a professor of nursing at Wittenberg University and has been a registered nurse since 1995; she holds an associate of science in nursing from Kettering College, a baccalaureate degree in education from Morehead State University, a master of science in nursing and master of business administration from the University of Phoenix, a post-master’s certificate in family nurse practitioner studies from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a doctorate in psychology from Northcentral University.

Laura G. Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, BC, holds a faculty position as an advanced senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners; is an honors graduate of Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University; and has a doctoral degree in nursing as well as being board certified as a child/adolescent and adult psychiatric and addictions advanced practice registered nurse.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.