Course Preview

  • Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 8 Contact Hours
  • Ann Harms, EdD, MSN, RN
  • Nicole M. Heimgartner, DNP, RN, COI
  • Joseph M. Holshoe, PMHNP-BC
  • Kelley S. Madick, PMHNP
  • Cindy Parsons, DNP, ARNP, FAANP, BC
  • Cherie R. Rebar, PhD, MBA, RN, COI
Peer Reviewer(s): Laura G. Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, BC
Item#: N1944
Contents: 1 Course Book (156 pages)
Expand your knowledge with the WS365 Online
Nursing Membership
Includes our entire library of nursing CE courses. 1 year for only $124

Psychiatric Disorders in Primary Care Nursing

Price $33.95
Item # N1944
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: October 22, 2018

Expiration Date: October 31, 2021

This course examines psychiatric disorders in primary care nursing using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed. (DSM-5), (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Substance use and depressive disorders are covered, with attention placed on the more commonly encountered diagnoses. Practical applications are emphasized. In most chapters, a case study will be presented that will include study questions. The reader will also be provided with a sample “Nursing Plan of Care,”. Chapter objectives and pretest and posttest questions are also included.


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

  • Identify the characteristics and scope of substance use disorders in U.S. society, including the recognition and treatment of withdrawal syndromes.
  • Describe the symptoms associated with major depression and related disorders.
  • Discuss the spectrum of trauma- and stressor-related disorders and their treatment and nursing care.

Ann Harms, EdD, MSN, RN, is an assistant professor at Creighton University College of Nursing at Hastings Campus and has taught psychiatric/mental health nursing since 2003. She has a bachelor of science in nursing from Marymount College in Salina, Kansas; a master of science in nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver; and a doctorate in the education of healthcare professionals from the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Nebraska.

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.

Joseph M. Holshoe, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner and a commander in the U.S. Public Health Services. He currently serves as the deputy chief, Department of Behavioral Health, Bassett Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. A recognized speaker on sleep, psychiatry, and military psychiatry, he has spoken to numerous professional audiences around the country.

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.

Cindy Parsons, DNP, ARNP, FAANP, BC, is an associate professor of nursing at the University of Tampa and maintains a part-time private practice. She is board certified as a family psychiatric nurse practitioner and a child and adolescent psychiatric clinical specialist. She is an active member of her local, state, and national nursing and nurse practitioner organizations and serves as the chair of the Quality and Unity in Nursing Council as well as being the membership chair for the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network. She has a doctorate of nursing practice from Rush University, Illinois, and her nurse practitioner preparation was earned from Pace University, New York.

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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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.