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  • Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 10 Contact Hours
  • Karen S. Ward, PhD, MSN, RN, COI
  • Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT
Peer Reviewer(s): Laura G. Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, CARN-AP, FAANP
Item#: N1885
Contents: 1 Course Book (168 pages)
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Recognizing Mental Health Issues Co-Occurring With Medical Conditions

Price $33.95
Item # N1885
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: December 11, 2017

Expiration Date: November 30, 2020

Patients with a medical condition may display psychiatric symptoms or responses, and sometimes longer lasting mental health problems. All nurses practicing in a general healthcare setting must be prepared to assist patients with maintaining optimal mental health. This course is focused on those psychiatric and mental health issues related to a chronic medical condition that nurses working in a general or non-psychiatric nursing specialty area may encounter.

The course specifically details common mental health issues observed in patients with sleep-wake disorders, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, and diabetes, and nursing care and interventions for patients with these conditions to help prevent chronic mental illness. The course also addresses mental health issues seen among patients who have suffered a stroke, lost a body part, or have experienced sensory loss.

This course is designed to enhance the skills required by those nurses without specific mental health training caring for patients with psychiatric and mental health issues in general practice settings. By taking this course, psychiatric nurses may also receive new insight into the general medical patient with a related mental health issue or problem.


This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1758 - Caring for Patients With Mental Health Issues: Strategies for All Nurses, 2nd Edition.

CCMs - This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit (8 hours) to Certified Case Managers (CCMs)

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the components of the communication process and interpersonal skills that are used to
    enhance the quality of nursing care for patients with mental health issues.
  • Discuss strategies used to identify and assess patients with psychiatric and mental health issues.
  • Describe the various types of sleep-wake disorders and their management.
  • Discuss common psychosocial and behavioral processes observed in patients with cardiovascular disease.
  • Describe common mental health issues in patients with chronic kidney disease.
  • Describe the common psychological responses of patients to a diagnosis of diabetes.
  • Recognize patients’ common psychological responses to a stroke, its treatment, and the rehabilitation process.
  • Describe common psychological responses to the loss of a body part.
  • Recognize common psychological responses to a sensory loss.

Karen S. Ward, PhD, MSN, RN, COI, received BSN and MSN degrees in psychiatric-mental health nursing from Vanderbilt University and a PhD in developmental psychology from Cornell University. She is a professor at the Middle Tennessee State University School of Nursing, where she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Ward’s work has been published in journals such as Nurse Educator, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Journal of Emotional Abuse, and Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. She has also presented her work at local, regional, and international conferences. Her research interests include child and adolescent maltreatment, mental health, and wellness issues (stress and depression), leadership variables, and survivorship.

Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT, received an MSN in holistic nursing from Tennessee State University School of Nursing and a PhD in health psychology with a focus in psychoneuroimmunology from Walden University. She has expertise in public health, psychiatric nursing, wellness, and disease prevention. In addition to being a researcher, Dr. Wilson has been editor of the International Journal of Childbirth Education since 2011, and has more than 100 publications with specialties in holistic nursing, psychoneuroimmunology, and grief counseling. Dr. Wilson has a private practice as a holistic mnurse and is an internationally known speaker on stress and self-care. Dr. Wilson was named the 2017-2018 American Holistic Nurse of the Year. She is on the faculty at both Austin Peay State University School of Nursing and at Walden University.

Laura G. Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, CARN-AP, FAANP, holds a master’s degree in child and family psychiatric/mental health nursing from University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and a doctor of nursing practice degree from Drexel University. Dr. Leahy is on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and is a course instructor for the postdoctoral master’s degree in psychopharmacology program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is the founder of APNSolutions, LLC, an Advanced Practice Nurse–managed psychiatric and addictions practice in Sewell, New Jersey. Dr. Leahy has held numerous leadership positions with the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Society of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses. An invited lecturer at local, regional, and national conferences, she is the psychopharmacology section editor for the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services.

  • 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.