Nursing: Caring for Patients with Mental Health Issues: Strategies for All Nurses, 2nd Ed.

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About Course #N1758

Release Date: November 30, 2017

Expiration Date: November 30, 2020

30 Contact hours | 1.4 Pharmacology hours   All nurses in the general healthcare setting must be prepared to support patients'; mental health care needs. This course is designed as a general review of psychiatric and mental health conditions that nurses in any general-practice or non-psychiatric specialty nursing area may encounter. It provides information about which mental health issues to expect, and possible nursing interventions that can help patients cope with their unique situations.

It is essential for nurses to maintain and update skills needed to care for patients who have mental health issues, or psychiatric symptoms or disorders, in order to provide all patients with the best possible care. This course is designed to enhance the skills required by nonpsychiatric nurses when caring for patients with psychiatric and mental health issues in general health care settings. Psychiatric and mental health nurses may also receive new insight into the general medical patient with a psychiatric condition from this course.

This course should not be taken in conjunction with N1885 - Recognizing Mental Health Issues Co-Occurring With Medical Conditions or N1886 - Nursing Management of Patients With Mental Health Conditions.

About the Authors

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.

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.

Course Disclosures

  • 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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  • Laura G. Leahy has disclosed that she is a steering committee member for Alkermes, Inc., and she is a consultant and speaker for Genomind-Personalized Medicine and NEOS Therapeutics. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence.

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