Nursing: Nursing Management of Patients with Mental Health Conditions

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About Course #N1886

Release Date: December 7, 2017

Expiration Date: November 30, 2020

15 Contact hours | 0.6 Pharmacology hours This course is designed as a review of mental health and psychiatric conditions that nurses working in any general practice or nonpsychiatric specialty practice area may encounter. It provides information on common mental health conditions encountered and possible nursing interventions that can help patients cope with their unique situations.

This course discusses the importance of establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal communication with patients and the challenges of recognizing and assessing patients with mental health conditions. Specific mental health conditions addressed include anxiety, depressive and bipolar disorders, suicidal ideation, psychosis, substance use disorders, PTSD, eating disorders, potentially aggressive behavior, and confusion. It is essential for all nurses to maintain and update the skills needed to care for patients with 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 conditions in general health care settings.

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.

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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  • Peer reviewer 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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