District Syllabus
Mental Health Nursing I

Credit Hours: 1
Contact Hours: 1
Laboratory Fee: $20
Prerequisites: NUR1020C Introduction To Nursing
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
An introductory course designed for beginning nursing 
students to develop knowledge and skills with concepts such as: 
therapeutic environment, therapeutic communication, therapeutic 
relationships and additional foundations for safe and effective 
care. Studies will encompass legal and ethical issues of the nurse, 
including Florida Statutes, and the concept of professional 
Required Materials: Books:
  • Varcarolis, E.M. & Halter, M.J.. Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: A Communication Approach to Evidence-Based Care, 2nd ed., Saunders-Elsevier, 2013. ISBN: 9781455706617
  • Potter, R.A. & Perry, A.G.. Fundamentals of Nursing, 8th ed., Elsevier-Mosby, 2013. ISBN: 9780323079334
  • Varcarolis, E.M.. Manuel of Psychiatric Nursing Care Plans, 4th ed., Saunders-Elsevier, 2011. ISBN: 9781437717822
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: As outline in the Nursing Student Handbook
Program Learning Outcomes:
Program Outcome 1: Patient-Centered Care
Advocate for patients, recognizing the patient or designee as the 
source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and 
coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, 
and needs.

Program Outcome 2: Teamwork and Collaboration
Collaborate effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, 
fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-
making to achieve quality patient care.


Program Outcome 3:Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)
Use nursing judgment based on best current evidence to provide safe 
care for patients and families across the lifespan.

Program Outcome 4: Quality Improvement (QI)
Apply principles of quality improvement to monitor the outcomes of 
care and minimize risk of harm to patients and providers.

Program Outcome 5: Safety
Employ practices to ensure safety of patients and improve outcomes 
of care.

PROGRAM OUTCOME 6: Informatics
Use information and technology to communicate, document care, 
minimize error, and support decision making.

PROGRAM OUTCOME 7: Professionalism
Demonstrate professionalism in the implementation of the role of the 
registered nurse.
Course Learning Outcomes:
Patient Centered Care

1. Explore ethical and legal implication of patient-centered care, 
describe the limits and boundaries of therapeutic patient-centered 
care or relationships and facilitate informed patient consent for 

Team Work and Collaboration

2. Communicate with team members, adapting style of communicating to 
needs of the team and the situation, demonstrating commitment to 
team goals and actions to resolve conflicts.

Evidence Based Practice

3. Use reliable sources for locating evidence reports related to 
clinical practice topics and guidelines.

Quality Improvement

4. Use tools to that explain the importance of variation and 
measurement in assessing quality of care.

5. Communicate observations or concerns related to hazards and 
errors to patients, families and the health care team and use 
organizational error reporting systems for near miss and error 


6. Apply technology and information management tools to support safe 
processes of care.


7. Maintain professional behavior and appearance.

8.Comply with the Nursing Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, and 
policies and procedures of Pensacola State College, Department of 
Nursing, and clinical agencies.

9.Accept individual responsibility and accountability for nursing 
interventions, outcomes, and other actions.
Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 
instructor, within the policies of the College and the department.  
Detailed explanations are included in the expanded Syllabus 
developed by the instructor for each section being taught.

Learning activities may include: online lecture-discussion, 
activities, and multi-media learning support materials, written 
assignments and online exams, and required and suggested reading 
assignments. In addition to the assigned learning activities, 
students are encouraged to explore multimedia resources provided on 
the LMS related to the nursing care of patients in mental health 
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

Student Email Accounts: Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.

Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

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