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4414. Theory and Nursing Practice for Behavioral and Health

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: To enroll in this course, a student must have earned a "C" or better in NURS 4304. Student must be accepted into Basic Nursing (CEIN/B.S.) Certificate Program.

Grading Basis: Graded

Major theoretical perspectives regarding etiology and treatment of psychiatric illness are described and discussed including biological, psychological, sociological and environmental factors. The evolving role of the nurse with regard to promoting mental health, patient advocacy, and preventing and/or minimizing adverse sequelae to psychiatric illness are explored, including use of therapeutic communication, critical thinking and application of the nursing process to assist individuals and families with a variety of behavioral health problems. Provides experience in clinical and simulation learning environments for the application of theory from nursing and related disciplines to behavioral health. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse in the delivery of interdisciplinary care.

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