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Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice III

Course Details

Course Number
Summer I 2014
Days & Times

This is an online class

Dr. Kimberly Mercer (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Integrate a comprehensive psycho-social history into the provision of advanced psychiatric mental health nursing care.

2. Evaluate the psychiatric mental health of individuals, families, groups and communities in a wide range of clinical contexts.

3. Collaborate with interdisciplinary colleagues in providing for health promotion / protection & illness prevention to individuals, families, groups and communities.

4. Demonstrate competent application of selected evidence-based strategies in psychotherapy of individuals, groups, communities and families experiencing psychiatric mental-health problems.

5. Prescribe psycho-pharmacotherapy relevant to serious / persistent psychiatric mental-health problems.

6. Integrate roles of advocacy and consultation in advanced psychiatric mental health nursing practice.

7. Collaborate with interdisciplinary colleagues in the provision of selected therapeutic interventions to individuals, families, groups and communities experiencing psychiatric mental health problems.

8.Anticipate and plan for the educational needs of clients and professionals in advanced psychiatric mental health nursing practice. 


Course Expectations


In order to pass NURS 5401 and NURS 5404 containing both didactic/classroom and clinical requirements, the student must pass both the didactic/classroom and clinical components of the course.

In addition, the student must pass both Midterm and Final Clinical Practicums to receive a passing clinical grade for the course. All required paperwork (your evaluation of your preceptor, your preceptor’s evaluation of you, sign off sheet, with your list of hours form) must be received in order to PASS the course.


If a student receives less than passing (80%) on either the average of the didactic components, the average of the clinical assignments, or either of the clinical practicum, the maximum grade earned for the course will be 79% and the student will not be permitted to progress in the program. Passing score on each practicum examination and on the average of the didactic assignments is 80%.  Only one attempt is allowed for each practicum. It is the student’s responsibility to know their grade status.


Assignment/Exam Collaboration Policy

The faculty considers collaboration during assignments and examinations as cheating and cheating is in violation of Midwestern Policy.  A score of zero (0) will be given for students participating in collaboration of assignments and exams. Providing a student with written assignments, or examination information from a course previously taken at MSU, is cheating. Cheating is ground for dismissal from the program.


Exam Proctoring

Exams will need to be scheduled with a proctor. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange to take these exams in a proctored setting. Contact a college or university near you and find out about their testing center, procedures, costs, etc. Proctor Guidelines and Proctor Form can be found on home page.

Proctor forms must be submitted to Stacey Smith or fax: (940) 397-4532.  She can be reached at (940) 397-6370. Forms must be submitted at least three weeks in advance.


Faculty Site Visit Option

Site visits with Practicum will be arranged at the faculty's discretion.

Grading Standards


Grading Scale

A             90-100

B             80-89

C             74-79

D             65-73

F              64 and below






The grade for the NURS 5401/5404 will be based upon the following criteria:


Evaluation Components

% of Grade


Didactic/Classroom Assignments:



  • Discussion #1
  • Discussion # 2






  • Analysis of Treatment Guidelines Paper



  • TMM



  • Mock Certification Exam










Clinical Assignments:



  • Mid-Term Practicum – Must PASS



  • Final Practicum – Must PASS




  • Completion of all clinical hours



  • Completion of E-Log documentation



  • Completion of all required paperwork (evaluations.)








Submission Format Policy


Assignment File Naming

All assignments will be submitted through D2L ASSIGNMENT SECTION. 

E-mailing assignments is not acceptable and may not be considered for grading.  When uploading an assignment to the assignment section of D2L, please use the following guidelines for naming of the files. Your last name, assignment name:  Example: Smith-SoapNote3Revised.doc. 

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy


Late Assignments

Late assignments will be accepted with a deduction of 10 points for each day, up to three days total, the assignment is late.  After the third day late, the student will be awarded a 0. 

All assignments must be uploaded to D2L in the Assignment section by the due date and time.  If the student has computer problems the assignment must then be submitted on time in the D2L course webmail section WITH prior notice to faculty and subsequent approval.  This is to be used in emergency situations only.


Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

This is an online class.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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