Nursing: Psychiatric Nursing: Current Trends in Diagnosis and Treatment, 3rd Edition

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About the Course

This course provides information to help nurses update their mental health skills and knowledge of current psychiatric treatments. The course discusses psychiatric disorders, treatment modalities, therapeutic communication skills, medications, and cultural variances in how mental illness is perceived and treated in adults and children. The broad categories of psychiatric disorders reflective of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) are also presented.

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Explore ethical, legal, and cultural issues associated with mental health care and treatment.
  • Describe components for obtaining a relevant psychiatric history.
  • Describe symptoms associated with common adult and child psychiatric disorders per the DSM-5.
  • Identify current treatment modalities and medications used for various mental health disorders.
  • Discuss a nursing plan of care and interventions for specific patient scenarios.
  • Identify appropriate nursing measures for promoting safety and maximizing function.

About the Authors:

Ann Harms, EdD, MSN, RN, is an assistant professor at Creighton University College of Nursing at Hastings Campus and has taught psychiatric/mental health nursing since 2003. She has a BSN from Marymount College in Salina, Kansas, a MSN from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, and a doctorate in the education of healthcare professionals from the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Nebraska.

Nicole M. Heimgartner, DNP, RN, COI, is an adjunct professor of nursing at Mercy College and has been an RN since 2008.  She has a BSN from Spalding University, a MSN from the University of Phoenix, and a DNP with an emphasis in educational leadership from American Sentinel University. Clinically, Dr. Heimgartner is an expert in cardiovascular and community health nursing.

Joseph M. Holshoe, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner and a commander in the U.S. Public Health Services. He currently serves as the deputy chief, Department of Behavioral Health, Bassett Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. A recognized speaker on sleep, psychiatry, and military psychiatry, he has spoken to numerous professional audiences around the country.

Kelley S. Madick, PMHNP, is a family psychiatric nurse practitioner with two private practices where she sees clients of all ages for initial evaluations and medication management. She teaches psychiatric nursing for Stark State College’s associate degree registered nurse program and Kaplan University’s online RN-to-BSN program.

Cindy Parsons, DNP, ARNP, FAANP, BC, is an associate professor of nursing at the University of Tampa and maintains a part-time private practice. She is board-certified as a family psychiatric nurse practitioner and a child and adolescent psychiatric clinical specialist. She is an active member of her local, state, and national nursing and nurse practitioner organizations and serves as the chair of the Quality and Unity in Nursing Council, as well as being the membership chair for the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network. She has a doctorate of nursing practice from Rush University, Illinois, and her nurse practitioner preparation was earned from Pace University, New York.

Cherie R. Rebar, PhD, MBA, RN, COI, is a professor of nursing at Wittenberg University and has been an RN since 1995.  She has an ADN from Kettering College, a baccalaureate degree in education from Morehead State University, an MSN and MBA from the University of Phoenix, a post-master’s certificate in family nurse practitioner studies from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a doctorate in psychology from Northcentral University.

Disclaimer: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC.

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