Nov 26, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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NUR 273 - Advanced Psychiatric Assessment


Semester Hours: 2
This course will focus on all the elements involved in conducting a psychiatric assessment: interviewing technique, methods for gathering pertinent data in order to conduct the assessment, use of standardized diagnostic instruments and use of clinical reasoning in arriving at a differential diagnosis. An innovative learning method, using Case-Based Learning as well as embedding Psychiatric Assessment with Psychopharmacology, provides learning opportunities to develop both differential diagnoses in Advanced Psychiatric Assessment, as well apply the pharmacotherapeutic principles in the management of the same case.  Advanced Psychiatric Assessment and Psychopharmacology will be integrated through PEARLS cases, simulation and clinical correlations.  Emphasis is placed on how to build a working relationship with the client and grasp the narrative of their illness experience. The course will also consider how to involve clients in treatment planning and making appropriate treatment recommendations. Diagnostic interviewing and assessment of patients across the lifespan will be considered.  At the final weeks of the course, the student will conduct a psychiatric assessment with a standardized patient. The process of learning will be holistic, scientifically sound, evidence based and patient-centered care, delivered through an interprofessional learning framework and faculty. In the process of learning the assessment process, a historical perspective of the evolution of the need for the psychiatric clinical nurse specialist to transition to the role of the nurse practitioner will illuminate changes in the assessment process to advance psychiatric mental health care.

Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes:
NUR 201, 202 , 203 .





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