Psychiatric Nursing (PSYN)

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PSYN 2110  2 credits  
Health and Healing 1: Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing  

Students will explore the concepts of mental health nursing through the examination of historical, social, cultural and political influences regarding mental health and wellness. They will examine the role of a mental health professional as a therapeutic agent. Students will also develop an understanding of their role in mental health. Note: This course may be in class and/or online.

Level: UG

Co-requisite(s): HEAL 2110, HEAL 2150, PSYN 2125, PSYN 2145

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 2125  3 credits  
Pharmacology Theory: General Pharmacology  

Students will examine, develop and apply the principles of safe medication administration. They will learn theory with a focus on classes of medications, assessments and evaluation in relation to mental health nursing within the context of acute and community care. Students will be introduced to a variety of drug classes and will learn about uses of drugs, pharmacologic and therapeutic effects, side effects, adverse effects, safe dosage ranges, nursing considerations, monitoring of clients, and documentation.

Level: UG

Co-requisite(s): HEAL 2110, HEAL 2150, PSYN 2110, PSYN 2145

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 2130  3 credits  
Interpersonal Communication 1  

Students will develop basic therapeutic communication skills. They will examine and discuss current approaches and theoretical underpinnings to enhance the therapeutic relationship in the context of multi-cultural, feminist, and ethical lenses. Students will study foundational communication skills in order to deliver care and psychosocial interventions. Through recursive writing processes, students will build upon communication theory through in-depth analysis and articulate basic communication concepts through writing-intensive activities. Students will engage in the principles of pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing to continue to build on evidence-informed psychiatric nursing practice efforts in the therapeutic relationship.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): HEAL 2110, HEAL 2150, PSYN 2110, PSYN 2125, PSYN 2145

Co-requisite(s): ANTH 2163, HEAL 2250; PSYN 2230, PSYN 2245

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 2145  3 credits  
Mental Health Nursing: Practice 1: General Nursing  

Students will begin to apply and understand concepts of health promotion, recovery, and psychosocial rehabilitation in this first clinical practice course. They will begin to use knowledge and skills working with individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental health challenges. Students will also apply skills from lab, pharmacology and psychosocial rehabilitation theory in varying mental health settings.

Level: UG

Co-requisite(s): HEAL 2110, HEAL 2150, PSYN 2110, PSYN 2125

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 2201  8 credits  
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Acute Care as Community  

Students will apply select theories to maintain, restore, or improve the health of people in acute care communities, They will assess these communities using both a needs assessment and a community development model to facilitate informed health care decision-making. Students will apply knowledge of acute health care challenges and use nursing assessment and intervention skills in caring for individuals in a community context.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSYN 2101 and PSYN 2120 and SOCI 1125 and (ANTH 2142 or CRIM 2330)

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 2230  3 credits  
Health and Healing 2: Fundamentals of Medical/Surgical Nursing  

Students will develop and examine personal meanings of health, healing and health promotion in the context of acute episodic health challenges. They will learn theory with a focus on holistic assessment of individuals, families, groups and communities in psychiatric and medical surgical settings. Students will learn about the assessment role of the psychiatric nurse in the Canadian health care team. Health promotion for vulnerable populations will also be explored. This course may be offered in class and/or online.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): All of HEAL 2110, HEAL 2150, PSYN 2110, PSYN 2125, PSYN 2145

Co-requisite(s): ANTH 2163, HEAL 2250, PSYN 2130, PSYN 2245

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 2245  4 credits  
Mental Health Nursing Practice 2: Medical/Surgical Nursing  

Students will practice nursing in settings with clients who require acute medical/surgical care, treatment and intervention. They will focus on developing assessment skills, documentation and health education. Students will also practice intermediate communication skills while working with clients.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): HEAL 2110, HEAL 2150, PSYN 2110, PSYN 2125, and PSYN 2145

Co-requisite(s): ANTH 2163, HEAL 2250, PSYN 2130, and PSYN 2230

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3100  7 credits  
Community Health: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing  

Students will apply community development models working with communities to maintain, restore, or improve the health of people in communities. They will have practice in a variety of communities where psychiatric and mental health needs can be addressed.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSYN 2201 or (CAHS 3500 or NRSG 3190 for RPN's only)

Co-requisite(s): PSYN 3120 and WOMN 3100

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3120  3 credits  
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Health Care Economics, Leadership and Management  

Students will explore theory of basic economics and management with a focus on health care in Canada. They will develop leadership skills, group facilitation talents, and basic business planning and budget preparation. Students will work with an agency and will propose creative financial solutions to health care that maintains quality of care. They will integrate conflict resolution models, develop an understanding of working with unions, and be introduced to policy analysis. Students will also utilize nursing informatics.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSYN 2201

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3125  3 credits  
Pharmacology Theory: Psychopharmacology  

Students will examine, develop and apply the principles of safe psychotropic medication administration. They will learn theory with a focus on classes of psychotropic medications, assessments and evaluation in relation to mental health and addictions nursing within the context of acute and community care. Students will be introduced to a variety of drug classes and will learn about uses of drugs, pharmacologic and therapeutic effects, side effects, adverse effects, safe dosage ranges, nursing considerations, monitoring of clients, and documentation. Students will also learn about prescribing authority related to specific medications to treat chronic drug addiction.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 2163, HEAL 2250, PSYN 2130, PSYN 2230, PSYN 2245

Co-requisite(s): PSYN 3130, PSYN 3145, PSYN 3225, PSYN 3255

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3130  3 credits  
Health and Healing 3: Fundamentals of Complex Mental Health Nursing (3)  

Students will continue to develop and refine their assessment skills and integrate, synthesize and evaluate holistic assessment of individuals, families and groups related to health promotion theory. Mental health promotion with vulnerable populations will be emphasized with a continued focus on recognition, screening, and assessment in mental health settings.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 2163, HEAL 2250, PSYN 2130, PSYN 2230, PSYN 2245

Co-requisite(s): PSYN 3125, PSYN 3145, PSYN 3225, PSYN 3255

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3145  4 credits  
Mental Health Nursing Practice 3: Acute Mental Health Nursing  

Students will continue to practice nursing in settings with clients who require acute mental health care, treatment and intervention. They will continue to focus on communication skills while working with clients. Students will also continue to develop assessment skills, documentation skills, and health education.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 2163, HEAL 2250, PSYN 2130, PSYN 2230, and PSYN 2245

Co-requisite(s): PSYN 3125, PSYN 3130, PSYN 3225, and PSYN 3255

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3146  3 credits  
Consolidated Practice: Medical/Surgical Nursing  

Students will consolidate their medical/surgical skills and knowledge in this practice course.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): All of PSYN 2230, 2245, HEAL 2110, 2250 and ANTH 2163

Co-requisite(s): HEAL 3101, PSYC 3920, PSYN 3130 and 3145

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3200  7 credits  
Global Problems and Health  

Students will apply concepts and theories to address health challenges related to crises and environmental factors. They will examine the relationship between environment and health including epidemiological analysis, policy, and assessment on a local and global level. Students will work with a community on an identified crisis and/or environmental health issue. They will also explore the relationship of health and harmony to the land, natural world, and environment, from many perspectives including Aboriginal people's perspective.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSYN 3100 and WOMN 3100

Co-requisite(s): PSYN 3220 and PSYN 3230 and PSYN 3240

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3210  3 credits  
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Global Health  

Students will be introduced to strategies of global health promotion. They will examine the relationship between environment and health including epidemiological analysis, policy, and assessment on a local and global level. Students will also explore the relationship of health and harmony to the land, natural world, and environment from many perspectives, including Aboriginal people's perspective. This course may be in class and/or online.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): All of PSYN 3130 and 3145

Co-requisite(s): HEAL 3180 and all of PSYN 3211, 3225 and 3245

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3211  3 credits  
Contemporary Issues in Mental Health Nursing  

Students will explore issues, trends and strategies in healthcare as they relate to psychiatric nursing in Canada. They will explore ethical issues and the profession's impact on healthcare delivery. Students will also analyze current issues in relation to their impact on psychiatric nursing provincially, nationally and internationally.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSYN 3245, PSYN 3250, PSYN 3260, PSYN 3355, PSYC 2350

Co-requisite(s): HEAL 3180, PHIL 3010, PSYN 4110, PSYN 4145

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3220  2 credits  
Issues in Mental Health Nursing  

Students will use critical social theory to explore current issues and societal trends associated with the oppression of people experiencing mental health issues. They will explore the role of the Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) in relation to these issues and societal trends.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSYN 3100 and WOMN 3100

Co-requisite(s): PSYN 3200 and PSYN 3230 and PSYN 3240

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3225  3 credits  
Mental Health Leadership  

Students will explore theories of mental health nursing leadership, management and related bodies of knowledge. They will develop the foundation and competencies necessary to the professional mental health nursing role. Students will also examine the effects of theories on outcomes of care.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 2163, HEAL 2250, PSYN 2130, PSYN 2230, PSYN 2245

Co-requisite(s): PSYN 3125, PSYN, 3130, PSYN 3145, PSYN 3255

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3230  3 credits  
Psychiatric/Mental Health: Nursing Research  

Students will enhance their abilities to participate in the research process through critically reflecting on various research methodologies. They will develop their abilities to comprehend, critique and utilize research. Students will experience ways to transform personal inquisitiveness into a process of posing, exploring, and answering researchable questions. They will explore ways to critically examine their practice in relation to research. Students will explore the political considerations in conducting research.

Level: UG

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3240  3 credits  
Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis  

Students will learn techniques commonly used in the analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data. They will engage in the process of qualitative analysis through examining qualitative data, data coding, and thematic construction. Students will also examine a range of descriptive and inferential statistical approaches to quantitative analysis using a computer-based system.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSYN 3100 and PSYN 3120

Co-requisite(s): PSYN 3200 and PSYN 3220 and PSYN 3230

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3245  4 credits  
Mental Health Nursing Practice 4: Community Mental Health Nursing  

This clinical practice course will enable students to extend and consolidate their knowledge and ability in the principles and practices used with client populations requiring psychosocial, rehabilitative, mental health nursing care, treatment, and intervention in the community context. Students will be expected to apply previously learned theory and clinical skills, and will have the opportunity to enhance their interpersonal communication skills. Focus will be placed on the skills, attitudes, and interventions geared towards meeting the social, intellectual/emotional, and spiritual needs of the person engaged in community mental health care.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSYN 3125, PSYN 3130, PSYN 3145, PSYN 3225, and PSYN 3255

Co-requisite(s): PSYN 3250, PSYN 3260, PSYN 3355, and PSYC 2350

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3250  3 credits  
Substance Use and Mental Health  

This course examines substance use, mental health, and concurrent disorders, including wellness, illness, and recovery in the context of mental health nursing practice. Students will explore the psychological, familial, and social impact of substance use, and concurrent disorders in primary, secondary and tertiary environments. Major mental health and substance use disorders with be explored from a strength-based perspective incorporating fundamental theoretical underpinnings, models of recovery, harm reduction, and trauma informed practice. Students will develop skills to engage in screening, assessment, withdrawal management, and treatment for diverse populations to develop collaborative solution-focused interventions and best client outcomes.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSYN 3130, PSYN 3145, PSYN 3255, PSYN 3125, PSYN 3255

Co-requisite(s): PSYC 2350, PSYN 3250, PSYN 3245, PSYN 3260, PSYN 3355

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3255  3 credits  
Interpersonal Communication 2  

Students will further develop therapeutic communication and basic counseling skills. They will examine and discuss current approaches and modalities for counseling and psychotherapy in the context of multi-cultural, feminist, and ethical lenses. Students will study advanced communication skills and interventions and enhance self-awareness.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 2163, HEAL 2250, PSYN 2130, PSYN 2230, PSYN 2245

Co-requisite(s): PSYN 3130, PSYN 3145, PSYN 3225, PSYN 3125

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3260  3 credits  
Health and Healing 4: Fundamentals of Community Mental Health Nursing  

Students will examine roles, relationships, challenges and interventions for individuals, families and groups as they pertain to health promotion. They will learn the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation with specific emphasis on recovery as a framework in psychiatric nursing for clients living with severe and persistent mental illness. Students will also explore the theoretical elements of group formation and dynamics for small group work. This course may be offered in class and/or online.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): All of PSYN 3125, 3130, 3145, 3225, 3430

Co-requisite(s): PSYN 3210, 3245, 3350

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 3355  3 credits  
Lab Practice 3: Interpersonal Communication Skills  

Students will build upon previous communication skills from clinical and theory to continue to prepare them to care for clients in a variety of psychiatric settings. They will practice communication skills in the lab and simulated setting, with a focus on face-to-face and high fidelity simulation, to prepare them to care for multiple clients who experience complex mental health and substance use situations. Students will also learn to manage scenarios with increased complexity.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSYN 3125, PSYN 3130, PSYN 3145, PSYN 3225, PSYN 3255

Co-requisite(s): PSYN 3245, PSYN 3250, PSYN 3260, PSYC 2350

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 4100  7 credits  
Capstone Course: Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing  

Students will collaborate with peers to suggest course content based on course concepts and self-identified learning needs. They will practice in a variety of clinical settings to integrate learning from previous nursing and non-nursing courses. Students will apply advanced nursing skills in counseling, psychotherapy, and case management as they work with individuals, families and groups.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSYN 3200

Co-requisite(s): PHIL 3010 and SOCI 3345

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 4110  3 credits  
Health and Healing 5: Fundamentals of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nursing  

Students will explore a theoretical framework for assessment and treatment of mental health issues experienced by children, adolescents and their families. They will integrate family systems, bio-psycho-social assessment, and a holistic model of health. Students will also explore cultural competency and cultural safety when working with children and adolescent clients.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSYN 3245, PSYN 3250, PSYN 3260, PSYN 3355, and PSYC 2350

Co-requisite(s): HEAL 3180, PHIL 3010, PSYN 3211, and PSYN 4145

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 4145  7 credits  
Mental Health Nursing Practice 5: Consolidation  

This clinical practice consolidation course provides the student with the opportunity to reflect on previous learning and develop a focused learning plan integrating competencies of the mental health nurse in preparation for their final preceptorship. Students will practice in a variety of mental health settings focusing on advanced communication, assessment, and treatment of individuals and their families living with acute and chronic mental health challenges.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSYN 3245, PSYN 3250, PSYN 3260, PSYN 3355, and PSYC 2350

Co-requisite(s): HEAL 3180, PHIL 3010, PSYN 3211, and PSYN 4110

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 4200  10 credits  
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Preceptorship  

Students will participate in a Preceptorship of their choice, based on availability of preferred placements. They will increase knowledge and skills to develop independence and confidence as a practitioner in the field of psychiatric/mental health nursing.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSYN 4100

Attribute: HLTH

PSYN 4245  10 credits  
Mental Health Nursing Practice 6: Preceptorship  

Students will transition from the student nurse role to that of the entry-level graduate nurse in this final preceptorship for mental health nursing. Students will be placed in a variety of settings with the expectation of enhancing proficiency under the standard of practice and ethical guidelines for the profession.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): HEAL 3180, PHIL 3010, PSYN 3211, PSYN 4110, and PSYN 4145

Attribute: HLTH

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