NUR 255 Specialty Care Clinical III: Psychiatric Nursing (2 credits)
This course provides an opportunity for the student to apply theory and skills mastered to date and to implement new theory and skills learned in the psychiatric client needs course. The student collaborates with the instructor, members of the nursing team, and the client within the context of family regarding care needs. The student exercises limited independence in collaboration with other members of the health care team to act as a client advocate. The student exercises limited independence to maintain standards, develop relationships, and assume accountability for learning and self-evaluation. The student utilizes the nursing process to perform ongoing assessments that include the family, to select nursing diagnoses, to plan care that incorporates principles of teaching/learning, and to implement and evaluate client- and family-centered care. Students will spend a total of 56 hours over an eight-week time period in clinical practice activities; in addition, students will be expected to spend substantial time preparing for and following up after each clinical day. Prerequisites: NUR 220, completion of level 2 requirements, and Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: completed and current health form on file, current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, and NUR 240 and 245.