NURS 635. Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum I. 6 Hours.

Semester course; 270 clinical/lab hours. 6 credits (6 credits clinical/lab). Prerequisites: NURS 502, NURS 503, NURS 511 and NURS 657; corequisite: NURS 636. Focuses on the diagnosis and management of mental health problems and psychiatric disorders for individuals, families and groups across the lifespan through faculty supervised clinical experiences with a preceptor. Demonstrates ability to perform a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation while incorporating therapeutic communication skills. Provides opportunities to apply knowledge of standardized taxonomy systems and evidence-based screening guidelines to formulate a differential diagnosis. Requires students to develop plans of care incorporating evidence-based practice guidelines. Performance of clinical skills at a basic level is expected. Graded Pass/Fail.