Mental Health Nursing Syllabus for 2021-2022
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RNSG-2213-002 Mental Health Nursing


Prerequisites: RNSG 1247, RNSG 1151 and RNSG 2101 Corequisite: RNSG 2161

Course Description

Principles and concepts of mental health, psychopathology and treatment modalities related to the nursing care of patients and their families. This course lends itself to a blocked approach.

Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website

Department Expectations

Occupational License Disclaimer

Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(2 sem hrs; 2 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Varcarolis’s Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Halter, 8th Ed. 2018, Saunders, Elsevier



Textbook, course manual, computer with internet


Student Performance

Student Learning Outcomes 

Member of a Profession:

1. Identify an ethical-legal framework and applicable legal scope of practice in professional standards.

2. Identify avenues for personal accountability and professional responsibility in nursing practice.

3. Describe characteristics of quality nursing care and ways to promote the nursing competence in holistic care.

Provider of Patient-Centered Care:

4. Acquire foundational, culturally sensitive knowledge required to assist the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health on patients and families.

5. Identify components of a systematic process and clinical reasoning required to provide holistic patient-centered care, including vulnerable patient populations.

6. Identify basic psychosocial and cultural needs of patients and families.

7. Identify the basic principles of health teaching for patients and families in vulnerable populations.

8. Demonstrated competency in the performance of basic nursing skills in a laboratory setting.

9. Discuss appropriate communication skills for the care of culturally diverse patients and families.

10. Identify the role of the nurse in using community and global resources to help meet the needs of patients and families across the lifespan.

Patient Safety Advocate:

11. Explain the relationship of evidence-based practice to safety and quality in patient care.

12. Identify federal, state, and local governmental requirements for patient safety.

Member of the HealthCare Team

13. Recognize appropriate communication skills for interacting with other health care team members.

14. Communicate information using technology to support a safe culture of health care for patients and families.

15. Understand the role of the nurse during local and global health emergencies.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Student performance:

As students, you are considered full partners in helping to develop a classroom environment which is conducive (positive) to learning.  In order to assure that all students have the opportunity to gain from the time spent in class, it is expected that unless approved by the instructor, as part of a learning activity, that students will not engage in any activity or behavior that takes away from the learning environment (milieu).  Any inappropriate behavior in the classroom may/will result in the student being asked to leave the classroom.  (see Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook, Professional Conduct, American Nurses Association Code of Ethics, and the AC student Rights and Responsibilities).

It is expected that students will come prepared for class with the appropriate “Ticket to Class” assignment completed and actively participate in discussions and activities.   In order to complete the TTC and engage in class, students will greatly benefit from viewing narrated Powerpoints via Vidgrid PRIOR to class.

Academic Integrity & Accountability Policy: (see ADN Student Handbook):

Students are expected to maintain high academic standards and not engage in ANY form of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to plagiarism, collusion, cheating on exams or any other assignments.

Students are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes early for any exam and treat any testing environment as such.  Also, if a student cannot be at the exam, it is that student’s responsibility to contact the instructor and arrange for a make-up test.


Grading Criteria

The following criteria and grading scale will be used to determine the Course Grade:

1.  An average of four module exams will account for 70% of the course grade.

2.  HESI Specialty Exam is 4% of the course grade.

3.  HESI final exam is 18% of the course grade.

4.  HESI Patient Reviews are 2% of the course grade.

5.  "Ticket to Class" assignments and active participation in class are 2% of course grade.

6.  Experiential Learning Activity is 2% of course grade.

7.  Blackboard Quizzes are 2% of course grade.

8.  Any make-up exam must be scheduled within ONE WEEK of the missed exam & taken prior to the next exam; makeup exams may be essay, short answer and/or multiple choice.  Students who are late may not be allowed to take the exam.

9.  Completion of remediation for HESI Specialty Exam is required for course completion.  Required hours are based on score & detailed in RNSG 2213 Course Manual.

10.  Assignments, including Evolve Case Studies, Experiential Learning Activities, Ticket to Class activities, and Blackboard Quizzes, will not be accepted after the due date for credit.  Any assignment submitted after the due date will receive a grade of zero. 

NOTE:  All lab assignments must be completed for successful completion of the course.  If an assignment is not completed, the student will not be allowed to sit for the Final Exam and will receive a zero (0) for the final Exam.  This will lead to a failure in the course.

Grades will NOT be rounded.  The grading scale is as follows:  

      A - 100-90%

      B - 89.9-80%

      C - 79.9-75%

      D - 74.9-60%

      F - Below 60%



Regular classroom attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement.  Less than 90% of classroom hours may result in failure of the course.




  • A Comprehensive Class Calendar will be posted to Blackboard by the first day of class.
  • A Clinical calendar will be finalized by the second week of class.

All exams will be taken ON CAMPUS

  • Module Exam 1 --> February 9
  • Module Exam 2 --> March 2
  • Module Exam 3 --> March 30
  • HESI Specialty Exam --> April 20
  • Module Exam 4 --> April 27
  • Final Exam --> May 11

Module 1:  

Course Introduction 

Foundations in Theory

  • Mental Health and Mental Illness
  • Theories and Therapies
  • Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology

Psychosocial Nursing Tools

  • Assessment (Nursing Process)
  • Therapeutic Relationships
  • Therapeutic Communication

Trauma Interventions

  • Anger, Aggression & Violence

Module 2: 

Psychosocial nursing tools

  • Stress Responses & Stress Management

Psychobiological disorders

  • Anxiety & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Trauma, Stressor-related, & Dissociated disorders
  • Somatic symptom disorders
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Suicide & Non-suicidal self-injury

Module 3:

Foundations to Practice

  • Legal and Ethical Considerations

Psychobiological disorders

  • Bipolar & related disorders
  • Eating & feeding disorders
  • Schizophrenia

Module 4:

Trauma Interventions

  • Child, Older Adult, & Intimate Partner Violence

 Psychobiological disorders

  • Substance-related and addictive disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Childhood & Neuro-developmental disorders
  • Impulse control disorders
  • Neuro-cognitive disorders

Additional Information


Course Communication will occur through Remind.  Please join HERE  I would strongly encourage you to download and utilize the app.

Academic Grievance Policy:

A student who has a grievance concerning an academic course in which he or she is enrolled should make an appeal in the following order to the:
1)     Instructor: Joe Vinson via Remind or before/after class to schedule an appointment
2)     ADN Asst. Program Director: Teresa Herrera (806) 467-3002
3)     ADN Program Director:  Dr. Liz Matos 356-3621
4)     Associate Dean of Health Sciences: Kim Boyd 354-6060
5)     Dean of Health Sciences:  Kim Crowley 354-6087
6)     Associate VP of Academic Affairs:  Becky Burton 371-5122
7)     VP of Academic Affairs:  Dr. Tamara Clunis 371-5226

This syllabus is subject to change.

Syllabus Created on:

12/06/21 11:31 AM

Last Edited on:

01/05/22 12:23 PM