Clinical-Mental Health Nursing Syllabus for 2021-2022
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RNSG-2161-001 Clinical-Mental Health Nursing


Corequisite: RNSG 2213

Course Description

A health-related work- based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

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.


(1 sem hr; 3 clinical)

Class Type


Syllabus Information


Varcarolis’s Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Halter, 8th Ed. 2017, Saunders, Elsevier

Lippincott Course Point Plus (Docucare)



Course Manual, pen/pencil, Plan of Care template, Interaction Process Analysis (IPA) template

Please do not bring electronic devices to the clinical setting. Cell phones and other devices are not permitted in the patient care areas as per the facility policies.


Student Performance

Member of the Profession
1. Identify an ethical-legal framework and applicable legal scope of practice in professional skills competencies.

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

3. Describe characteristics of quality nursing care and ways to promote the nursing competence with basic nursing skill sets.

Provider of Patient-Centered Care

4. Acquire foundational, culturally sensitive knowledge required to assist the maintenance 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 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 compassionate behaviors and 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.

Member of the Healthcare Team

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

13. 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 an environment which is conducive (positive) to learning.  In order to assure that all students have the opportunity to gain from the time spent in clinical, 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 clinical setting may/will result in the student being asked to leave the clinical site.  (see Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook, Professional Conduct, American Nurses Association Code of Ethics, and the AC student Rights and Responsibilities).

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, clinical or other assignments.


Grading Criteria

The Clinical Performance Evaluation of Competencies (CPEC) is the clinical tool utilized to determine your clinical grade.  The following clinical assignment grades are directly embedded within the CPEC scoring:

  • Final Plan of Care
  • Interaction Process Analysis (IPA)
  • Mental Health Group Project

Student behaviors, level of engagement, and all other clinical assignments are also considered during the calculation of the CPEC. 

  • Any clinical warning(s) may affect your clinical grade.
  • Completion of all clinical assignments are required. Failure to complete all assignments will result in a clinical failure.
  • A= 90-100; B= 80-89; C= 75-79; D= 74-60; F=Below 60. 

NOTE:  There is no rounding of grades.


Attendance:  Attend 100% of clinical experiences.  No more than 1 excused* absence will be permitted without a documented extenuating circumstance.  Any missed time must be made-up on at day/time designated by the course instructor.  More than 1 clinical absence may result in course failure.  (*Planned events, vacations, & work schedules are not excused absences.)  More than one clinical absence may result in a clinical failure.


Disability statement:  Any student who, because of disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirement should contact DisAbility services (phone 371-5436) as soon as possible.



The clinical calendar will be released by the end of Week 1.


Additional Information

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:

1)     Instructor: Joe Vinson via Remind 

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 11:32 AM

Last Edited on:

01/05/22 11:53 AM