LPN 103 – Adult II/Mental Health Nursing

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  LPN 103 Adult II/Mental Health Nursing

Credit Hours:  9.0             Contact Hours:  4.0          Lecture:  3.0       Labs:  3.0              Clinical: 12.0

Prerequisites: Grades of “C” or better in LPN 101, LPN 102, BIO 121, ENG 101 & PSY 101

Co-requisites:  BIO 122                                                  Concurrent Courses: None

Course Description: This course expands upon Adult Health I and continues with the role of the Practical Nurse in assisting adult clients with medical-surgical and mental health disorders.  Current medical and non-traditional therapies will be discussed.  Emphasis is placed on the recognition of the client’s inability to meet basic needs, selection of appropriate nursing interventions, and evaluation of outcomes of care, documentation, and communication with the members of the health care team.  The student will demonstrate the use of critical thinking in the adaptation of therapeutic communication, and current strategies in adult mental health care and the specific legal and ethical guidelines associated with this area are discussed.  Clinical experiences will focus on nurse-client communication in in-patient medical- surgical and/or community mental health settings.  The nursing process will be used to guide students in all application of the learning environment.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. describe the scope of the Practical Nurse and adapt the application of the nursing process and critical thinking for care of adult clients and families from diverse multicultural backgrounds;
  2. utilize communication skills that will contribute to the client’s ability to meet basic human needs;
  3. apply theoretical medical surgical nursing knowledge and information from other disciplines to assist the client in meeting multiple health needs;
  4. collaborate with other members within the health care environment to assist in meeting the client’s needs;
  5. employ legal standards and ethical guidelines of practical nursing to meet the needs of clients and families in the acute care environment;
  6. organize nursing care, incorporating the psychosocial/developmental needs of the adult client and family into the plan;
  7. demonstrate and prioritize client responses to selected medical-surgical disorders and respond with appropriate interventions;
  8. apply the nursing process and critical thinking approach, within the role of the Practical Nurse, with clients from diverse multicultural backgrounds experiencing  mental health alterations;


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