NURS-2313: Mental Health Nursing, 3 Credit Hours, Divison of Nursing, Department of Health and Natural Sciences ( Split | Fall 2017 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Marilyn Wilbourn MSN, RN

Alexander Davis MSN, RN-BC




Instructor Rank

Assistant Professor

Instructor Email Marilyn Wilbourn  Alexander Davis              
Instructor Website

Instructor Office

Marilyn Wilbourn UNS-116F Union Avenue

Alexander Davis UNS-116I Union Avenue


Office Hours

 Posted on office door.

Instructor Phone

Marilyn Wilbourn 901-333-5472

Alexander Davis 901-333-5441


Department Fax


Department Phone


Course Information
Course Description

This course focuses on aspects of the client’s adaptive responses to stressors in the internal and external environment along the mental health continuum. The concepts of holistic persons, therapeutic use of self, self and cultural awareness, and the nursing process are emphasized. Theory focuses on a client’s behavior and growth and development as they strive to meet their basic needs in varied health care environments. This half-semester course is offered as a hybrid (split) course.

Student Learning Objectives

(Course Learning Outcomes)

  1. Analyze the nursing process to plan safe nursing care for clients with mental health problems, families, and groups of diverse backgrounds utilizing currently acceptable practice guidelines.
  2. Determine individualized nursing care plans based on assessed and/or expressed needs of client's with mental health problems and their families. 
  3. Integrate current and acceptable evidenced-based practice guidelines through the use of informatics to care for client’s with mental health problems physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
  4. Recognize the importance of collaboration among members of the interprofessional health team for clients with mental health problems and their families toward meeting the client's basic needs and desired health outcomes. 
  5. Differentiate and evaluate various leadership, management and communication skills to advocate for clients with mental health problems rights to quality health care. 
  6. Recognize the ethical and legal boundaries of professional nursing practice and accountability for personal and professional growth and practice.
  • BIOL 2020 - Principles of Anatomy and Physiology II
  • NURS 1213 - Adult Health Nursing I or NURS 1914 - Professional Nursing Transitions
  • NURS 1226 - Adult Health Nursing I Clinical or NURS 1926 - Professional Nursing Transitions Clinical
  • NURS 1613 - Nursing of the Childbearing Family
  • NURS 1626 - Nursing of the Childbearing Family Clinical
  • PSYC 1030 - General Psychology
  • NURS 2326 - Mental Health Nursing Clinical
Instructional / Learning Methods
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Small and large group discussion
  • Web-based learning activities
  • Audiovisual materials
  • Role playing
  • Readings in professional journals
  • Case studies
  • Guest Lecturers
  • Companion website for textbook
  • Simulation
Specific Course Requirements

In order to progress to the next semester nursing courses, the student must satisfactorily complete the following nursing courses with a grade of "C" or better in theory and a "P" on the clinical courses:

  • NURS 2313 - Mental Health Nursing Theory
  • NURS 2326 - Mental Health Nursing Clinical
  • NURS 2113 - Nursing of Children Theory
  • NURS 2126 - Nursing of Children Clinical
Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

Townsend, M. C. (2015). Psychiatric-mental health nursing (8th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Co. (ISBN 978-0-8036-4092-4) 

Burchum, J. R., & Rosenthal, L. D. (2016). Lehne's pharmacology for nursing care (9th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier. (ISBN 13: 9780323321907)

Any current (2017-2018) drug information handbook.

Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

The department of nursing adheres to a No Make-Up policy for exams or quizzes. The course grade will be based on assignments/quizzes, unit examinations, a comprehensive final examination, and the specialty HESI exam. Students will be allowed to drop one exam in the final computation of the course grade. The HESI exam and the Final exam will not be dropped and must be calculated into the course grade. Exam grades (which include the HESI exam), will constitute 60% of the course grade, the Final exam will constitute 35% of the course grade, and assignments/quizzes will constitute 5% of the course grade. A course grade of 78% is required to pass the course.

Grading Scale

The course letter grade will be determined by the Nursing Department Grading Scale as outlined in the Southwest Nursing Student Handbook and is as follows:

  • A = 94-100%
  • B = 86-93%
  • C = 78-85%
  • D = 70-77%
  • F = Below 70%
Testing Procedure / Policy

Students are expected to write examinations at the scheduled time.  Test dates are announced on the first day of class so that the student has ample time to plan to be present for testing.  If an absence is unavoidable on a test day, the student must notify the faculty before the test.  Students arriving late to an exam will be allowed the remaining time to complete the exam.  Students who do not take the exam will receive a score of zero.

All unit exams will be reviewed as soon as possible after each exam.

Guidelines pertaining to personal belongings, attire and behavior during exams also apply  during exam reviews. Failure to abide by the guidelines pertaining personal belongings, attire and behavior during exams and exam reviews will result in a grade of “0” for that exam.

*Faculty reserves the right to make amendments to this syllabus and is required to notify students in a timely manner of changes.

Participation / Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend class. Excessive absences may cause students who receive financial aid to lose some, if not all, of any financial aid award. Withdrawal from courses before the completion of 60% of the course will result in possible repayment of funding given to students.

Policy on Student Professional Conduct

Each student is held responsible for knowledge of the policies in the current Southwest College Student Handbook and the Nursing Student Handbook.

Additional Policies

Cell Phones/Beepers: Cell phones must be placed on silent and no text messaging is allowed during lecture. Bluetooth or similar devices must be removed from ears.

Misuse of Computers: Computers located in classrooms and laboratories are for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.

Food/Drinks: No food or drink (except for water) is allowed in the classroom.

Acknowledgment of Course Responsibility Form: Students are asked to sign the Acknowledgment of Responsibility Form for the guidelines set forth in the syllabus. The student acknowledges that these items have been discussed and that the student understands and agrees to abide by these directions, policies, and procedures contained therein.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

PAWS (D2L) is utilized as a primary communication tool for this course.  Handouts, schedules, syllabi, announcements and other important information will be posted through this system.  Changes and updates in information regarding class or clinical may also be posted as an announcement or sent as an e-mail through the student’s school e-mail address. Students should communicate with faculty through the student’s campus e-mail accounts only. The Nursing Convocation on PAWS is also used to disseminate information relevant to the entire nursing department students. Computers are available in the Nursing Lab and in computer labs and libraries on all campuses.

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule


Module 01: Introduction to Mental Health Nursing

Module 02: Therapeutic Use of Self

Module 03: The Past, Present, and Future of Mental Health Care

Module 04: Legal and Ethical Issues

Module 05: Major Theories and Therapies

Module 06: The Biological Theory

Module 07: Introduction to Psychopharmacology

Module 08: Psychotic Disorders

Module 09: Mood Disorders

Module 10: Anxiety Disorders

Module 11: Somatic Symptom and Dissociative Disorders

Module 12: Eating Disorders

Module 13: Substance Use Disorders

Module 14: Difficult Clients

Module 15: Pediatric Clients

Module 16: Older Adult Clients

Module 17: Traumatized Clients

Module 18: Suicidal Clients

Module 19: Grieving Clients

Detailed Module Guides of topics with learning objectives and a course course calendar with exam dates will be given on the first day of class.

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Southwest is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for all eligible students with disabilities. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the College’s Counseling, Advising and Articulation Center to arrange for appropriate accommodation. When the disability has been documented and verified, a Counselor will notify the instructor regarding any special accommodation to be provided. The student must register with this office each semester while enrolled at Southwest.

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center(ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

Please refer to your nursing student handbook regarding course withdrawal.

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.