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NUR 456 - Practicum in Advanced Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Role I

3 credits ( 3 clinical credits )

168 field immersion hours

NUR410/NUR 412 Advanced Health Assessment (pre-requisite) NUR450 Psychopathology and Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnosis Across the Lifespan (pre or co-req)


This course provides students with a forum to synthesize knowledge acquired throughout the curriculum, and facilitates role and skill development for advanced family psychiatric mental health nursing practice with individuals across the lifespan and their families from diverse cultures. The purpose of this practicum is to equip students with the skills to enact the role of the FPMH Nurse Practitioner through the integration of content across the curriculum. Students apply knowledge of psychopathologies, differentiating normal from abnormal development and Psycho-social functioning throughout the life span. Culturally sensitive approaches and knowledge of cultural diversity are applied in processes of assessment, differential diagnoses, psycho-education, and beginning treatment planning. Students recognize and intervene with clients and families with/ or at risk for common psychiatric emergencies, preserving their dignity and confidentiality. The importance of understanding one’s emotional responses to others is applied to processes of therapeutic relationship development. Clinical practicum seminars facilitate the integration of theory with clinical practice. Case presentations and role-plays are utilized as integral components of seminar discussions. Students will incorporate evidence-based resources in evaluating clinical performance and case presentations.


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