Spring 2018

NURS 3206-001 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: Clinical Application

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Dear Students,

Welcome to NURS 3206 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: Clinical Application! Our classroom clinical orientation is based on your clinical schedule. Please see venue and schedule below:

Monday (January 22, 2018) - TBA
     Time: 8:00am - 11:30am

Wednesday (January 24, 2018) - TBA
     Time: 8:00am - 11:30am

We will be discussing expectations at clinical, the course requirements, site requirements and orientations, Simulation, etc. You will have the chance to meet your Clinical Instructor on this day.

We are all looking forward to meeting you all!


Sherry A. Megerle, MSN rN
UT Health San Antonio
School of Nursing
Assistant Professor/Clinical
Office: 2.122
(O) 210.567.5881
(C) 210.601.0583
Email: megerle@uthscsa.edu
Office Hours: By Appointment


Clinical Application Course Coordinator:

Sherry A. Megerle, MSN RN
UT Health San Antonio
School of Nursing
Assistant Professor/Clinical
Office: 2.122
(O) 210.567.5881
(C) 210.601.0583
Email: megerle@uthscsa.edu
Office Hours: By Appointment


This course provides clinical experience for nursing intervention development for promoting, maintaining, and restoring mental health across the lifespan integrating principles of professional relationships, therapeutic communication, and concepts of psychopathology.


2 semester hours (2 hours clinical)


Corequisite: NURS 3205-Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: Theoretical Foundations.


At the completion of the baccalaureate program the student will demonstrate the following:

  1. Incorporate knowledge, skills, and attitudes from the liberal arts and sciences in professional nursing education and practice.
  2. Apply knowledge and skills of organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement and patient safety in promoting safe, high-quality care for diverse patients across healthcare systems and environments.
  3. Analyze and apply evidence from research and other information sources as a basis for nursing practice.
  4. Incorporate knowledge and skills in using information systems and a range of patient-care technologies to facilitate delivery of quality patient care.
  5. Advocate for financial and regulatory healthcare policies, processes, and environments that improve the nature and functioning of the healthcare delivery system and nursing practice.
  6. Collaborate and communicate effectively with healthcare professionals to promote positive working relationships, improve patient health outcomes, and deliver quality, safe patient care.
  7. Promote individual and population health by assessing factors that influence individual and population health and apply principles and culturally appropriate health promotion and disease-prevention strategies. Demonstrate consistent application of the core values of the discipline of nursing and the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  8. Demonstrate consistent application of the core values of the discipline of nursing and the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  9. Integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes expected of baccalaureate prepared nurses by providing professional nursing care to diverse patients and populations across the lifespan, healthcare settings, and healthcare environments.


1.  Apply theories and concepts from a variety of disciplines and cultures in providing care of diverse individuals, families, and communities living with mental health problems. (Essential I)
2.  Apply factors that create a culture of caring and advocacy while providing care for groups of diverse individuals, families, and communities experiencing mental health problems.  (Essential V)
3.  Provide safe, high quality, and consumer-centered mental healthcare.  (Essential II, IV, V)
4.  Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing and evaluating comprehensive mental healthcare to individuals and families across the lifespan.  (Essential III, VI)
5.  Apply self knowledge gained through reflection on one's own beliefs and values while providing mental healthcare to diverse individuals, families, and communities experiencing mental health problems.  (Essential VIII)
6.  Practice therapeutic use of self while promoting recovery with diverse individuals, families, and communities experiencing mental health problems.  (Essential IX)


Evaluation is a method for making instructional decisions and is an ongoing process which involves both instructor and student. Students are expected to submit written clinical self-evaluations at mid-term and at the end of the semester. Attendance is mandatory. Opportunities with attendance may have an impact with successful completion of the clinical course.

Clinical performance is graded pass/fail and is evaluated by the written clinical objectives. Students will complete one clinical data form that includes a mental status exam and plan of care. Students will also submit one written process recording that reflects the therapeutic use of self. Also, self-reflective journals and completion of a self-care activity will be required. Written work must be submitted by the designated time on the date it is due. Participation in the Simulation is mandatory. To pass the clinical course component, a student must receive a passing grade on all clinical objectives and clinical assignments.



The School of Nursing faculty expects that its students will recognize that they have entered a profession in which commitment to full participation in clinical experiences is an essential component as students are considered to be part of the nursing team. Therefore, regular attendance in clinical, laboratory and simulation experiences is mandatory.

Missed hours can prevent adequate development and assessment of the required knowledge, skills, attitudes and clinical judgment. Absence from clinical/lab/simulation jeopardizes the student’s ability to successfully meet the required clinical course outcomes and competencies.

Punctuality is expected in professional workplaces. Students are expected to arrive on time for clinical/lab/simulation experiences and stay for the entire time allotted for that clinical/lab/simulation experience. Important information affecting patient care is communicated to students at the start of clinical experiences. Therefore, tardiness for clinical/lab/simulation experiences jeopardizes the student’s ability to give safe nursing care.

Absences from clinical experience are closely monitored by faculty and should occur only in rare circumstances. Clinical absences will be evaluated on an individual basis. If the student has any clinical absences during the semester, clinical may be made up through a plan developed by the clinical/lab instructor. However, the opportunity to make up absences may not be possible, depending on the length of the clinical rotation, the availability of the faculty and/or the agency to which the student is assigned and may result in inability of the student to meet course outcomes.

If it is determined by the faculty team that a student will be unable to meet course objectives due to clinical absences or if a pattern of absence develops or excessive absences exist, the appropriate course coordinator will refer the student the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to determine progression in the program.
A student who is unable to attend a clinical experience must contact the clinical faculty personally prior to the beginning of the clinical experience. Leaving a message or e-mail for the faculty is not acceptable. Faculty will share specifics regarding appropriate means of communicating during orientation.

Travel to surrounding communities may be necessary.

Students are expected to demonstrate achievement of clinical objectives by the end of a clinical course. If, in the instructor‘s professional judgment, a student is consistently unable to provide safe nursing care to patients and cannot remedy the deficit in the given clinical time, the student will receive a grade of ―F for the course. Faculty, or staff in the clinical agency, has
the right to remove a student from the clinical area at any time for any cause.

Students are required to maintain a clinical passport and have this on their person at all times while in the clinical setting.

Students are required to maintain American Heart Association Health Care Provider Basic Life Support certification.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Students who are nurses or are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to treat others with respect and compassion. “The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts. The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationships with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromise and to resolving conflict. This standard of conduct precludes any and all prejudicial actions, any form of harassment or threatening behavior, or disregard for the effects of one’s actions on others” (American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, Interpretive Statement 1.5).

The students, faculty, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and the Dean of the School of Nursing of the University Texas Health Science Center San Antonio subscribe to the highest standards of conduct. Our aim is professional behavior beyond reproach. Failure to abide by the signed code of professional conduct may lead to suspension and/or permanent dismissal from the UTHSCSA SON. In particular, we subscribe to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses (http://bit.ly/1mtD5p2) and the following points of conduct.



Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.



Townsend, M. C. (2014). Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (8th ed). Oklahoma: F. A. Davis. ISBN 13-978-0-8036-4092-4.

ATI Psychiatric Mental Health Content Mastery (10.0)


Townsend, M. C., (2015). Psychiatric Nursing: Assessment, Care Plans, and Medications (9th Ed). Oklahoma: F. A. Davis Company.

American Psychological Association (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed). Washington, DC: APA


The course outline will be available through CANVAS postings.

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

Clinical classroom orientation will be held on the first day of clinical:

Monday (January 22, 2018) - TBA
     Time: 8:00am - 11:30am

Wednesday (January 24, 2018) - ALTC 3.303
     Time: 8:00am - 11:30am

Simulation schedule will be discussed during orientation day.

Orientation to the individual clinical sites will be arranged by your clinical instructors. They will let you know before the start of the clinical rotation. 

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