Fall 2021

NURS 6111-01 PMHNP Dx & Mgmt: Clinical Seminar 1

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Greetings and Welcome to the Clinical Seminar which accompanies your clinical course NURS 6419.

Your first day involves an orientation to the clinical practicum.  Students will meet together on the morning of Monday, August 23, 2021 beginning at 8:00 AM together with other NP tracks until 10:30 AM. Starting at 10:45 the PMHNP track will meet together for orientation which is track specific. The schedule is as follows:

Topic - Faculty/Staff
08:00 – 9:15 AM
All NP Tracks
Room: SON 1.463
Welcome, Introductions, Expectations, Policies, Procedures – Dr. Worabo
9:30 – 10:30 AM
All NP Tracks
Room: SON 1.463
Orientation to Typhon for NP clinicals and DNP project hours (Typhon Staff – Dr. Worabo & Dr. Knoeckel)
10:45 - 11:50 AM
Room: SON 1.211
PMHNP – Track Specific Orientation
Dr. Vives
More details will be available inside Canvas.


Mark Soucy, PhD, RN, APRN, FAANP
Associate Professor/Clinical
Course and Track Coordinator
School of Nursing
UT Health San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229
Email: soucy@uthscsa.edu
Telephone: 210-269-8651
FAX: 210-567-2788
Office Hours: See Starfish for Virtual Hours by Appointment

Lt Col USA (Retired)
Assistant Professor/Clinical
PMHNP Course Faculty
School of Nursing
UT Health San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229
Email: vivesm@uthscsa.edu 
Office Phone: 210-450-8475
Office Room: 2.330
Office Hours: See Starfish for Virtual Hours by Appointment


The focus of this course is integration and reflection of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student’s core knowledge in health promotion, diagnosis and management in the care of patients and families with psychiatric disorders across the healthcare delivery system.  The seminar course is designed to promote analysis and synthesis of the clinical experience through faculty mentoring, documentation of patient encounters, discussions, and scholarly clinical presentations.


Credit hour allocation: 1 semester credit hour
Clock hour allocation: 15 clock hours class


NURS 6410 PMHNP Diagnosis and Management: Concepts and Theory 1
NURS 6411 PMHNP Diagnosis and Management: Concepts and Theory 2

NURS 6419 PMHNP Diagnosis and Management: Clinical 1
NURS 6219 PMHNP Diagnosis and Management: Concepts and Theory 3


Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program students will:

  1. Integrate nursing science, ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sources to provide the highest level of specialty nursing practices.
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate healthcare practices in healthcare systems that ensure quality improvement and patient safety.
  3. Use analytic methods and evidence based practices to improve practice outcomes and the practice environment.
  4. Implement and evaluate ethical healthcare information systems and patient care technology to improve the quality of patient health outcomes and care systems.
  5. Advocate for healthcare practices that advance social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  6. Employ interprofessional collaborative teams to improve patient and population health outcomes and healthcare delivery systems.
  7. Lead the integration and institutionalization of (evidence based) clinical prevention and population based health guidelines.
  8. Use clinical judgment, systems thinking, accountability, and specialized knowledge to design, deliver, and evaluate evidence based, culturally proficient care to improve patient, population, and health systems outcomes.


1.  Evaluate the ability to integrate history, physical exam, psychiatric evaluation, laboratory and imaging data with the knowledge of pathophysiology of acute and chronic diseases to develop appropriate differential diagnoses and initiate appropriate patient-centered interventions through accurate and clear documentation. (DNP Essentials I, VIII; NONPF Competency: Independent Practice 3, 6)

2.  Create plans of care for patients and families utilizing cultural, explanatory models and spiritual components. (DNP Essentials I, VII, VIII; NONPF Competency: Independent Practice 3, 4, 5)

3.  Analyze ethical principles in clinical decision-making in the implementation of the nurse practitioner role. (DNP Essentials I, II, V, VIII; NONPF Competencies: Ethics 1, 2, 3, Independent Practice 1, 2, 8)

4.  Select self-reflection to evaluate progress in professional development as an integral member of the interprofessional team. (DNP Essential I, II, VI; NONPF Competencies: Leadership 2, 3 Independent Practice 1, 2, 6)

5.  Evaluate patient care outcomes based on mutually established goals with patients and families. (DNP Essentials I, III, VII, VIII; NONPF Competency: Independent Practice 4, 5, 6, 7)

6.  Assess the role of the PMHNP as part of the interprofessional team. (DNP Essentials I, II, VI, VIII; NONPF Competency: Independent Practice 1, 2, 3, 6)


A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)


SOAP Notes
40 %
(see Canvas)
Seminar Case Discussions
(See Canvas)
Telehealth/Telepsychiatry Simulations
(See Canvas)
(See Canvas)
Case Management Presentation
(See Canvas)
A = 90 – 100%
B = 80 –  89%
C = 75 -  79%
D = 66 – 74%
F = 65% or below



Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


The APA Publication Manual 7th 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.


School of Nursing Netiquette Guidelines for Online Interaction

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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.


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American Nurses Association (2013) Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice 2nd Ed. Nursebooks.org ISBN: 9781558105553

American Nurses Association (2015). Nursing: Scope and standards of practice, 3rd Ed. Silver Springs, MD: Nursingbooks.org.ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-55810-619-22

American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition Paperback (DSM-5).  American Psychiatric Association. ISBN: 9780890425558

American Psychological Association (2020). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Ed. American Psychological Association: ISBN: 9781433832161

Carlat, D.J. (2017). The Psychiatric Interview 4thEd. Wolters Kluwer.  ISBN: 978-1496327710

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Perese, E.F. (2012) Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nursing: A Biopsychosocial Approach.  F.A. Davis. ISBN 98-0-8036-2247-0

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Stahl, S. (2014). The Prescriber’s Guide, 7th Edition. New York, Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1108926010 (see your NEI membership)

Stahl, S. (2013) Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications 4th Edition.  Paperback Edition.  ISBN:  9781107686465 (see your NEI membership)

Tusaie, K.R. & Fitzpatrick, J.J. (Eds.) (2017). Advanced practice psychiatric nursing: Integrating psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and complementary and alternative approaches across the life span, 2nd Ed. New York, Springer Publishing Company. ISBN: 978-0-8261-3253-6

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On Campus/Seminar Dates
Room & Times
Week 1
August 23, 2021
8:00 – 11:50 AM
Clinical Orientation
SON 1.463 08:00 – 10:30
SON 1.211 10:45 – 11:50
Week 5
September 20, 2021
4:00 – 6:15 PM
Clinical Seminar
Rooms TBA
Dr. Soucy’s Group
4:00 – 6:15 PM
Dr. Vives’ Group
4:00 – 6:15 PM
Week 7
October 4, 2021
4:00 – 6:15 PM
Clinical Seminar
Rooms TBA
Dr. Soucy’s Group
4:00 – 6:15 PM
Dr. Vives’ Group
4:00 – 6:15 PM
Week 11
November 1, 2021
4:00 – 6:15 PM
Clinical Seminar
Rooms TBA
Dr. Soucy’s Group
4:00 – 6:15 PM
Dr. Vives’ Group
4:00 – 6:15 PM
Week 12
November 8, 2021
Online Telehealth Simulation Part 1
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Online Simulation
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Week 13
November 15, 2021
Online Telehealth Simulation Part 2
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Online Simulation
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Week 14
November 22, 2021
Online Telehealth Simulation Part 3
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Online Simulation
4:00 – 5:30 PM

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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

August 23, 2021: Monday
All NP Tracks Together for Clinical Orientation:
08:00 - 10:30 SON: 1.463
PMHNP Track Together: RON 1.211

For full calendar, please refer to the NURS 6411 Canvas Course

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