NURS 221X Behavioral Health Nursing • 6 Cr.


Focuses on the nurse's therapeutic role in maintaining and enhancing mental health. Students learn to meet the needs of clients with challenged emotional and/or cognitive abilities that impair their day-to-day functioning. Prerequisite: NURS 102X and 102Z.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explore factors that influence behavioral (mental) health and illness.
  • Identify the components of a mental status assessment and professionally communicate mental status assessments in both oral and written formats.
  • Explore culturally-appropriate interventions in response to an individual’s impaired (or challenged) mental status.
  • Evaluate evidence-based practice as a means of providing effective and individualized nursing care related to anxiety, affective, thought and/or personality disorders.
  • Analyze therapy groups in regards to group member roles and therapeutic ("curative") factors of group therapy.
  • Identify the major classifications and effects of psychotropic medications along with nursing strategies that are relevant to safe and effective medication management in a psychiatric health care setting.