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NURS 230X Mental Health Nursing Theory • 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 114X and NURS 113Z.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe historical approaches to the care of the 'mentally ill'.
  • Describe the contributions of significant figures in history to the understanding and treatment of 'mental illness'.
  • Describe social and legislative events that impact current behavioral health care.
  • Discuss the role of community mental health services.
  • Identify the three levels of prevention formulated by Caplan.
  • Describe the multi-axial classification system and identify the DSM Axes.
  • Compare and contrast the major conceptual models presented in class.
  • Identify therapies derived from the selected conceptual models.
  • Discuss the treatment implications of culturally sensitive care in behavioral health care settings.
  • Identify and describe the functions of gross anatomical structures of the brain.
  • Describe the role of neurotransmitters in human behavior.
  • Discuss implications of psychobiological concepts to the practice of behavioral health nursing.

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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
Work: (425) 564-1000