Courses Catalogue

Mental Health Nursing

COURSE CODE: BNS 3203
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 5
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Nursing Sciences (Direct Entry), B.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Nursing Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

Brief Course Description:                       

This course introduces a holistic approach to mental health nursing by applying the models of promotion, prevention and care in diverse settings. It explores personal and cultural perceptions, values and beliefs regarding mental illness. It discusses the need and relevance of community mental health care in Uganda while stressing the role of the nurse in providing support to clients and their families to cope with mental illness and identified children’s alterations in normal developmental stages. 

Course Aim

The course aims at equipping nurses with the knowledge and skills in mental health conditions so as to be able to provide effective and efficient mental health nursing care and promote mental health.

        Course Learning out comes:                        

1.      Describe the theoretical basis of mental/psychiatric nursing

2.      Discuss attributes of mental health and factors that promote mental health or contribute towards developing mental illness.

3.      Identify strategies to promote mental health and prevent mental illness.

4.      Discuss legal and ethical issues related to care of clients with mental health problems.

5.      Utilize the nursing process and Gordon’s Functional Health Patterns in the management of clients (group & family) with mental health problems (psychiatric emergencies and chronic mental illnesses) 

6.      Describe the role of nursing practice within the continuum of care: inpatient, outpatient, and psychiatric rehabilitation 

7.      Describe the role of community health nurse in community mental health promotion and the importance of offering rehabilitative services to persons with mental illness

8.      Promote mental health among colleagues and clients; and provide holistic care to the mentally/psychiatric patients as well as community mental health rehabilitation strategies in Uganda