NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus

NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus

Student Support and Calendar Information

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  • This Syllabus, including the Course Schedule that is linked on this page as a PDF
  • Course Calendar
  • Student Support

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Credit Hours

  • 5 credits (3 didactic and 2 practicum credits)

Walden University assigns credit hours based on the number and type of assignments that enable students to achieve the course learning objectives. In general, each semester credit equals about 42 hours of total student work and each quarter credit equals about 28 hours of total student work. This time requirement represents an approximate average for undergraduate work and the minimum expectations for graduate work. The number and kind of activities estimated to fulfill time requirements will vary by degree level and student learning style, and by student familiarity with the delivery method and course content. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.

Course Description

Continuing from the lifespan approach, the learner in this final course for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) focuses on psychiatric mental health issues that occur in adults and older adults. Selection of assessment approaches for the adult and older adult as well as differential diagnosis, application of diagnostic criteria, appropriate diagnostic testing, and diagnostic case formulation will be undertaken. The learner will use both psychotherapeutic approaches coupled with psychopharmacologic approaches to treat common psychiatric mental health conditions of adults and older adults. Through these practicum experiences, learners will focus on the application of didactic concepts to patient care situations. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.

Course Prerequisites

NURS 6630: Psychopharmacologic Approaches to Treatment of Psychopathology

NURS 6640: Psychotherapy With Individuals

NURS 6650: Psychotherapy With Groups

NURS 6660: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Role 1: Child and Adolescent

Course Outcomes

  1. Evaluate clients using comprehensive integrated psychiatric assessments in adults and older adults
  2. Apply appropriate diagnostic criteria to psychiatric and mental health disorders in adults and older adults
  3. Evaluate efficacy of treatment approaches to psychiatric and mental health disorders in adults and older adults
  4. Apply strategies for engaging in professional practice for PMHNP
  5. Implement evidence-based treatment approaches for psychiatric and mental health disorders in adults and older adults. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.
  6. Assess knowledge of concepts and principles related to treatment of psychiatric and mental health disorders in adults and older adults

To access the Alignment Chart for this course, please click on the following link:

Document: NURS 6670 Alignment Chart (PDF)

Course Materials

The process for receiving course texts and materials varies by program. Review the information below to make sure you have all course texts and materials before the term starts.

If your course texts and materials are being provided to you by Walden University as part of your course tuition, you should have received the items noted below. When you receive your package, make sure that all required course texts and materials have been included. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.

If you are required to purchase materials for this course, please visit the university bookstore via your Walden student portal to ensure you are obtaining the correct version of any course texts and materials noted below. When you receive your package, make sure that all required course texts and materials have been included.

For missing, incorrect, or damaged materials, please contact the Student Support Team. Contact information for the Student Support Team can be located in the Student Support area of the course navigation menu.

Course Text

Sadock, B. J., Sadock, V. A., & Ruiz, P. (2014). Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry: Behavioral sciences/clinical psychiatry (11th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

Note: While only the print edition of this book is referenced here, electronic versions also may be available and may be acceptable for use in this course.

Other readings (journal articles, websites, book excerpts, etc.) are assigned throughout the course and may be found within each week and within the Course Schedule. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.

Course Readings List

The Course Readings List contains all of the required Walden Library resources for this course. Please click on the following link to access the list:

NURS 6670 Course Readings List

Media

Assigned course media elements may be found in one or more weeks of the course and are available via a streaming media player or a hyperlink to the individual item.

Course Assignments

Online Discussion and Clinical Supervision

The exchange of ideas between colleagues engaged in scholarly inquiry is a key aspect of graduate-level learning and is a requisite activity in this course.

Requirements: You are expected to participate at least two separate days a week in the weekly Discussion area. Discussion topics/questions are provided in the Discussion area. In addition, you are expected to respond to your fellow students’ postings. To count as participation, responses need to be thoughtful; that is, they must refer to the week’s readings, relevant issues in the news, information obtained from other sources, and/or ideas expressed in other class members’ postings. Where appropriate, you should use references to support your position. The Discussion questions require a response to one other student’s posting; it should be no more than two paragraphs long. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.

All Discussion postings need to be made in each week’s Discussion area of the course, unless otherwise stated. Please do not e-mail postings to the Instructor or other students. Refer to the Discussion area for specific instructions.

Discussions will be graded according to the Discussion Rubric found in the Course Information area.

Assignments and Projects

An Assignment or Project often is a writing assignment submitted to the Instructor for evaluation. Complete Assignment or Project directions are in the Assignments or Projects areas, including how and where to submit the Assignment or Project and the due date.

Please note that you should keep copies of your Assignments and Projects on your computer in case of any technical difficulties.

Information on scholarly writing may be found in the APA manual and at the Walden Writing Center website. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.

Please refer to the APA Guide or visit the Walden University Online Writing Center at

Writing Center

Walden University expects you to act with integrity and honesty in your academic courses. Refer to the Guidelines and Policies and Academic Integrity areas for more details.

Check the Course Information area for any rubrics relating to the Assignments and Projects.

Practicum Activities

  • The practicum experience in this course will assist your transition from the role of learner to that of scholar-practitioner. To achieve this transition, you will engage in a relationship with a clinical instructor and preceptor, focusing on roles and role functions and the achievement of individualized learning objectives. The primary objective of your practicum is to provide you with the basic skills necessary to serve as a mid-level provider of primary care to selected populations and prepare you to take the appropriate national certification exam. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.
  • The practicum component of the course will be graded as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. In order to pass the course, you must earn a grade of Satisfactory on all required practicum activities including journal entries and time logs.
  • At the end of the course, you must also ensure that your practicum preceptor submits an online evaluation of your performance. You will also complete an online evaluation of your practicum experience at the end of the course. These evaluations will not only provide information about the progress of individual students, but also help program leadership to continuously work on the course review and improvements. You will receive an Incomplete (I) as a grade if any of the above evaluations are not received by the posted deadlines.

Time Logs: Students are required to keep a log of the time spent related to their practicum experience and enter every patient they see each day. Students can access their time log from the Welcome Page in their Meditrek account. Students will track time individually for each patient they work with. Students are required to continuously input their hours throughout the term. Logs are reviewed by instructors in Weeks 4, 7, and 10. Please print and keep your completed Meditrek Log at the end of your clinical experiences for future use as a component of your portfolio.

Grading Criteria and Total Components of a Grade

Course grades will be based on participation (postings) and completion of assignments as listed below.

Note: All assignments must be completed to pass the course.

Grading Scale

Letter grades will be assigned as follows:
90%–100% = A
80%–89% = B
70%–79% = C
70% or below = F

Please see below for the policy on Incomplete (I) grades.

Course Evaluation and Grading

Important Note: This course contains weighted grading. Assignments are weighted differently depending on their type. The total points achieved for each assignment will be weighted based on the percentage values noted in the Weighted Total (%) column of the table that follows. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.

 

Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Points % of Grade
Discussions (100 pts each) X X X X X X 600 15%
Clinical Supervision X S/U
Assignments (100 pts each) X X
X
X X 500 15%
Exams (75 pts each) X X 150 50%
Board Vitals (20 pts each) X X X X X X X X X X 200 10%
Fitzgerald Exam (100 pts) X 100 10%
Practicum Journal Entries X X X X X X S/U
Decision Trees X X X S/U
Total 1550 100%

Feedback Schedule

  • The Instructor will log into the course at least 3–4 times during the week to monitor the weekly Discussion area. Feedback will be provided via the Discussion area and/or the Announcements page. Requests for more specific feedback may be made in the Discussion area or in the Contact the Instructor thread.
  • The Instructor will respond to at least one main post each week but will usually not respond to all posts.
  • Timely Review and Return of Student Work. As a guideline, faculty members are expected to review and return graded student work for all coursework within 10 calendar days.
  • Each Instructor has a unique way of providing feedback. If you think that you are not getting enough feedback, you are strongly encouraged to contact your Instructor and ask for more. Contact information for your Instructor can be found under the Contact the Instructor area. For more information on Instructor feedback, go to the Faculty Accessibility section of Faculty and Student Guidelines for Online Courses, located in the Guidelines and Policies area. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.

Preferred Methods for Delivering Assignments

Submitting Course Postings to the Weekly Discussion Areas

Be sure that you post to the correct Discussion area each week. Do not e-mail postings to the Instructor. For all initial Discussion postings, make sure that the first sentence of your posting reads Main Question Post. For your responses to others’ postings, make sure that the first sentence of your response reads Response. These actions will ensure easily identifiable subject lines for your postings and responses.

Submitting Assignments and Projects

Assignments and Projects are submitted according to the instructions in the Assignments or Projects areas and are named according to the week in which the Assignment or Project is submitted. Directions for naming each Assignment or Project are included in each week’s Assignment or Project area.

E-mailing Your Instructor

When e-mailing the Instructor, please use the following heading for your e-mail subject line: last name + your first initial + course number (e.g., RideSNURS6640) so that your Instructor will recognize and read your e-mail. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.

Policies on Late Assignments

Discussion and Assignment Postings

No credit will be given for Discussion and Assignment postings made after the week in which they are due unless prior arrangements are made with the Instructor. Exceptions will be made only for those rare situations that legitimately prevent a student from posting on time. Points will be deducted from late postings.

Assignments

Assignments are due by Day 7 of the week in which they are assigned unless otherwise noted. Failure to meet the deadline without prior approval will result in at least a 3-point deduction per day. Any Assignment submitted after Day 4 of the week following that in which it is assigned will receive zero points. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.

Keeping Your Coursework

You will have access to the course and your coursework from the course start date until 60 days after the course ends. After this time, you will no longer be able to access the course or related materials. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you retain copies of your completed assignments and any documents you wish to keep. The University is not responsible for lost or missing coursework.

Instructor Feedback Schedule

The Instructor will log in to the course during the week to monitor the weekly Discussion area. Feedback will be provided via the comments in the My Grades area, the Discussion area, and/or the Announcements page.

You can expect your weekly assignment grades to be posted within 10 calendar days of a due date. Instructor feedback and explanation are provided whenever full credit is not achieved. Depending on the nature of the feedback, Instructor responses may be posted to the Discussion area or included in the My Grades area. The goal of your Instructor is to act as a discussion and learning facilitator rather than a lecturer. The Instructor will not respond to every posting by every individual, so please feel free to ask your Instructor if you would like some personal feedback on a particular assignment posting or any time you have any questions regarding your assignments or your grade. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.

Classroom Participation

In accordance with U.S. Department of Education guidance regarding class participation, Walden University requires that all students submit at least one of their required Week 1 assignments (which includes posting to the Discussion Board) within each course(s) during the first 7 calendar days of class. For courses with two-week units, posting to the Discussion Board by Day 7 meets this requirement. The first calendar day of class is the official start date of the course as posted on your myWalden academic page.

Assignments submitted prior to the official start date will not count toward your participation.

Financial Aid cannot be released without class participation as defined above.

Students who are taking their first class with Walden and do not submit at least one of their required Week 1 assignments (or at least one Discussion post) by the end of the 7th day will be administratively withdrawn from the university. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.

Students who have already taken and successfully completed at least one or more class(es) with Walden, and who do not participate within the first 7 days, will be dropped from that class.

If you have any questions about your assignments, or you are unable to complete your assignments, please contact your Faculty Member. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.


Checklist

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The weekly course checklist below outlines the assignments due for the course.

For full assignment details and directions, refer to each week of the course. All assignments are due by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time (MT) on the day assigned (which is 1:59 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) the next day). The time stamp in the classroom will reflect Eastern Time (ET), regardless of your time zone. As long as your submission time stamp is no later than 1:59 a.m. Eastern Time (ET), you have submitted on time. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.

To view the Course Calendar:

Course Calendar

To View a Printable Course Schedule

For full assignment details and directions, refer to each week of the course.

Click on the NURS 6670 Course Schedule (PDF) link to access the Course Schedule.

Document: NURS 6670 Course Schedule (PDF)

Checklist

Module Assignment Title
Week 1 Psychiatric Assessment of the Adult and Older Adult
Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
Optional Resources
Discussion Interview Format. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.
Assignments Week 1 Practicum Journal Entry: Certification Plan
Week 2 Depressive Disorders
Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
Optional Resources
Assignments “Captain of the Ship” Project – Depressive Disorder
Week 2 Practicum Journal: Safe Prescribing
Board Vitals
Week 3 Personality Disorders
Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
Optional Resources
Discussion Treatment of Personality Disorders
Assignments Decision Tree
Fitzgerald Health Education Associates (FHEA) PMHNP 150 University Exit Comprehensive Exam
Board Vitals
Week 4 Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
Optional Resources
Discussion Clinical Supervision – Kaltura
Assignments Week 1 Practicum Journal Entry: Certification Plan
Week 2 Practicum Journal: Safe Prescribing
Week 3 Practicum Journal: Decision Tree
Board Vitals. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.
Week 5 Bipolar Disorders
Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
Optional Resources
Assignments “Captain of the Ship” Project – Bipolar Disorders
FHEA Exam Follow-up
Practicum: Decision Tree
Board Vitals
Week 6 Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, and Related Disorders
Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
Optional Resources
Discussion Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
Assignments Midterm Exam
Week 6 Practicum Journal: Reimbursement Rates
Board Vitals
Week 7 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
Optional Resources
Assignments “Captain of the Ship” Project – Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
Week 7 Practicum Journal: Checkpoint for Certification Plan
Week 5 Practicum: Decision Tree
Week 6 Practicum Journal – Reimbursement Rates
Board Vitals. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.
Week 8 Neurocognitive Disorders
Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
Optional Resources
Discussion Treatment of Neurocognitive Disorders
Assignments Practicum: Decision Tree
Board Vitals
Week 9 Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
Assignments “Captain of the Ship” Project – Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Week 9 Practicum Journal: State Practice Agreements
Board Vitals
Week 10 Sleep/Wake Disorders and Parasomnias
Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
Optional Resources
Discussion Treatment of Sleep/Wake Disorders
Assignments Week 10 Practicum Journal: Checkpoint for Certification Plan. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.
Week 8 Practicum: Decision Tree
Week 9 Practicum Journal: State Practice Agreements
Board Vitals
Week 11 Gender Dysphoria, Paraphilic Disorders, and Sexual Dysfunction
Learning Resources Required Readings
Required Media
Discussion Assessment and Treatment of Gender Dysphoria, Paraphilic Disorders, and Sexual Dysfunction
Assignments Final Exam
Board Vitals. NURS 6670 PMH NP Role II: Adult-Syllabus.
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