Sep 30, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)
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PRAC 6635 - Psychopathology and Diagnostic Reasoning Practicum


(2 cr.)
Advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurses need to have the knowledge and ability to provide safe, competent, and comprehensive mental health assessments to patients in mental health settings across the lifespan. Students in this course apply assessment skills to include psychiatric interviewing, history taking, and examination to gather patient data to inform diagnosis. They also apply knowledge of psychopathology and diagnostic reasoning in clinical settings for health promotion and psychiatric assessment, and to develop differential diagnosis for patients with psychiatric and substance use disorders across the lifespan. Students synthesize their knowledge from previous coursework and professional experiences to develop advanced communication and documentation skills.
Prerequisites
  • NURS 6501
  • NURS 6512
  • NURS 6521
  • NURS 6052
  • NURS 6630

Note: Students with catalog years before Spring 2018 must complete a minimum of 144 practicum hours. Students with catalog years beginning Spring 2018 must complete a minimum of 160 practicum hours. A minimum of 80 patients are required. Required hours cannot be completed sooner than 8 weeks.



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