PRAC 6665 – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Care Across the Lifespan I Practicum
Assignment: PRAC 6665 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
Support, Guidelines, and Policies
2 credits in 11 weeks
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 approximately 28 hours of complete student work. This time requirement represents an approximate average for undergraduate work and the minimum expectations for graduate work. The number and activities estimated to fulfill time requirements will vary by degree level, student learning style, and student familiarity with the delivery method and course content.
This is the third of four practicum courses in the advanced practice psychiatric-mental health curriculum. Students will apply their knowledge of psychopathology, psychopharmacology, and psychiatric assessment to diagnose, treat, and manage mental health disorders in children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. The focus of this course is on advanced nursing practice in mental health settings. Note: Students with catalog years before Spring 2018 must complete a minimum of 144 practicum hours; those with catalog years beginning Spring 2018 must complete a minimum of 160 practicum hours. A minimum of 80 patient encounters (40 children/adolescents and 40 adults/older adults) are required.
NURS 6630: Psychopharmacological Approaches to Treatment of Psychopathology
NRNP 6635: Psychopathology and Diagnostic Reasoning
PRAC 6635: Psychopathology and Diagnostic Reasoning Practicum
NRNP 6645: Psychotherapy With Multiple Modalities
PRAC 6645: Psychotherapy With Multiple Modalities Practicum
NRNP 6665: PMHNP Care Across the Lifespan I
*This course is ideally taken concurrently as a corequisite but may also be taken as a prerequisite if needed.
Course Learning Outcomes
By the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:
Assess advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing skills for strengths and opportunities
Develop professional plans in advanced nursing practice for the practicum experience
Apply advanced practice nursing assessment, diagnosis, and treatment skills in mental health settings
Analyze cases involving advanced care of patients across the lifespan in mental health settings
Formulate differential diagnoses for patients across the lifespan in mental health settings
Formulate appropriate treatment plans that include psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic techniques
Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams as a social change agent to improve clinical practice in mental health settings
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College of Nursing Alignment of Learner Outcomes
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Document: PRAC 6665 CON Alignment of Learning Outcomes (PDF)
Please visit the University bookstore via your Walden student portal to ensure you obtain the correct version of any course texts and materials noted in the following section. When receiving your materials, make sure that all required items are included.
You should already have these texts from earlier coursework:
Carlat, D. J. (2017). The psychiatric interview (4th ed.). Wolters Kluwer.
Stern, T. A., Fava, M., Wilens, T. E., & Rosenbaum, J. F. (2016). Massachusetts General Hospital Psychopharmacology and neurotherapeutics. Elsevier.
Consult all other textbooks from prerequisite prior coursework as needed.
Other readings (journal articles, websites, book excerpts, etc.) are assigned throughout the module and may be found within each module.
Assigned course media elements may be found in one or more course modules and are available via a streaming media player or a hyperlink to the individual item.
Dedicated Support for Course Media
You may use the following email address and toll-free number for any questions or concerns about media in the course.
Primary and Secondary Sources
Review the following information before selecting resources for assignments.
: A primary source is an original document that is the first account of what happened. A research report is primary, and you can tell because it includes materials and methods demonstrating how the research was done. Some creative work is also primary, such as poetry, novels, and interviews of people who experienced something firsthand. In nursing, an evidence-based discipline, we strive to use primary research published in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.
Scholarly, peer-reviewed journal:
Scholarly journals publish papers by professional authors and experts in the field using a peer-review process to review the work and assure quality before publishing. The focus of a scholarly journal is to provide accurate information for scholars and other researchers. The focus is on content rather than advertising, a direct contrast to popular media. Scholarly journals publish both primary and secondary papers, the former usually noted as original research and the latter as reviews and commentaries. Letters to the editor may also be published but should be recognized as opinion pieces.
Note: When selecting articles for course assignments, you are advised (unless you are referencing seminal information) to focus on work published within the past 5 years.
A secondary source is one step removed from the source. This work interprets and often compiles other work, including review articles, textbooks, fact sheets, and commentaries about a topic. It also includes news reports of original research. Secondary work is more prone to error and bias than primary work because it is filtered through an additional person or persons. Review papers can be useful to glean information about a topic and find other sources from the reference list. Still, the original, primary research should be relied on most heavily in demonstrating scholarship, depth, and validation of factual information.
Assignments: The Assignments allow you to apply the skills and knowledge gained through the Learning Resources and at your practicum site. See specific weeks for detailed descriptions of the Assignments. In grading some of the required Assignments, your Instructor will be using rubrics located in the Course Information area.
Note: The course Assignments will require that you completely and accurately demonstrate critical thinking via assimilation and synthesis of ideas when using the credible outside and course-specific resources (i.e., video, required readings, textbook), when comparing different points of view, highlighting similarities, differences, and connections, and/or when lending support to your Assignment responses.
This Practicum course contains several different types of Assignments:
Self-Assessment and Journal
A student self-assessment and a reflective journal occur at the beginning and end of the course to consider strengths, opportunities for improvement, guiding goals, and growth.
Clinical Hour and Patient Logs
Students must keep a log of the time spent related to their practicum experience and enter every patient they see each day. Students can access their logs from the Welcome Page in their Meditrek account. Students will track time individually for each patient they work with. Students are required to input their hours throughout the term continuously. Logs are reviewed and evaluated by Instructors each week to track student progress. Failure to keep clinical hours and patient logs current may hinder success in the class. Please print and save your completed patient log at the end of your clinical experiences for future use as a component of your portfolio.
Focused SOAP Notes and Patient Case Presentations
Students complete documentation on a patient from their practicum in the Focused SOAP Note and Patient Case Presentation Assignments. They record themselves presenting an analysis of the case. Videos should be created in Kaltura, support for which may be found in the Blackboard classroom.
Grading Criteria and Total Components of a Grade
Course grades will be based on participation (postings) and completion of assignments listed below.
Letter grades will be assigned as follows:
90%–100% = A
80%–89% = B
70%–79% = C
< 70% = F Note: Please see below the policy on Incomplete (I) grades. Assignment Total Points Percentage (Weighted) Practicum Site Information Form Self-Assessment Practicum Experience Plan Journal 310 10% Weeks 1–10 Clinical Hour and Patient Logs (x 10) 100 10% Focused SOAP Notes and Patient Case Presentations (x 3) 300 30% Midterm Evaluation Final Clinical Evaluation 200 50% Total 910 100% Practicum Site Information Form and Clinical Hour and Patient Logs are 10 points each. All other assessments are 100 points each. Incomplete Grade Policy Per university policy, Incomplete grades can be granted only to students who have already met the minimum criteria for active weekly participation in a course (including weekly postings in online courses) and have completed at least 80% of other coursework. Incompletes can be awarded when, because of extenuating circumstances, a student has not met additional course requirements, including but not limited to written assignments, group projects, and research papers, as applicable. All Incomplete grades are awarded at the discretion of the Course Faculty. Students eligible for an Incomplete must contact the Course Faculty to request the grade as soon as possible. Students who do not meet the criteria listed above will not be allowed to earn an Incomplete. If the Incomplete is approved, the Faculty Member will work with the student to outline the due date(s) for the remaining work. Under no circumstances will the new due dates extend beyond 50 days from the last day of the term. Faculty will then have 10 days to assess the work and post the permanent grade before the university-allotted Incomplete time limit of 60 days expires. All Incomplete grades not resolved within the time allotted will convert to permanent grades of F. Instructor Feedback Schedule The Instructor will log in to the course during the week to monitor the Discussion area in those weeks when a Discussion is assigned. Feedback will be provided via the My Grades area, the Discussion area, and/or the Announcements page. You can expect your 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 learning facilitator rather than a lecturer. 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. Course Procedures You are encouraged to post course-related questions to the Contact the Instructor area as they may be of interest to all; however, it is often best to email the Instructor if your question is urgent. If your emailed inquiry is thought to benefit all, it may be responded to by the Instructor via email or posted as an announcement. Instructor feedback on content and writing issues that are thought to benefit the entire class may be posted to the Contact the Instructor area; however, most personal critiques will be done privately in the Grade Center. Check the Grade Center for comments every week, even if you received full credit. Please feel free to use the Class Café to initiate and participate in conversations unrelated to the course. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know other students better. The Instructor will browse the Class Café occasionally but generally will not respond to conversations posted there unless students have specific questions for them. Check the email account you use for official Walden University business regularly. The expectation is that you check this email account daily during the week. If you experience difficulty sending or receiving Walden emails, please contact the Student Support Team. Contact information for the Student Support Team is located in the Student Support area. Review all materials in the Course Information area and the materials contained under each of the weekly buttons. Preferred Methods for Delivering Assignments Clinical Hour and Patient Logs and the Midterm and Final Clinical Evaluations are completed in MediaTek. The link to Meditrek is provided in the classroom. Assignments are submitted to the SafeAssign link and named according to the assignment’s week. Each week’s assignment area includes directions for naming each Application Assignment. Please ensure that all written Application Assignments are saved and submitted as a “.doc” file. All email correspondence must contain the subject line “PRAC 6665-XX-NAME” (XX is the section number) followed by a brief description of the subject. This subject line convention ensures that your email will be easily identified and responded to on time. It is required that the email contain a signature that matches the official name used in the course. Late Assignment Policy Students are expected to submit assignments by the due dates noted in the course. In extenuating circumstances, such as illness, the student must contact the Instructor as soon as possible to discuss the situation. In those circumstances, Faculty will determine the appropriate course of action for the student. Depending on the situation, these actions may include recommendations to drop the course (if within the university drop/withdrawal period), acceptance of some or all of the overdue assignments with or without penalties, or failure to accept assignments. Assignments submitted late without the prior agreement of the Instructor, outside of an emergency absence, or in violation of agreements for late submission will receive a grade reduction for the assignment amounting up to 20%. After 5 days, the assignment will not be graded. Students should be aware that late assignments may not receive the same written feedback level as assignments submitted on time. 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. Course Evaluation At or near the end of the course, you will receive an email inviting you to submit an online evaluation of the course and instruction. All submitted course evaluations are confidential, and only aggregate data and comments will be shared with the Instructor and Program Director. Your feedback is vitally important to Walden University to improve its programs continuously. Students With Disabilities Students in this course who have a disability that might prevent them from fully demonstrating their abilities should contact the director of Disability Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-925-3368, ext. 312-1205 and +1-612-925-3368 or https://www.waldenu.edu/contact for international toll-free numbers as soon as possible to initiate disability verification and discuss accommodations that may be necessary to ensure full participation in the successful completion of course requirements. 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 before the official start date will not count toward your participation. Financial Aid cannot be released without class participation, as defined above. Students who take 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. Students who have already taken and 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 cannot complete your assignments, please contact your Faculty Member. Checklist The module course checklist below outlines the assignments due for the course. For full assignment details and directions, refer to each course module. 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 timestamp in the classroom will reflect Eastern Time (ET), regardless of your time zone. As long as your submission timestamp is no later than 1:59 a.m. Eastern Time (ET), you have submitted on time. To view the Calendar To view the Course Calendar: Course Calendar To View a Printable Course Schedule For full assignment details and directions, refer to each course module. Click on the PRAC 6665 Course Schedule (PDF) link to access the Course Schedule. Document: PRAC 6665 Course Schedule (PDF) Assignment: PRAC 6665 SYLLABUS Assignment: PRAC 6665 SYLLABUS Assignment: PRAC 6665 SYLLABUS Assignment: PRAC 6665 SYLLABUS Assignment: PRAC 6665 SYLLABUS Assignment: PRAC 6665 SYLLABUS Assignment: PRAC 6665 SYLLABUS Assignment: PRAC 6665 SYLLABUS Checklist Week Assignment Title Week 1 Competencies of Advanced Nursing Practice Learning Resources Required Readings Assignment 1 Practicum Site Information Assignment 2 Clinical Skills Self-Assessment Assignment 3 Clinical Hour and Patient Logs Week 2 Practicum Experience Plan Learning Resources Required Readings Reminder Introductory Communication Assignment 1 Clinical Hour and Patient Logs Assignment 2 Practicum Experience Plan (PEP) Week 3 Focused SOAP Note and Patient Case Presentation Learning Resources Required Readings Assignment 1 Clinical Hour and Patient Logs Assignment 2 Focused SOAP Note and Patient Case Presentation Week 4 Mood Disorders Across the Lifespan Learning Resources Required Readings Assignment Clinical Hour and Patient Logs Week 5 Midterm Clinical Evaluation Learning Resources Required Readings Assignment 1 Clinical Hour and Patient Logs Assignment 2 Midterm Clinical Evaluation Week 6 Eating, Sleeping, and Elimination Disorders Learning Resources Required Readings Assignment Clinical Hour and Patient Logs Week 7 Focused SOAP Note and Patient Case Presentation Learning Resources Required Readings Assignment 1 Clinical Hour and Patient Logs Assignment 2 Focused SOAP Note and Patient Case Presentation Week 8 Dissociative and Somatic Symptom-Related Disorders Learning Resources Required Readings Assignment Clinical Hour and Patient Logs Week 9 Focused SOAP Note and Patient Case Presentation Learning Resources Required Readings Assignment 1 Clinical Hour and Patient Logs Assignment 2 Focused SOAP Note and Patient Case Presentation Week 10 Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders; Final Clinical Evaluation Learning Resources Required Readings Assignment 1 Clinical Hour and Patient Logs Assignment 2 Final Clinical Evaluation Week 11 Journal Reminder Retrieve Your Patient Log Assignment Journal Entry Bibliography The bibliography contains the references for all learning materials in the course. A link has been provided to download and save the bibliography for your convenience. You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort, and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes. Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed types and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to compress it into fewer pages. Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper is unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor. The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced, with a one-inch margin on each page’s top, bottom, and sides. When submitting a hard copy, use white paper and print it out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument Other posts: HLT 540 Grand Canyon Week 6 Complete Work Video presentation about gastrointestinal disease MIS 610 Full Course Assignments GCU BIO 316 Week 2 Discussions GCU
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