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NGRD 542. Psychiatric NP II: Links to Information Sources: Library Links

Welcome! If you are in the NGRD 542 class on Psychiatric NP, this guide is for you. In the following pages, I have identified information resources that parallel the stated learning objectives of the course. Use this guide in conjunction with the Basic


Course Description

This is a graduate level assessment and health promotion course for the preparation of Certification as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. It focuses on mental health promotion and assessment of psychiatric disorders occurring in children, adolescents, adults and families across the lifespan.

NGRD 542 is the second (2) of six (6) sequential clinical courses designed to move the student towards the completion of entry-level competencies for the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. The university quarter (11 weeks) course focuses on assessment and mental health promotion for individuals across the lifespan, families, and populations at risk for developing or having a psychiatric disorder of mental health problem.  The course is designed to prepare the student PMHNP to provide primary mental health care through relationship based, continuous and comprehensive services.

Learning Outcomes

The experiences in this course will enhance the learner’s ability to:

  1. Assess child, adolescent, adult and geriatric clients to determine who is at high risk for common mental health disorders.

  2. Use psychological and psychiatric evaluation tools to screen and evaluate for common mental health problems in psychiatric clients across the lifespan.

  3. Access and participate in utilizing health promotion resources to assist in the awareness of and risk for common mental health problems in psychiatric clients across the lifespan.

  4. Begin to identify common laboratory tests used in advance practice psychiatric nursing that will influence psycho-pharmacological treatment interventions or responses to psycho-pharmacological interventions.

  5. Discuss of the importance of collaboration and psycho-education with health care professionals and family and social networks in the assessment and management of the psychiatric client across the lifespan.



History of mental health nursing


A history of mental health nursing / by Peter Nolan.  Cheltenham, UK : Stanley Thomas Publishers, c1993.
Preview on Google Books.


Course Instructor:

Brenda Boyle, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Instructor

Office: Room 1326
Telephone: (909) 558-1000, ext. 86450
Cell: (909) 725-4835
Available by appointment