NURS 221Z Behavioral Health Clinical • 3 Cr.


Provides experience in acute inpatient psychiatric facilities and various community-based mental health programs. Students practice the nursing process in providing client-centered care. Prerequisite: NURS 102X and 102Z.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Display therapeutic use of self with individuals and groups in a psychiatric health care setting. Perform competent mental status assessment skills. Provide culturally-sensitive interventions that promote self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and/or enhance coping of individuals with compromised mental status. Utilize therapeutic techniques in care practices with individuals experiencing symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and/or suicidal ideation. Analyze the use of evidence-based interventions to assist the adult client toward mental health promotion and wellness. Evaluate effects of psychoactive medications including symptom abatement, side effects, and indications of toxicity.