NURS 252 Nursing Care of the Behavioral Health Client • 3 Cr.


Focuses on the nurse's therapeutic role in maintaining and enhancing behavioral health. Students learn to meet the needs of clients with challenged emotional and/or cognitive abilities that impair their day-to-day functioning. Formerly NURS 221X. Prerequisites: NURS 124 with a grade of C or better, and NURS 125 with credit.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explore factors that influence behavioral (mental) health and illness
  • Identify the components of a mental status assessment
  • Communicate mental status assessments in oral and written formats
  • Explore culturally-appropriate interventions in response to an individual's impaired (or challenged) mental status
  • Evaluate evidence-based practice as a means of providing effective and individualized nursing care related to anxiety, affective, thought and/or personality disorders
  • Analyze therapy groups in regards to group member roles and therapeutic communication
  • Identify the major classifications and effects of psychotropic medications along with nursing strategies that are relevant to safe and effective medication management in a psychiatric health care setting