NURS 253 Behavioral Health Clinical • 2 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. Formerly NURS 221Z. Prerequisites: NURS 124 with a grade of C or better, and NURS 125 with credit. Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Assess client for pertinent changes in health status in a timely manner
  • Establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship with a psychiatric client
  • Identify and reduce safety risks for psychiatric patients
  • Collaborate with health team members for effective continuity of care  
  • Use systematic documentation to increase the accuracy of clinical records
  • Identify technology and information management systems to support safe processes of care