Neurobiology and Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders – NURS 751
CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/12/2020
This foundational course focuses on mental disorders across the lifespan. Based on anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, this course examines underlying causality including injury, trauma, developmental, genetic, infection and disease including degeneration. The relationships to support homeostasis between the body and brain, and within the brain will be explored. This course also integrates the use of case-based learning to approach differential psychiatric diagnoses. Students will gain skills in interviewing, observation, and the use of and interpretation of screening, tools, behavioral assessments and diagnostic tests. Case studies will be based on the most current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM 5) and other appropriate diagnostic tools and methods.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
This PMHNP course helps meet standards of graduate level nursing education as articulated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing. This course meets standards of nurse practitioner education as articulated by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).
- Professional Standards
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2006).The essentials of doctoral education for advanced nursing practice. Washington, D.C. AACN.
American Nurses Association. (2015). Guide to the Code of Ethics for Nurses: Interpretation and Application. Silver Spring, MA.
American Nurses Association. (2015). Nursing: Scope and standards of practice (3rd ed.). Washington, D.C: ANA.
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. (2017). Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies Content. Washington, D.C.: NONPF.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Apply scientific understanding of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neurochemistry, and their relationship and application to clinical diseases and disorders, trauma, injury, developmental disorders, and genetics seen in individuals across the lifespan in primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings. AACN DNP Essentials, 2006: 1, 2; NONPF, 2017: Scientific Foundation 2, 4; Quality 2; Health Delivery Systems Competencies: 5, 7; LU PLO 1.
- Apply nursing, psychopathology, psycho-social, genetics, and population health knowledge in assessment and management of individuals and families, including health promotion and disease prevention and chronic and complex acute psychiatric mental health issues (AACN Essentials I, III, VII, VIII; NONPF 2017: Scientific Foundation Competencies 1-3, Health Delivery System Competencies 1, 3, 4; Ethics Competencies 1-3; Independent Practice Competencies 2, 3; LU PLO 1, 3, 5, 6).
- Formulate evidence-based pharmacological and nonpharmacological therapeutic treatment plans including health promotion and disease prevention, care of chronic and complex acute psychiatric mental health issues of individuals and families (AACN Essentials I, III, VII, VIII; NONPF 2017: Scientific Foundation Competencies 1-4; Health Delivery System Competencies 3-5, 7; Ethics Competencies 1-3; Independent Practice Competencies 1-3; LU PLO 1, 3, 5, 6).
- Describe the role of the advanced practice psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) to integrate cultural, legal, ethical, and socioeconomic factors that affect psychiatric mental health individuals and families seeking care, including health promotion and disease prevention for chronic and complex acute psychiatric mental health issues (AACN Essentials 2006, I, V, VII, VIII; NONPF: Scientific Foundation Competencies 1-4; Health Delivery System Competencies 3-5, 7; Ethics Competencies 1-3; Independent Practice Competencies 1-3; LU PLO 1, 6, 7).
- Collaborate with health professionals and community key resources for advocacy, policy, health promotion and disease prevention, and management of chronic and complex acute psychiatric mental health issues of individuals and families (AACN Essentials 2006, I, II, VI, VII; NONPF 2017: Leadership Competency 2; Practice Inquiry Competency 4; Health Delivery System Competencies 1-3, 5-6; Independent Practice Competencies 1-3; LU PLO 2, 5, 6).
- Analyze evidence to evaluate the effectiveness of screening tools, diagnostic tools/criteria including the use of the current edition Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for clinical decisions in the psychiatric care of individuals and families who present for health promotion/disease prevention, chronic and complex acute psychiatric mental health issues across the lifespan (AACN Essentials I, III, VII, VIII; NONPF 2017: Scientific Foundation 1-4; Quality Competencies 1-3, 5; Practice Inquiry Competencies 2-4, 6; Health Delivery System Competencies 1, 3, 5, Ethics Competencies 2-3; Independent Practice Competencies 1-3; LU PLO 1, 3, 5, 6).
- Apply the role of the advanced practice PMHNP to provide assessment, screening/diagnosis, treatment modalities and management of individuals/families across the span, including advocacy, policy, and placement criteria within the continuum of care. (AACN Essentials, 2006, I, III, V, VIII; NONPF 2017, Scientific Foundations, 1, 3; Quality 3; Practice Inquiry 6; LU PLO 1.
- Evaluate evidence-based therapeutic models of interview techniques to develop a relationship and patient-centered care for individuals and families across the life span (NONPF 2017, Scientific Foundation Competencies 2, 4; Quality Competencies 5; Practice Inquiry Competencies 6; Technology and Information Literacy Competencies 2b; Independent Practice 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d; LU PLO 1, 6, 7).
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.
Neuro Workshop Paper
This assignment provides the opportunity for students to select, research, and present from lists of neurological disorders. Students will have opportunity to explore the neurobiology of the chosen topic. Students should submit a 6-8 page paper, written in current APA format using excellent grammar, spelling and syntax, and include 4-5 scientific peer reviewed resources including the text written within the past five years. Paper will consist of title page/6-8 content pages/reference page(s).Please see Neuro Workshop Paper Grading Rubric in NURS 751 Bb Course.
Symptom Analysis Evaluation (2)
The student will write two Symptom Analysis Evaluation based on assigned case study that focus on assessment, diagnosis and treatment plan of chronic mental health symptom. The use of at least five references is required in APA format, which may include the course textbook. Please see Symptom Analysis Grading Rubric in NURS 751 Bb Course.
WebEx class presentation (3)
Students will prepare five slides PowerPoint Presentation to lead a short WebEx discussion according to assigned topic from the Module/Week requirements. Each group will be provided 10 minutes to present their slides. An additional 2-3 minutes may be used to answer questions. Further discussion can take place as time permits. At least 2 peer-reviewed or evidence-based references should be utilized in the presentation.
Evidence Based Article Review
The student will review one evidence based article based on assigned module. This assignment allows student to gain knowledge in the topic area. This assignment must be at least 2-3 pages of content and adhere to current APA format. A title page and reference page in current APA format are required. Please see Evidence Based Article Review Grading Rubric in NURS 751 Bb Course.
Mid-term and Final Examinations
Exams will be proctored by Proctorio.