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NUR 1520     Nursing of Adults - Mental Health and Maladaptive Behavior     4 Credit Hours

Equivalent: NUR 1440

Prerequisite: NUR 1290 NUR 1410 or NUR 1811 each with a grade of 'B-' or better.
Note: Prerequisites for courses in this department are not automatically waived for College Guest students and students with a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. institution.
Corequisite: NUR 1450 NUR 1460 NUR 1470 or NUR 1812

This course presents the essential concepts of mental health and illness. The theory component emphasizes adaptive and maladaptive patterns of behavior, personality development, defense mechanisms, coping patterns, substance abuse and exploration of the variables affecting the development of psychopathology. The clinical focus is on the development of nursing skills and the use of the nursing process with clients exhibiting emotional disorder. Therapeutic communication skills are integrated and practiced throughout the course. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 7