Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing
8.0 / Upper
The UExcel Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing examination is based on material typically taught in a sequence of courses in psychiatric/mental health nursing. This two-semester, eight-credit, upper-level undergraduate course for nursing majors measures knowledge and understanding of the theoretical/therapeutic foundations for psychiatric/mental health nursing practice and tests the application of this knowledge and understanding to the nursing care of clients, using the nursing process as an organizing framework. Within this framework, the client system is defined as the individual, the family, the small group, or the community, with major emphasis on the individual. The examination requires a familiarity with the concepts generally covered in introductory psychology, biology, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and nursing theory. (* This exam does NOT apply toward the Excelsior College nursing degrees. Multiple-choice examination.)
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