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Building and Using a Comprehensive Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Assessment


This 12-week virtual learning collaborative is designed to give participants advanced skills and knowledge to develop and implement comprehensive psychiatric mental health nursing assessments in a variety of health care and community settings.  Content will include a review of psychiatric diagnoses and symptoms along with comorbid medical conditions and complications of patients with serious mental illnesses. Discussion of assessment and monitoring strategies for medical and psychiatric diagnoses will enhance the understanding and skills of participants.  The applied skills and knowledge obtained in this course will provide a basis for establishing effective care that will identify and address a variety of health care problems and risks encountered in patients with serious mental illnesses and support patients in recovery.  

Program Schedule 

The facilitated 12-week syllabus will be held from September 11, 2023 to December 17, 2023. No content will be released during the week of October 9, and November 20, 2023. 

Please note you must complete all 7 modules in order to claim credit for this course. 


Module Opens 

Group Call   


Welcome and Introduction 

Sep 4 

[Opening Post] 


Module 1          

PMHN Assessment Formats 

Sep 11 

Weds, Sep 20 @ 11-11:30 am ET 

Module 2 

Review of Psychotropic Medications 

Sep 25 

Weds, Oct 4 @ 11-11:30 am ET 

Module 3 

Clinical Tools and Resources 

Oct 16 

Weds, Oct 25 @ 11-11:30 am ET 

Module 4            

Tools for Improved Communication 

Oct 30 

Weds, Nov 8 @ 11-11:30 am ET 

Module 5 

Comorbid Medical Conditions 

Nov 13 

Weds, Nov 29 @ 11-11:30 am ET 

Module 6         

Symptom Measurement and Recovery 

Nov 27 

Weds, Dec 13 @ 11-11:30 am ET 

Program/Syllabus Ends 

Dec 17 

[Final post on Dec 15] 



FREE - $0 

Learning Objectives 

  • Review comprehensive psychiatric mental health nursing (PMHN) assessment approaches and formats, including assessment implementation and changes during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
  • Identify essential psychiatric and physical health concerns, screening guidelines, and data patterns to observe, monitor, and record during treatment for psychiatric conditions. 
  • Use effective communication techniques for improving patient care and to promote a culture of safety in psychiatric care settings. 


Target Audience 

RNs from psychiatric and/or medical settings (e.g., clinics, hospitals, ED); RN Supervisors or Educators 

Instructional Level 


Estimated Time to Complete 
Estimated Duration: 15.0 hours  

Program Begin Date: September 11, 2023 

Program End Date: December 17, 2023 

Credit Claim End Date: February 15, 2024 

Note: This course has a 12-week syllabus. Credit must be claimed within 60 days of the last session. 

How to Earn Credit 

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, nursing continuing professional development credit (NCPD, formerly CNE) or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the program evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), NCPD certificate (nurses) or certificate of participation (other professions) showing the date of completion and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit 

In support of improving patient care, the American Psychiatric Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.  


The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 15.0AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Nurses/Nurse Practitioners 

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) designates this activity for 15.0 nursing contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Faculty and Planner Disclosures 

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.  


  • Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, University of Texas at Austin. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.    


  • John Torous, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.    
  • Teri Brister, PHD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.    
  • Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, University of Texas at Austin. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.    

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities 

The American Psychiatric Association is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website to people with disabilities. If you have trouble accessing any of APA’s online resources, please contact us at 202-559-3900 for assistance. 

Availability: On-Demand
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered
Contains: 13 Courses
Funding for SMI Adviser was made possible by Grant No. SM080818 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, SAMHSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.
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