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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 April 1 to June 30, 2023. No content will be released during the week of May 6, 2024.  

Please note you must complete all 13 modules in order to claim credit for this course. 


Module Opens

Group Call  


Welcome and Introduction

Mar 25

[Opening Post]


Module 1         

PMHN Assessment Formats

Apr 1

Wed, Apr 10 @ 11:30 am-12:00 pm ET

Module 2

Review of Psychotropic Medications

Apr 15

Wed, Apr 24 @ 11:30 am-12:00 pm ET

Module 3

Clinical Tools and Resources

Apr 29

Wed, May 15 @ 11:30 am-12:00 pm ET

Module 4           

Tools for Improved Communication

May 20

Wed, May 29 @ 11:30 am-12:00 pm ET

Module 5

Comorbid Medical Conditions

Jun 3

Wed, Jun 12 @ 11:30 am-12:00 pm ET

Module 6        

Symptom Measurement and Recovery

Jun 17

Wed, Jun 26 @ 11:30 am-12:00 pm ET

Program/Syllabus Ends

Jun 30

[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: 19.0 hours  

Program Start Date: April 1, 2024 

Program End Date: June 30, 2024 

Credit Available Until: August 29, 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™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the 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) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) 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 15.0 AMA 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. Dr. Torous has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
  • Teri Brister, PHD, LPC, National Alliance for Mental Illness. Dr. Brister has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
  • Joseph Ventura, PhD, UCLA, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science. Dr. Ventura has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.  
  • 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
Access expires on 08/29/2024
Credit Offered:
15 CME Credits
15 NCPD Credits
15 COP Credits
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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