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Building and Using a Comprehensive Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Assessment (Spring 2020)

Activity Type:

  • On Demand Plus

Release Date: 3/25/2020

Expiration Date: 7/7/2020

  • Nursing Continuing Professional Development: 6
  • Participation: 6



Registration is now closed. Maximum capacity for this course has been reached. 

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, 2020 to June 23, 2020.

(Biweekly video conferences are scheduled on Mondays from 2-3pm ET)


FREE - $0

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 

Learning Objectives

  • Review comprehensive psychiatric mental health nursing (PMHN) assessment approaches and formats
  • 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 medical settings (e.g., clinics, hospitals, emergency departments); RN Supervisors and Educators

Instructional Level


Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 12 weeks; 12 hours
Program Begin Date: April 1, 2020
Program End Date: June 23, 2020
Credit Claim End Date: July 7, 2020

This course has a 12-week syllabus and is a collaborative learning experience, not independent study. 

Credit must be claimed within 14 days of the end of the last session. 

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn 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 evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official NCPD certificate (nurses) or certificate of participation (other professions) showing the date of completion and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Instructor and Planner

  • Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, University of Texas at Austin.  Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.   
  • Stella Logan, APRN, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Specialist. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.   


  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.   
  • Teri Brister, PHD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. 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.

Hardware/Software Requirements

This course utilizes a variety of online resources and file types for its assignments. Please check that your device and network is compatible with the minimum requirements:

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