Caring for Patients with Mental Health Issues, 4th Edition


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About the Course: 
This comprehensive course delves into a spectrum of mental health topics crucial for healthcare professionals. From anxiety and mood disorders to suicide risk assessment and the complexities of schizophrenia, participants will gain insight and skills essential for providing optimal care. Substance use disorders, trauma management, and workplace violence are examined, along with the intricacies of caring for individuals with cognitive disorders. Additionally, psychological responses to chronic illness, sensory loss, and end-of-life care are explored. Equipped with evidence-based knowledge and compassionate approaches, healthcare workers will be prepared to deliver effective mental health care across diverse healthcare settings.

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the communication process, essential interpersonal skills for patient care, and strategies for identifying and assessing mental health issues.  
  • Recognize ethical and legal considerations in healthcare practice when dealing with individuals experiencing psychiatric/mental health or psychosocial problems.  
  • Identify common psychological issues associated with child and elder abuse.  
  • Classify signs, symptoms, and appropriate nursing care for patients dealing with anxiety, mood disorders, suicidal ideation, psychosis, substance-related disorders, trauma, and confusion.  
  • Identify various types of sleep-wake disorders and outline their management.  
  • Differentiate the classifications, usage, and proper administration of psychotropic medications.  
  • Analyze potential aggressiveness in patients and apply interventions to prevent workplace violence.  
  • Identify manipulative behaviors exhibited by patients and implement effective interventions.  
  • Examine major risk factors for nonadherence and interventions to enhance compliance.  
  • Select common psychological responses to specific chronic illnesses and their respective treatments.  
  • Recognize common psychological responses to sensory or bodily loss across different scenarios.  
  • Illustrate the healthcare worker's role in assisting patients facing challenges related to death and dying. 


About the Author: 
Mary Perry MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certified Across the Lifespan. She received her BSN in 2006 from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, her MSN in 2016, and a post-graduate certificate in 2020 from The University of Alabama. Her previous employment includes the United States Air Force as an active-duty nurse, the United States Navy in Okinawa, Japan as an independent contract nurse, and at Troy University in Montgomery, Alabama as an adjunct professor.  

How to receive credit:

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 20-hour commitment of time. 
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity. 
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 75% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Provide required personal and payment information. 
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation. 
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.



Resolution of Conflict of Interest 
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.  

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