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The Nova Scotia Health Learning Institute for Health Care Providers is pleased to offer the following courses from our RN Bridging/Re-Entry Program. This program will help nurses enhance their professional practice, meet regulatory body requirements or review content assessed on the national licensure examination. 

Psychiatric Mental Health Theory

Psychiatric Mental Health offers an examination of concepts related to psychiatric and mental health nursing within the context of the therapeutic relationship. Aspects of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention are addressed as a basis for promoting and sustaining optimum mental health functioning. Complex acute and chronic disorders are explored using case studies, which helps learners to explore clients’ “lived-experiences” of illness. Learning is facilitated through written lessons with learning activities, textbook and journal readings.

Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical

Note: Learners are only permitted to take this course when they are referred.

Psychiatric Mental Health practicum is designed to provide learners with nursing practice experience in caring for the Psychiatric-Mental Health client in the contemporary Canadian context. Supervised nursing practice experiences on selected clinical units will assist the learner to integrate the professional knowledge of registered nursing practice in Canada and enhance critical thinking skills and decision-making skills. The clinical consists of approximately 80 hours of preceptored experience. It is expected that the learner will meet all of the clinical competencies.

It is policy at the Learning Institute that learners complete pre-clinical requirements prior to the clinical course. These requirements are set forth by the health care organizations and include such things as immunizations, criminal record checks and Basic Life Support certification. You will be required to submit other placement specific documents and you will be notified about other applicable prerequisites upon course registration. 

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For more information, including admission requirements, please contact us at LearningInstitute@nshealth.ca