Purdue Northwest Curriculum Document
Program Name: Psychology Department course offering for the RN to BSN online degree
- Document No: CHESS 17-02 New Course PSY 25200
- Proposed Effective Date: January 1, 2018
- Submitting Department: Psychology Department, CHESS
- Date Reviewed by Department: September 15, 2017
- Submission Date: September 19, 2017
- Date Reviewed College/School Curriculum Committee: September 29, 2017 (CHESS cc)
October 6, 2017 (CHESS council)
- Contact Person: Dr. Alicia January, Assistant Professor of Psychology
- Approval by Faculty Senate: December 8, 2017
- Date Reviewed by Senate Curriculum Committee: November 17, 2017
- Name(s) of Library Staff Consulted:Not Applicable
- Will New Library Resources Used?: No
- Form 40 Needed?: Yes
Task: Course Change or New Course Proposal
Section II: This section is for changes in courses only
- Subject: New course: Health Psychology for Nurses
- Justification: Training and coursework in the area of health psychology can facilitate a better understanding of patients’ mental processes and behaviors, the role of mental health in illness, and the tools necessary to help facilitate change behavior. Additionally, given the high rate of burnout and stress in the helping professions, taking a health psychology course can provide students with information and resources on the importance and value of self-care. There is no other course currently in the curriculum that meets these interdisciplinary needs.
PSY 25200 Health Psychology for Nurses
This course is intended for nurses and related healthcare practitioners to introduce them to the essentials of health psychology. The course will address basic research, theoretical models, and processes by which psychosocial and behavioral factors relate to health. The course will also focus on behavioral health interventions and clinical skills as they relate to diseases, disorders, or health problems.
Prerequisite: PSY 12000 (or equivalent) with a C- or better.
Class 3, Lab 0, Credit 3
Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, the student should be able to:
- Identify key theories of health and behavior change
- Define common mental disorders and recognize the screening and management options for disorders
- Identify the skills necessary to deal with heightened emotion (grief/anger/stress) within the healthcare environment
- Recognize the relationship between stress and illness
- Identify factors that interfere with treatment adherence and methods that improve adherence
- Describe various intervention approaches (motivational, behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness), and be able to implement these approaches
- Articulate the impact of economic factors on health psychology
- Recognize risk and protective factors in impaired wellness
- Identify strategies to increase resilience and decrease burnout
Impact on Students:
- Students will be better prepared to deal with psychological issues in their nursing practice after having taken this course.
Impact on University Resources:
- May increase the need for additional faculty in Psychology, because it will be taught by a full-time faculty member as part of their faculty load.
Impact on other Academic Units:
- Not Applicable