NRNP 6655 Ethical and Legal Foundations of PMHNP Care

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NRNP 6655 Ethical and Legal Foundations of PMHNP Care

NRNP 6655 Ethical and Legal Foundations of PMHNP Care

In your role as a PMHNP, you will regularly encounter situations that require your ability
to make sound judgments and practice decisions for the safety and well-being of
individuals, families, and communities. There may not be a clear-cut answer of how to
address the issue, but your ethical decision making must be based on evidence-based
practice and what is good, right, and beneficial for patients. You will encounter patients
who do not hold your values, but you must remain professional and unbiased in the care
you provide to all patients regardless of their background or worldview. You must be
prepared to critically analyze ethical situations and develop an appropriate plan of action.
Learning Objectives
Students will:
 Analyze salient ethical and legal issues in psychiatric-mental health practice
 Analyze the impact of cultural considerations on ethical/legal decision making in
advanced practice nursing
 Evaluate mastery of nurse practitioner knowledge in preparation for the nurse
practitioner national certification examination*

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Learning Resources

Required Readings (click to expand/reduce)

American Nurses Association. (2015). Code of ethics for nurses with interpretive statements.

American Psychological Association. (2017). Ethical principles of psychologists and
diagnostic formulation.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. (2014). Code of ethics.

American Psychiatric Nurses Association. (2020). APRN psychiatric-mental health nursing

Anderson, S. L. (2012). Practice parameter on gay, lesbian, or bisexual sexual orientation,
gender nonconformity, and gender discordance in children and adolescents. American
Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 51(9). 957–974.

Hilt, R. J., & Nussbaum, A. M. (2016). DSM-5 pocket guide for child and adolescent mental
health. American Psychiatric Association Publishing.
 Chapter 2, “Addressing Behavioral and Mental Problems in Community Settings”

Thapar, A., Pine, D. S., Leckman, J. F., Scott, S., Snowling, M. J., & Taylor, E. A.
(2015). Rutter’s child and adolescent psychiatry (6th ed.). Wiley Blackwell.
 Chapter 19, “Legal Issues in the Care and Treatment of Children with Mental
Health Problems”
Zakhari, R. (2020). The psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner certification review
manual. Springer.
 Chapter 1, “Preparing to Pass the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Certification Exam”

Reminder: Keep Your Library of Advanced Practice Nursing Texts at Your Fingertips
Several textbooks are assigned in multiple courses in your program. That is, you will see
reading assignments from the books assigned in the Learning Resources of more than one
course. You should, however, keep all prior textbooks—not just the ones explicitly
assigned—readily accessible. The expectation is that you will independently consult these
prior textbooks to synthesize information needed to complete your final courses. This is
your time to “put it all together” and to more fully embrace the advanced practice nursing
role. Part of the responsibility of advanced practice is developing information literacy skills
to know where to locate needed information for your clinical practice.

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