The goal of the course it to learn a student to understand attitudes regarding mental health promotion and help to people and their families in facing mental disorders; to train him for skills necessary for data collection, planning and implementation of health care and result evaluation; to give him basic theoretical knowledge and understanding of negotiation techniques, group therapy and specific interventions in critical situations, and to train him to function as a competitive member of multidisciplinary team.

Health care and mental health definition.

Ethical aspects and dilemmas of health care for patients with mental disorders.

Health care organisation for patients with mental health problems.

Nurse's role in health care for patient with mental disorder.

Role and competitions of nursery in mental health.

Importance of communication in health care for patients with mental disorder.

Acceptance of patients with mental disorder.

Process of health care for patients with mental disorder.

Usage of theoretical models in process of health care for mental health (V. Henderson, H. Peplau, D. Orem, G. W. Stuart, Roy C.).
Health care documentation.

Therapeutical interventions in health care.
Characteristics of therapeutical communication.

Assessment of symptoms, mental disorder signs, risk causes and needs for health care.

Health care and acute mental states.

Process of health care depending on psychoactive substances and alcohol.

Process of health care for patient with organic caused mental disorders.

Process of health care for patient with schizophrenia and disorders like schizophrenia.

Process of health care for patient with depression.

Process of health care for patient with mania.

Process of health care for patient with suicidal behaviour.

Process of health care for patient with abusive behaviour.

Process of health care for patient with anxiety disorder.

Process of health care for patient with eating disorder.

Process of health care for disorder in developing period. 

Process of health care for patient with personality disorder.

Process of health care for elderly people with mental disorder.

Nurse's role in psychiatric rehabilitation.

Meaning and role of nursery in psychopharmacotherapy.


Socio-therapeutic work techniques

Therapeutic community.

Mental health promotion.

Development of health care for patients with mental disorder.

Course content, including practical knowledge gained during practical lessons, is focused on mental health and diseases, and is an upgrade to the content that students gained in psychological group of courses. Improvement of mental health and estimation of mental system makes basis for studying mental disorders, specific techniques and continuous health care and rehabilitation. Course content

includes introduction to negotiation techniques, interventions in critical situations and health care for patients in forensic departments. 

Obavezna literatura:

  1. Moro Lj, Frančišković T, i sur. Psihijatrija: udžbenik za više zdravstvene studije. Zagreb: Medicinska naklada; 2011.
  2. Jakovljević M. Psihijatrija za studente Visoke zdravstvene škole. Samobor: A. G. Matoš; 2003.
  3. Jakovljević M, i sur. Psihijatrija: udžbenik za studente više medicinske škole.Samobor: A.G. Matoš; 1995.
  4. Sedić B. Zdravstvena njega psihijatrijskih bolesnika. Zagreb: Visoka zdravstvena škola; 2006.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1.     argue the facts and theoretical knowledge within the field of health care of psychiatric patients and medicine.

2.     apply nursing care procedures independently and/or in a professional team following the principles, standards, and legal regulations of psychiatric patients.

3.     carry out the nursing care process, health care needs assessment, goal setting, plan development and implementation of procedures, evaluation.

4.     manage nursing records.

5.     apply the principles and techniques of teaching users based on the assessment of education needs.

6.     evaluate the standards of nursing practice to improve quality, improve mental health, and assessing mental status as a competent member of a multidisciplinary team.

7.     apply ethical principles and communication skills in working with a psychiatric patient, negotiation techniques, group therapy, and specific interventions in crises.

8.     develop attitudes related to the promotion of mental health and assistance to individuals and their families in coping with mental disorders.

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