Specific Core Nursing Content # 7: Health Care Settings


Clinical Learning Outcomes

  • Describe available treatment options and community based resources.
  • Plan and implement care in diverse settings including acute inpatient and community based settings of care.
  • Analyze adequacy of care settings related to patient acuity and needs.


Teaching Strategies


Classroom Teaching Strategies
  • Review of history of care of the mentally ill.
  • National and state issues in providing care.
  • Challenges in providing care in the community and in rural areas.
  • Issues and challenges in providing in-patient care.
  • Mental health care examined in relation to access, cost and quality of care issues
Clinical Teaching Strategies
  • Organization and delivery of care within the clinical location.
  • Examination of the prognosis for client, plan for discharge, and issues in their future care in a community setting.
Curricular Resources
  • The Willard Suitcase Exhibit: This site offers a historical perspective on a state mental institution, with firsthand accounts provided by people who lived and worked there in the early 1900’s. Many photographs are used with description of some people who were committed to the Willard Asylum in 1869 – Willard Psychiatric Center in 1995, New York State.
Case Studies
  • Developed during clinical practice to examine why client is in care, what the treatment plan is and what is their prognosis is.
  • Linked to issues related to accessing care for the duration of their problem.
Simulation Exercises
  • Role play or Standardized Patient examining issues related to moving patient with chronic mental health problems into a community care facility.


Assessment Strategies


Clinical Skills Checklist for this Concept
  • Care planning for client discharge into the community. (Standard 4. Planning)
  • Ability to assess correct placement of client in appropriate care facility. (Standard 5. Implementation)
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.