Specific Core Nursing Content # 5: Clinical Decision Making

Clinical Learning Outcomes

  • Apply taxonomy structures to patient specific situations including the development of nursing diagnosis.
  • Identify signs and symptoms characteristic of each major disorder.
  • Evaluate the degree of evidence-base available to support common psychiatric nursing actions.
  • Implement evidenced-based care for patients with psychiatric disorders.
  • Plan and implement nursing interventions appropriate to patients’ needs that reflect etiological factors and standards of nursing care.
  • Prioritize crisis intervention care practices with patients with psychiatric disorders.
  • Assess patient potential for violence including suicide and homicide.
  • Develop and implement suicide prevention strategies.

Teaching Strategies

Classroom Teaching Strategies

Clinical Teaching Strategies

  • Nursing Care Plans [see appendix 1]
  • Concept Mapping
  • Can use Mental Status Exams to evaluate subjects in Nottingham Psychiatric Interview Teaching Videos, available at www.youtube.com

Case Studies 

Assessment Tools 

Assessment Strategies


Clinical Skills Checklist

  • Collects health data using appropriate assessment tools (Standard 1. Assessment)
  • Uses evidence based assessment tools to determine nursing diagnosis (Standard 2. Diagnosis)
  • Identifies expected outcomes (Standard 3. Outcomes Identification)
  • Works with client to develop a plan to attain expected outcomes (Standard 4. Planning)
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