Psychiatric Nursing of Children and adolescents (PNRS 700)

Course Name

Psychiatric Nursing of Children and Adolescents

Course Description

Psychiatric Nursing of Children and Adolescents is an online course designed to develop the clinician’s knowledge and skill in prevention, assessment and treatment of mental health issues experienced by children and adolescents and their families.


This course is designed for

  • Nursing students and new Nursing graduates interested in working in the area of child and youth mental health;
  • clinicians with experience in adult mental health interested in working with children and adolescents; and
  • clinicians in general practice areas interested in improving their clinical knowledge of pediatric mental health.

Subject Code

PNRS 700

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, the learner will:

  • understand and be able to apply the Neuman Systems Model in the clinical setting;
  • understand and be able to discuss ethical considerations in the psychiatric nursing of children and adolescents;
  • have developed a framework for conducting assessment interviews with clients; and
  • discuss expression, assessment and treatment of specific mental health issues including anxiety, psychosis, mood disorders, ADHD, conduct problems, and pervasive development disorders.




Textbooks not included.


  • Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or .


  • Proof of professional designation in nursing from your regulatory body

Course Content

Topics include:

  • Ethical Considerations
  • Classification, Assessment and Treatment
  • Anxiety Disorders in Children and Youth
  • Mood Disorders in Children and Youth
  • Suicide in Youth
  • Self-Injury in Youth
  • Psychosis in Children and Youth
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders


Clinical symptoms, classification, epidemiology, the developmental progression of a disorder, causal hypotheses, risk factors and prevention will be considered and critically examined. Evidenced-based preventions and interventions will also be discussed for each mental illness, as well as skills in assessing and interviewing the child and adolescent. Understanding the roles and responsibilities of the clinician working with children and adolescents will be highlighted throughout the course.

Learning Resources

All resource materials are available online

Instruction Method

  • ·online readings and videos
  • weekly discussions related to each unit


Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.


  • 3 online discussions
  • 3 assignments
  • 2 quizzes


This course is graded as Mastery/Non-Mastery.


A letter of successful course completion for individual or grouped CEHS courses is available upon request, but please allow 3-5 business days after placing a request with the CE-HS Program Assistant. 


An official Ƶ transcript can be ordered via .

Completion Timeframe

4 months (60 hours) from course start date

Registration and course start

To register, email with your registration request and proof of completion of the pre-requisite requirements.  You will then be prompted for payment to the CE Registration office, to finalize your registration. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.


Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.

Course CRN provided by dept upon fulfilling pre-requisites.

Calendar - Registration dates & deadlines.