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N126 - Psychiatric Nursing - tammy bathke

Course:Psychiatric Nursing
Professor:tammy bathke
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Varcarolis, E.M. (2021). Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: A Communication Approach to Evidence-Based Care, 4e (4th Edition).


Dear Nursing 126 Students,

Welcome to Psychiatric Nursing! I hope you are doing well. The information listed below should answer many questions about this class. 

  1. Orientation day
  • Our first day of class is Monday, February, 2020 when there will be a mandatory orientation for N126.  It will be held from 1300-1630 via Zoom.  Please have access to the text book, since I will be referring to it frequently.  We will continue with the 3rd edition of the book, since the publisher forwarded the new edition to me very late in the summer:
  1. Books (new editions this semester):

Varcarolis, E.M. (2021).  Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: A Communication Approach to Evidence-Based Care, 4e (4th Edition).
Recommended: Varcarolis, E.M. (2021).  Manual of psychiatric nursing care planning. (6th ed.). St. Louis, Missouri:  Elsevier.

 The syllabus will be on Canvas by January 25, 2021.  Please have access to the syllabus on our orientation day.  It contains forms necessary to master some of the material covered in orientation.  You will be given instructions related to meeting your clinical instructor on the first day of clinical during orientation.

  1. Clinical: Your clinical experience will be mostly at Northridge Hospital Medical Center (NHMC), assuming they will be allowing students back into the clinical, plus 10 hours of online clinical online via Zoom with Professor Houghton. She will be contacting you for signups which will be on selected Monday afternoons from 12-5pm.
  2. On the first day of hospital clinicals: Meet in the lobby of the Carol Pump Women’s Center at Northridge Hospital. This is close to the intersection of Roscoe Blvd and Etiwanda. Dress code: Wear your uniform at the hospital, with your COC Student RN ID badges on you-visible at all times, and all of the requirements delineated in the student handbook. Follow the COC policy for jewelry (one earring per ear, one finger ring/wedding set, and no tongue or nose jewelry).  Hair must be above the collar, off the face, and off the shoulders.  Tattoos must be covered.  Nothing may be worn around the neck at any time.  Nails must be short, clean, and natural.  No hooded sweaters or sweatshirts are allowed while providing patient care. White smooth weave long sleeved shirts may be worn under the uniform top.
  3. Lecture:  Lecture will be held on Mondays from 0800-1130 on Mondays from 2/8/2021-3/29/2021 with the final being on the last day, 3/29/21. We will also meet on Thursdays, 2/11/2021-3/25/21.  The mandatory Kaplan testing will be on 3/22/21 at the end of class, from 1000-1130.
  4. Success class:  The N094 Success class will be a great supplement to your learning. I encourage you to sign up. It will be taught by Professor Houghton and will meet on selected Thursdays, as set in the schedule of classes.
  5. Skills Lab class: You must also enroll in NC.NURS-080 (there is no cost to you).  Failure to enroll by the deadline established for all nursing courses that semester will result in an advisory.


There are no mandatory reading assignments before our class begins, however I have attached the lecture schedule for those of you who want to see it. Let me know if you have any questions: or . You may also text or call me at

Best regards,


Tammy Bathke MSN, RN                                

Nsg 126 Course Coordinator


Course Description

Presents the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide care for health problems of psychiatric patients across the life span at a beginning level. Emphasizes a patient centered approach by focusing on their multifaceted needs and integrated concepts related to wellness and psychological health alterations.

What to Expect in this Course

Lecture and clinical time in the hospital acute locked psych unit. Some online simulations and online support group.

Types of Assessments

Multiple choice exams on Proctorio.

Textbook Information

Varcarolis, E.M. (2021). Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: A Communication Approach to Evidence-Based Care, 4e (4th Edition).

Recommended: Varcarolis, E.M. (2021).  Manual of psychiatric nursing care planning. (6th ed.). St. Louis, Missouri:  Elsevier.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

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Last updated: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 997