If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $40.00.   

Course Description

This course is designed to assist healthcare professionals become more confident caring for patients with psychiatric illnesses outside the psychiatric setting.


Kathleen Fitzsimmons RN, MEd, PhD

Target Audience

RN's, Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and any other interested Healthcare Professional

Learning Outcomes

After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • identify behaviors, psychiatric symptoms, and other challenges presented by medical-surgical patients.
  • identify physical illnesses associated with psychological, emotional, and behavioral symptoms in patients.
  • identify the 4 primary nurse competencies needed to effectively care for patients having a mental health crisis.
  • create a basic tool box of evidenced-based strategies that nurses can use to identify and manage patients with behavioral health problems.

Length of Course

90 minutes

Credit Statements

Licensed Nurses: Upstate AHEC is an accredited provider of Nursing Professional Development by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1.5 contact hour.

Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists: This program has been approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.

AHEC Credit

This educational offering provides 0.15 CEUs ( 1.5 clock hours) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement

Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

Speakers have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in education activities. Please see individual activities for any conflicts of interest.

Provisions of these educational activities by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC, SCNA or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with activities.