faculty

Valerie Seney

Assistant Professor

College of Nursing & Health Sciences / Community

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

2021Regis CollegePMHNP
2020Endicott CollegePhD
2007UMass DartmouthRN
2004UMass DartmouthMA psychology
2000Bridgewater State UniversityBA Psychology

Teaching

  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Professional Nursing
  • Community Nursing
  • Health Assessment

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

This course  integrates prior nursing concepts as they relate to the care of mental health in persons across the life span with psychiatric/neurological brain disorders. This course introduces new nursing concepts that provide an overview of psychiatric and trauma related disorders and the corresponding behavioral responses.

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

The third and final psychiatric mental health practicum that builds on knowledge developed in NUR 565 and NUR 677 of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner role, and includes completion of 165-180 direct care hours. Under the guidance of their preceptor, students extend their knowledge to include management of individuals with increasingly complex mental health disorders across the lifespan. Students integrate assessment data, evidence-based literature, and clinical guidelines to develop treatment strategies to reduce risk and restore health. Students are expected to move beyond a focus on individual factors and treatment to apply a family and community lens to their formulations and treatment, Moreover, students are expected to incorporate therapy and psychopharmacologic treatments as appropriate in their practice via face-to-face or telehealth delivery. Students extend and refine skills in interdisciplinary collaboration and coordination of care for individuals and families with preceptors, clinical faculty, and community partners.

Introduction of the role of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner. This experiential course is the first psychiatric mental health practicum that introduces the role of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner, and includes completion of 167-180 direct care hours. Under the supervision of a preceptor students will conduct comprehensive clinical assessments and complete diagnostic formulations across the lifespan. Students will begin to develop and implement treatment plans in collaboration with clinical faculty and preceptors via face-to-face or telehealth.

The third and final psychiatric mental health practicum that builds on knowledge developed in NUR 565 and NUR 677 of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner role, and includes completion of 165-180 direct care hours. Under the guidance of their preceptor, students extend their knowledge to include management of individuals with increasingly complex mental health disorders across the lifespan. Students integrate assessment data, evidence-based literature, and clinical guidelines to develop treatment strategies to reduce risk and restore health. Students are expected to move beyond a focus on individual factors and treatment to apply a family and community lens to their formulations and treatment, Moreover, students are expected to incorporate therapy and psychopharmacologic treatments as appropriate in their practice via face-to-face or telehealth delivery. Students extend and refine skills in interdisciplinary collaboration and coordination of care for individuals and families with preceptors, clinical faculty, and community partners.

Introduction of the role of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner. This experiential course is the first psychiatric mental health practicum that introduces the role of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner, and includes completion of 167-180 direct care hours. Under the supervision of a preceptor students will conduct comprehensive clinical assessments and complete diagnostic formulations across the lifespan. Students will begin to develop and implement treatment plans in collaboration with clinical faculty and preceptors via face-to-face or telehealth.

The last psychiatric mental health course that builds on the role of the advanced practice psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) from NUR 677. Students will expand their understanding of mental health and disorders from a primarily individual perspective to apply a family and community partnership lens. Psychotherapeutic theories and models of family, group, and community-based treatment approaches will be emphasized.  These increasingly complex perspectives will inform students¿ development of diagnostic/dynamic formulations and treatment. To extend students¿ analysis and knowledge, the course also will focus on the influences of social determinants of health; culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion on mental health, treatment, and policy for patients, families, and communities across the lifespan.

Introduction of the roles & functions of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse. A bio-psychosocial framework built on students' prior knowledge of health assessment, ethics and biological & social sciences guides students in identifying risk factors inherent in the development of psychiatric disorders & mental health problems. Students examine evidence-based research & clinical deadlines for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of prevalent psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents & adults, with consideration to developmental, cultural & ethical factors. Students are introduced to biological & psychosocial treatment modalities that promote & maximize mental health for individuals & families.

Research

Research interests

  • Mental Health caregivers
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Psychiatric Nurse burnout related to stress
  • Emotional response to restraints of pediatric patients

Select publications

See curriculum vitae for more publications

  • Seney, V; Insana, J.; Alberto, A. & Hay, J. (2020).
    Development of Opioid Education Training for Pediatric Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses
    Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 33, 141-147.
  • Hay, J., Seney, V., Nappe, H., Alberto, A, & Lundsten, K. (2017).
    Rapid Response Team: Development and Implementation in a Pediatric Psychiatric Hospital
    American Nurse Today, 12, 47-48.