Department of Psychiatric (Mental Health) Nursing

Department of Psychiatric (Mental Health) Nursing

Department of Psychiatric (Mental Health) Nursing

The Psychiatric (Mental Health) nursing department aims to provide quality education in Mental Health Nursing to Diploma, Undergraduate, and Postgraduate Nursing courses. The department offers Evidence-Based Nursing care for mentally ill patients focusing on promotive, preventive, and rehabilitative aspects. The department conducts research to promote mental health and prevent mental illness in individuals, families, and communities. The faculty and students collaborate with the multidisciplinary health team to carry out mental health promotional activities for the community. The department is committed to providing opportunities for the professional growth of the students and faculty.

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The UG and PG students are posted in the psychiatric ward, OPD, De-addiction wards and KSHEMA Sandhya of K.S. Hegde Hospital. The students also posted in Nitte Rural Psychiatric Centre Karkala, Udupi District, Karnataka. The Post Graduate students are exposed to advanced clinical experience at National Institutes of Mental Health and Neurosciences

Research Thrust Areas

  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Dementia
  • Adolescence Mental Health

On-Going Research projects 2021

PhD Project

  • Impact of life skill training program on factors influencing academic performance of Nursing Students
  • Effectiveness of Reminiscence therapy on Cognitive functions and QOL among Dementia clients
  • Effectiveness of intervention developed to enhance biopsychosocial well-being of health care workers in the oncology department
  • Effectiveness of Multimode intervention on lifestyle changes among caregivers of cancer patients
  • Effectiveness of Behavioral Intervention on level of Nicotine dependence among Smokeless Tobacco users."
  • Effectiveness of Gender-Specific Intervention on self-efficacy, QOL and Psychological wellness among CKD Patients

UG Project

  • Perception of nurses Spirituality and spiritual care: A cross-sectional study


  • Casavi V, Shetty S, Alva J, Nalini M. Relationship of quality of sleep with cognitive performance and emotional maturity among adolescents. Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health. 2022 Jan 1;13:100958.
  • Latha S, Pavithra K, Nalini M, Rao SJ, Matha B. Effect of Povidone Iodine Versus Chlorhexidine Mouthwash on Oral Mucositis among Cancer Patients. 2021 Sep, Vol-15(9): XC09-XC12.
  • Shetty S, Kamath N, Nalini M. Academic Stress and Study Habits of Health Science University Students. Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU. 2022 Jan;12(01):71-5.
  • Jose A, Nayak S, Kamath N, M. N. The Mystery behind Relaxation Therapy: Adieu to Premenstrual Syndrome. Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU. 2021 May 14;11(03):119–25.
  • Nalini M, Sukesh, JF. Impact of breakfast habits on Physical Parameters and Academic Performance of Nursing Students. Medico-Legal Update.2021 Jan 9;21(1):653-7.
  • Fernandes J, Shetty S, Nalini M. Assess the Caregiver's Knowledge on the Adverse Effect of Antipsychotics in the Selected Psychiatric unit of South India. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology. 2020 Oct 1;14(4).4274-78
  • Kumar NM, Khijmatgar S, Chowdhury A, Gootveld M, Lynch E, Chowdhury C. The interrelationship between urinary cotinine and nicotine dependence among tobacco users in an Indian de-addiction centre: A cohort pilot study. Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research. 2019 Oct;9(4):326.
  • D'souza J, Nalini M. A Study on the Relationship between Blood Glucose Level and Depressive Symptoms among the Antenatal Women in the Selected Hospitals at Mangalore. International Journal of Nursing Education. 2017 Jul 1;9(3).
  • Kumar NM, Khijmatgar S, Chowdhury C. Interrelations of level of urinary cotinine and score for fagerstrom test for nicotine dependence among beedi smokers, and smokeless tobacco users in India. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine. 2017 Jul;39(4):392-8.
  • Prasad M, Nalini M. Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy on Symptoms of Schizophrenia. International Journal of Nursing Education. 2014;6(1):189.
  • Jessa G, Nalini M. A Study on Assessment of Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms among Schizophrenic Patients. International Journal of Nursing Education. 2013;5(1):129.
  • Varghese EM, Nalini M. A qualitative study on expressed views of parents regarding the use of mobile phones and its impact on mental health among their children in selected urban areas in Mangalore Taluk. International Journal of Nursing Education. 2013;5(1):135.

Paper Presentation

  • Mr. Sukesh presented a paper on "Occurrence of Depression among clients with Diabetes and hypertension in selected hospital at Mangaluru" at the International Conference on" Research Methodology" organised by St. Johns College of Nursing, Bengaluru, June 2022.
  • Dr. Nalini M presented a paper on "Effectiveness of Yoga on the psychological -well-being of patients receiving antipsychotics" at the Manipal International Research Conclave (MINRC) organised by Manipal College of Nursing on January 2022.
  • Ms. Prathima Sherygarthy presented a paper on "A study to assess the effectiveness of Motivational Enhancement Therapy on relapse prevention among adults with Alcohol Dependence Syndrome in selected hospitals of Udupi District, Karnataka" at Manipal International Research Conclave (MINRC) organized by Manipal College of Nursing on January 2022
  • Dr. Nalini M presented a paper on "Effectiveness of multimode intervention on nicotine dependence level among tobacco users", at a National level research paper presentation organized by Bio-statistical Consultancy in May 2021.
  • Dr. Nalini M was the resource person for the topic "Self-Regulation/ Control-Managing Disruptive Emotions and Impulses" at the Vinayaka Mission College of Nursing Faculty development program on July 2020.
  • Mr. Sukesh presented a paper on "Academic stress and study habits of Health Science University students" at a Web conference on interdisciplinary Clinical Nursing- A way for Patient outcome organized by NRSI, Appollo College of Nursing, Hyderabad, Telangana, on September 2020.
  • Dr. Nalini M presented a paper on "The interrelationship between Urinary cotinine and Nicotine Dependence level among Tobacco users in an Indian De-addiction Centre" at the international conference organized by World Congress on Nursing & Health Care Summit –in November 2019 at Bengaluru
  • Dr. Nalini M, was the resource person for the topic of experimental research design at the national-level conference organized by Rajeev College of Nursing, Hasan, on May 2019.

Workshop/Seminar Organized

  • Seminar on "Strategies to tackle challenges faced by students in Higher Educational Institutions" 10th December 2022
  • Seminar on "Psychometric Assessment" on 17th November 2022.
  • Workshop on systematic "Review and Meta-analysis" on 11th February 2022
  • Value-added talk on "Regulations on positive Emotions on 28th January 2021
  • Webinar on "Mental Health and Wellbeing for All" on 30th December 2020

Completed Research Projects 2020-2021

  • Relationship of quality of sleep with cognitive performance and emotional maturity among adolescents
  • A Study on nomophobia, anxiety and insomnia among college students in selected degree colleges.
  • Knowledge, attitude and practice towards COVID-19 vaccination among people in selected Hospital.


The departmental faculty and students actively participate in community extension activities. The department observes world suicide prevention day, world Alzheimer's and world Mental health week every year to create awareness among the general public. The department also provides a Life skill training programme for freshers and NSS volunteers of the college.