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Adrianne M. Maltese, MN, RN, GCNS-BC
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About Adrianne Maltese

Professor of: Nursing


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Phone: (818) 947-2600, ext. 2836



I have been teaching Psychiatric Nursing here at LAVC for more than 18 years. I began my nursing career in New York City, graduating from Kingsborough Community College and a few years later completed a BSN at Hunter College CUNY. I moved to Los Angeles the following year, and became employed at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute working in their newly opened Gero-psychiatric unit. A few years later I received my Masters in Nursing from UCLA. I was fortunate to have had opportunities to work in areas of Community Mental Health, Gerontological and Community Health nursing in clinical practice and research prior to beginning my Nursing Education career. I have a passion for teaching nursing and caring for older adults and clients with mental illness - two very special populations- I hope to be able to share my passion with you.


Professor Maltese is Currently Teaching

NS109 - Gerontological Nursing

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NS110 - Psych-Mental Health Nursing

Welcome to Nursing Science 110 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.


You are about to enter into an area of nursing that is less familiar to most of you. You might even feel a bit scared upon first entering a psychiatric inpatient unit. This is a normal response for many students. You will not have any physical tools to actually use, and that may seem strange to you - you will learn to use yourself and the skills you learned in communication to facilitate your clients journey towards mental health. This is called "the therapeutic use of self." You may find the web links that appear in this homepage to be helpful in getting you acquainted with many of the problems your patients will be experiencing. Please check out these great resources.


Good Luck! See you in class.

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All PsychOnline:the virtual psychology classroom All Psych includes the etiology, symptoms, treatment options, and prognosis for psychiatric and personality disorders.A great reference for clinical worksheets.
State of S.C. Department of Mental Health A comprehensive site of psychiatric disorders. Click on each disorder to find a page with links for specific diagnosis in clients across the lifespan. This is a helpful resource for child, adolescent and geri-psych units.
VirtualNursing This website will lead you to a variety of nursing sources. Click on the link to psychiatric centre and find current information on disorders, treatments,drugs and research, 3D animation, and educational videos.