Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2013 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Charanjit Singh (Peninsula), Mr Eddie Robinson (Berwick)


This Mental Health Nursing unit draws upon student's prior theoretical knowledge, skills and attitudes from NUR2107. This unit will focus upon professional issues including self care, clinical supervision; utilising evidence based nursing interventions and preparation for clinical practice.
This unit has a 4 week clinical component, where students will apply evidence based nursing care and interventions with mentally ill consumers and their carers.
Theoretical principles and standards of practice are derived from the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse, the ACMHN Standards of Practice for Australian Mental Health Nurses, current evidenced based care and associated legislation.


On completion of this unit it is expected that students will be able to;

  1. identify the importance of emotional self care and reflective practice;
  2. utilize therapeutic approaches when collaborating with carers and clients;
  3. utilize knowledge of clinical manifestations and associated treatments with clients and carers to provide coordinated and effective care;
  4. identify and respond to the client's cultural and gender specific issues that affect the provision of safe mental health nursing care;
  5. conduct and document Mental Status Examinations (MSE) and risk assessments of clients who have disturbances in mood, thought, behavior and perception;
  6. demonstrate and apply knowledge of the Victorian Mental Health Act (1986) as amended;
  7. demonstrate professional behaviours, accountability, ethical decision making and satisfactory knowledge base for safe and coordinated practice in the mental health setting;
  8. recognize the importance of research in the role of the multidisciplinary team in the interdependent delivery of care; and
  9. practice in accordance with the ANMC Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse


Clinical Placement four (4) weeks (160 hours)


Essay (2,000 words) - 35%
One online MH nursing quiz - 10 %
(Complete prior to clinical)
Examination (2 hours) - 55%
Clinical practice Pass / Fail Satisfactory completion of clinical practice is required to pass this unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Tutorials 2 hours per week x 6 weeks,
Guided work (Case based studies) 1 hour per week x 6 weeks, On line Quiz 1 hr
Self directed readings 1hr per week x 6 weeks, Clinical Placement (Mental Health) x 4 weeks (160 hours)

Off-campus attendance requirements

100% for tutorials (on-campus) and 100% for clinical placements



Only available to students enrolled in: 0727 Bachelor of Nursing or 3892 Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) or 4506 Bachelor of Nursing (Community Health) or 4514 Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery