Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedGippsland First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Peninsula First semester 2013 (Off-campus)


The nature of mental health and illness; the nursing process in psychiatric nursing; roles and functions of mental health nurses; contexts of care; mental health problems and disorders; therapeutic interventions in mental health care; ethical and legal issues; specialisation in psychiatric/mental health nursing.


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

  1. Conduct comprehensive mental health nursing assessment including risk assessment;

  1. Describe the commonly used diagnostic classification systems in psychiatry and mental health nursing;

  1. Promote consumer participation in all aspects of mental health care;

  1. Demonstrate advanced mental health nursing skills in planning, implementing and evaluating mental health nursing care for people with mental disorders;

  1. Describe the principles underlying contemporary therapeutic interventions for people with mental health disorders;

  1. Demonstrate skills and knowledge in the use of a range of contemporary physical therapies including psychopharmalogical preparations, electroconvulsive therapy, and milieu therapies (e.g. high dependency, seclusion, Snoezelen, etc.);

  1. Describe relevant legislation and policy impacting upon the professional practice of mental health nursing;

  1. Critically analyse ethical issues in nursing people with mental health disorders;

  1. Critically appraise research evidence applicable to mental health nursing practice;

  1. Ensure that mental health nursing practice is culturally appropriate.


Written assignment (3000 words): 30%
Online exercises: 30%
Examination: 40%
Clinical skills assessment (hurdle requirement)

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