12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2017 (Online)
The nature of mental illness; the nursing process in mental health nursing; roles and functions of mental health nurses; context of care; mental health problems and disorders; therapeutic interventions in mental health care; ethical and legal issues; specialisation in mental health nursing.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Conduct comprehensive mental health nursing assessment including a risk assessment;
- Describe the commonly used diagnostic classification systems in psychiatry and mental health nursing;
- Promote consumer participation in all aspects of mental health care;
- Demonstrate advanced mental health nursing skills in planning, implementing and evaluating mental health nursing care for people with mental disorders;
- Describe the principles underlying contemporary therapeutic interventions for people with mental health disorders;
- 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);
- Describe relevant legislation and policy impacting upon the professional practice of mental health nursing;
- Critically analyse ethical issues in nursing people with mental health disorders;
- Critically appraise research evidence applicable to mental health nursing practice;
- Ensure that mental health nursing practice is culturally appropriate.
- Written assignment (3,500 words) (40%) (Hurdle)
- Reflective postings (2 x 10% each) (20%)
- Examination (3 hours) (40%) (Hurdle)
- Clinical skills assessment (Hurdle)
This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
Nursing and midwifery
Must be enrolled in Master of Nursing or Master of Advanced Nursing