NUR5215 - Mental health nursing concepts and practice - 2017

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.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Ms Karen Harder

Unit guides



  • 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:

  1. Conduct comprehensive mental health nursing assessment including a risk assessment;
  2. Describe the commonly used diagnostic classification systems in psychiatry and mental health nursing;
  3. Promote consumer participation in all aspects of mental health care;
  4. Demonstrate advanced mental health nursing skills in planning, implementing and evaluating mental health nursing care for people with mental disorders;
  5. Describe the principles underlying contemporary therapeutic interventions for people with mental health disorders;
  6. 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);
  7. Describe relevant legislation and policy impacting upon the professional practice of mental health nursing;
  8. Critically analyse ethical issues in nursing people with mental health disorders;
  9. Critically appraise research evidence applicable to mental health nursing practice;
  10. 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)

Chief examiner(s)

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