NUR2225 - Mental health nursing practice contexts - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Ian Munro


Mr Eddie Robinson (Clayton)
Dr Ian Munro (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


NUR1114, NUR1113


M2006 and M3007


This unit builds on the Mental Health Act examined in NUR1113 and related content in NUR1112, examines mental health problems and the role of the nurse or midwife working with individuals experiencing mental health issues.

Students will examine mental health conditions across the lifespan.

This unit will provide the opportunity for students to develop therapeutic skills and professional attitudes, necessary for recovery and maintenance of optimal mental health.

Case based learning will enable students to develop knowledge, and skills required for working with a range of consumers experiencing mental health conditions including; psychosis, mood disorders (depression, bipolar) and anxiety disorders from acute care admission to ongoing primary healthcare management.

Students will be introduced to the mental status examination and expected to critique the evidence for a range of interventions.

Emphasis on clinical placement is on the student's development of advocacy skills, professional accountability, management of risks, critical reflection and decision making in the mental health care setting.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Apply legal and ethical frameworks when planning and delivering mental health nursing care under the Mental Health Act 2014 Victoria.
  2. Identify appropriate services available for clients and carers in which to facilitate optimal mental health care, while acknowledging barriers to receiving care, such as stigma, cultural and gender related issues.
  3. Employ clinical and critical decision-making skills to identify, analyse and resolve problems in the mental health practice environment.
  4. Conduct and document fundamental interview and related assessments of patients who have disturbances in mood, thought, behaviour and perception.
  5. Apply knowledge of appropriate therapeutic drugs prescribed for mental health conditions and important associated administration aspects.
  6. Demonstrate under supervision, the care of people across the lifespan with mental health disorders.


Mental Health Clinical Placement (120 hours) (Hurdle) 100% attendance required, unless medical certificate provided


  • Poster (800 words - Part A) (10%)
  • Written Assignment (2,000 words - Part B) (20%)
  • Exam (2 hours) (40%) (Hurdle)
  • Clinical Practicum: Part A (120 hours) and Part B (Clinical tasks) (30%) (Hurdle) (100% attendance unless a medical certificate provided)
  • Immersive simulated patient activities & tutorial attendance (80% minimum attendance required) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

On campus contact hours

2hrs Lectures /active learning

2hrs Simulation activities (80% attendance requirement Hurdle)

2hrs Tutorials (80% attendance requirement Hurdle)

Off campus hours per week

6 hours self-directed learning

120 hrs Mental Health Clinical Placement (100% attendance Hurdle, unless a medical certificate is provided)

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