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 2018 (Online)
Must be enrolled in Master of Nursing or Master of Advanced Nursing
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:
- Apply knowledge of comprehensive mental health nursing assessment including a risk assessment
- Explain the commonly used diagnostic classification systems in psychiatry and mental health nursing
- Promote consumer participation in all aspects of health care
- Apply knowledge of advanced mental health nursing skills in planning, implementing and evaluating mental health nursing care for people with mental disorders
- Apply the principles underlying contemporary therapeutic interventions for people with mental health disorders
- Apply knowledge of a range of contemporary physical therapies including psychopharmacological preparations, electroconvulsive therapy, and milieu therapies (e.g. high dependency, seclusion, Snoezelen) and their application in mental health care.
- Integrate the relevant legislation and policy impacting upon the professional practice of mental health nursing
- Integrate and apply knowledge of 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
- Evidence Based Practice Assignment (3,000 words) (30%) (Hurdle)
- Reflective Postings (2 x 10% each) (20%)
- Pharmacology Management (1,500 words) (15%)
- Examination (3 hours) (35%)(Hurdle)