NUR5215 - Mental health nursing concepts and practice - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Alison Hansen


Ms Alison Hansen

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (Online)


Must be enrolled in course code M6031


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. Apply knowledge of comprehensive mental health nursing assessment including a risk assessment
  2. Explain the commonly used diagnostic classification systems in psychiatry and mental health nursing
  3. Promote consumer participation in all aspects of health care
  4. Apply knowledge of advanced mental health nursing skills in planning, implementing and evaluating mental health nursing care for people with mental disorders
  5. Apply the principles underlying contemporary therapeutic interventions for people with mental health disorders
  6. 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.
  7. Integrate the relevant legislation and policy impacting upon the professional practice of mental health nursing
  8. Integrate and apply knowledge of 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


  • 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)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study