NUR5228 - Theories and philosophies of mental health nursing - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 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)

Mr Chris Brooks


Mr Chris Brooks

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (Flexible)


Corequisite: Must be enrolled in course code M6022 or M6031.

Students enrolled in M6022, must be enrolled in Mental Health Nursing specialisation.


The application of mental health nursing theories and philosophies to practice is studied in four modules.

The first module concerns study of concepts of mental health nursing. Core values that underpin the work of the mental health nurses including collaboration, recovery focused care, working in partnership, professionalism and reflective practice are examined for their utility in the provision of care.

The second module concerns the mental health nurses' working relationships with consumers, and study of nursing practices that enhance consumer personhood and citizenship.

The third module concerns mental health nurses' assessments of consumers' relationships with their environments; and the interventions that can be applied to support attainment of a therapeutic milieu.

The fourth module concerns the application of mental health nursing processes in respect of best practice, care planning and outcome evaluation.


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

  1. Review and appraise the significance of selected nursing theories and philosophies to contemporary mental health nursing practice.
  2. Integrate core values of mental health nursing into care provision with consumers; in scenario work and in mental health nursing workplaces.
  3. Use recovery-oriented principles of care to achieve: consumer self-determination; inclusiveness, nurturance, growth and development; and shared decision-making.
  4. Assess consumers' relationships with their environments; and problem solve issues of safety, the promotion of wellness, and advocacy for unmet and special needs.
  5. Distinguish different mental health nursing interventions that can be applied to gain attainment of therapeutic relationships and environments in a variety of consumer situations.
  6. Create comprehensive and evidence-based mental health nursing care plans across a range of consumer needs.


  • On-line discussions x 2 (500 words each) (20%)
  • Critical essay (2,500 words) (35%)
  • Case study (2,000 words) (35%)
  • Interaction and participation in communication workshops (10%) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week - online and self-directed.

This is primarily an online unit; plus two days of interactive workshops on-campus.

Detail: Students will be expected to log on each week undertake several hours of direct work and further hours of indirect, personal work, to a total of 12 hours.

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