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Specialist Mental Health Nursing (NURS90077)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Online

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90077
Term 1 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is designed to provide the theoretical foundation for entry into specialist mental health nursing practice. Students will explore the legal, policy and ethical frameworks, within which mental health care is provided. Students will extend their understanding of bio-psycho-social factors, related to mental health and illness and to the nosology within diagnostic structures of psychiatry.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Explain the role of social, psychological and biological factors relevant to mental health and recovery
  • Have a critical understanding of the diagnostic structures and systems used in mental health
  • Understand the roles of recovery and human rights underpinning mental health law and supporting structures
  • Be aware of the Mental Health Act governing mental health service delivery
  • Identify the complex system of Laws guiding mental health nursing practice, including common / civil law, security act, mental health act, forensic act, and criminal law

Generic skills

  • A capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in oral and written modes of communication
  • A capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work
  • Advanced knowledge, skills and techniques applicable to mental health nursing
  • Well-developed problem-solving abilities in mental health nursing, characterised by flexibility of approach
  • An ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in mental health nursing
  • An appreciation of the ways in which advanced knowledge equips the student to offer leadership in the specialist area

Last updated: 19 July 2019