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Mental Health & Recovery (NURS90124)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90124
Summer Term
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This subject builds on the knowledge gained in Foundations of Nursing and further develops understanding of the dimensions of the nursing role in mental health promotion and the provision of care for people experiencing mental health issues. The principles and practices of mental health presentations are reviewed as discussion focuses on deepening understanding of the National Mental Health Plan, major psychiatric disorders, mental health law, psychiatric nursing assessment, collaborative care models, and service providers. The pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of psychotropic medication and issues related to medication management for people experiencing mental health issues will be explored.

During the professional experience placement under the guidance of clinical educators/ preceptors, students will participate in collaborative, inter-professional mental health care. They will gain experience in acute, sub acute or community mental health/psychiatric services that will enable them to combine general nursing expertise with beginning skills in mental health assessment and care.

The major focus for the clinical practicum component of this subject is the integration of the principles of mental health nursing and clinical decision making. On completion of the subject it is expected that students, while providing therapeutic interventions, are able to incorporate the further collection of health assessment data and adjust care accordingly for 1-2 patients.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • be aware of and critically discuss outcomes of The National Mental Health Plan (2009-2014);
  • discuss the aetiology and presentation of the major psychiatric disorders that occur across the lifespan and identify key aspects of management;
  • appreciate the impact of mental illness on families, carers and loved ones and on the broader community;
  • understand the concepts of resilience, recovery, reconnection and therapeutic optimism in relation to providing optimum health care interventions for individuals and groups in the health care setting;
  • demonstrate beginning mental health nursing skills that facilitate therapeutic nurse/client relationships and promote recovery focused care;
  • demonstrate cultural sensitivity in negotiating healthcare strategies that achieve outcomes endorsed by the client;
  • demonstrate the ability to collect assessment data using a comprehensive nursing framework which includes mental status examination and risk assessment;
  • use data collected to develop a nursing care plan for patients experiencing the range of mental health presentations;
  • demonstrate analytical skills by incorporating the theoretical principles of clinical decision making into patient care plans;
  • discuss and demonstrate in practice the legal and ethical principles related to medication administration, involuntary treatment & detention and the documentation of nursing care;
  • appreciate the value of reflective practice and continually developing self-awareness;
  • consider resource use and sustainable approaches for research, continuing education and professional development.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • the capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation;
  • critical thinking and analytical skills;
  • an openness to new ideas;
  • cultural safety;
  • planning and time management skills;
  • the ability to work effectively in a team;
  • the ability to communicate knowledge through classroom and web-based discussions and written material.

Last updated: 15 August 2019