Mental Health Professional Practice

Course code NURS2103Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

This course extends students' knowledge and understanding of mental disorders and the related clinical and pharmacological interventions. An introduction to the spectrum of mental disorders encountered across the life-span, in a range of clinical contexts and in different cultural groups is provided. The effects of trauma and attachment difficulties upon emotional and physical development will provide a background to an emphasis on prevention and early intervention. Contemporary neurobiological understandings of depression and schizophrenia will inform students' learning about quality use of medications specific to mental illness. Evidence-based psychological and psychosocial interventions, models of care and awareness of potential human rights violations are integral to this course. The importance of reflective practice and clinical supervision as a means of enhancing the clinician's capacity for therapeutic practice will be addressed.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Nursing program

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 2
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete this course will have demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to:
* Professional practice
* Critical thinking and analysis
* Provision and coordination of care
* Collaborative and therapeutic practice
ContentTheme 1 - Professional Practice
Success completion of this module will enable you to:
* demonstrate understanding of the legal principles relating to the relevant aspects of current mental health legislation.
* explore the ethical concept of human rights using Socratic dialogue
* outline the strategic directions in the current Australian National Health Priorities in regard to mental health.
* within a quality use of medication framework describe the mechanisms by which medications such as anti-depressants and anti-psychotics ameliorate depression and psychotic disorders
* demonstrate an understanding of issues of relevance for mental health care delivery such as cultural safety and respect for the rights and needs of consumers, their family and carers

Theme 2 - Critical Thinking and Analysis
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:
* identify and define common terms relating to mental health problems and disorders
* describe contemporary neurobiological understandings of mental health problems such as depression and schizophrenia
* use reflective practice and self-evaluation to identify your personal development needs and seek appropriate support
* use reflective practice to develop a greater awareness of self and the ways in which personal attributes affect interaction with clients and others

Theme 3 - Provision and Coordination of Care
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:
* use the clinical reasoning cycle to explore selected clinical scenarios specific to mental health contexts
* demonstrate mastery of mental health assessment and risk management tools
* describe and use evidence-based approaches for detecting and diagnosing mental health disorders
* demonstrate an understanding of evidence-based clinical care for common mental health presentations that demonstrates understanding of the impact of health breakdown, the psychosocial dimensions of the illness experience, and the effects on the family and significant others

Theme 4 - Collaborative and therapeutic practice
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:
* demonstrate the principles and practices of therapeutic communication specific to mental health care
* demonstrate an understanding of issues of relevance for mental health care delivery such as cultural safety and respect for the rights and needs of consumers, their family and carers.
Replacing Course(s)NURS2295, Mental Health Nursing Therapeutics
TransitionNURS2295 will be offered online in 2012 and 2013 for part time students and those who fail and need to repeat.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeConcurrent enrolment or previous successful completion of Clinical Practice 2A (NURS 2102) and Foundations of Professional Practice 2A (NURS2101).
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Forums
Self Directed Learning
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalFormal Examination
Online Learning ActivitiesBlogs
Presentations - TutorialPowerpoint presentation
Quiz - On-lineTutorial Preparation Quizzes
Contact HoursTutorial: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Forums: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 6 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentCourse Requisites:
Enrolment in Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery Program

BN Students:
Prior successful completion of NURS1101 and NURS1201

BMid Students:
Prior successful completion of NURS1101 and MIDI1201
Compulsory Program ComponentAcademic Integrity Module
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to demonstrate that the student has fulfilled the course learning objectives and to be awarded a pass or higher grade in this course, each students is required to:

* Submit all assessment items, and
* Gain an aggregate of 50% or higher in all assessment items

Those who fail to satisfy the Compulsory Course Requirements will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for NURS2103