Mental Health and Nursing Therapeutics in Primary Care

Course code NURS2295
Not available in 2015

Description

This course outlines nursing approaches to the assessment and collaborative management of people with mental health disorders and includes consumer perspectives. There is an introduction to evidence-based psychological, somatic and psychosocial interventions used in the management of mental illness and an overview of recent mental health policy developments in Australia. In addition, there is an exploration of the challenges to maintaining the mental health of Australians including: social dislocation, the scope of unmet need and the difficulties of service provision peculiar to metropolitan and rural areas. Mental illness is recognised as a major public health issue in Australia, however the growing need for mental health services in our communities means that only a minority of cases can be managed by specialist services. For this reason it is important that all registered nurses are able to understand and help consumers with mental illness in any health care setting.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the scope of mental health problems and disorders in Australia

2. Outline the main priorities in current mental health policies

3. Discuss consumer perspectives on mental illness, recovery, and their relationships with health services

4. Conduct a comprehensive mental health assessment

5. Plan and implement nursing care for clients that reflects an understanding of the impact of health breakdown, psychosocial dimensions of the illness experience and the impact on the family and significant others

6. Describe and use evidence-based approaches for detecting and managing both commonly occurring and severe long-term mental health disorders

7. Develop and demonstrate group work skills

Content

This course is comprised of four modules:
Module 1: Introduction to NURS2295- Mental Health Nursing Therapeutics
Module 2: Nursing the person who has depressed mood and thoughts of suicide
Module 3: Nursing the person who has a diagnosis of schizophrenia
Module 4: Nursing the person who self-harms and feels 'unsafe'

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing program

Assumed Knowledge

Satisfactory completion of all 1000 level BN courses

Assessment Items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Problem-based learning activities

Professional Task: Clinical portfolio

Formal Examination: Formal examination

Contact Hours

Clinical

Face to Face Off Campus 64 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 14 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Lecture

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Please note: Lecture and Tutorials will be delivered online only.

Tutorial

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks

Please note: Lecture and Tutorials will be delivered online only.