Contemporary Mental Health Nursing

Course code NURS6061Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

The course provides core foundational studies in the Master of Mental Health Nursing program, focusing on developing an understanding of the theoretical basis to and history of mental health nursing; the role of mental health nurses in contemporary mental health care; the impact on the discipline of emerging models of service delivery and the emergence of clinical supervision as a strategy for the development of mental health nursing practice.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. Describe the history of mental health nursing as a discipline and outline the major forces that have shaped the profession;
2. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the theoretical and evidence bases of mental health nursing practice;
3. Display a strong understanding of the mental health policy directions and issues at both state and federal levels;
4. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the relationship of mental health nursing to the other professions in mental health care, including the increasing role of non-government organisations in the provision of mental health care;
5. Discuss issues underpinning debates arising from divergent views of the role of mental health nurses;
6. Analyse and critique current and emerging models of service delivery;
7. Describe the role that clinical supervision plays in the delivery of professional care and demonstrate active participation in clinical supervision.
ContentTheoretical and evidence bases of mental health nursing practice;
History of mental health nursing;
The relationship of mental health nursing to other professions in mental health care;
Current policy directions and issues in mental health care;
Current and emerging models of service delivery;
Role of clinical supervision in advanced mental health nursing practice.
Replacing Course(s)Replaces NURS6030 counseling 1
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeFoundations of nursing knowledge, nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgment, synthesis and evaluation. Ability to conceptualize practice. Demonstrated Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies and Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Standards of Practice for Mental Health Nurses.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Other: (please specify)Clinical Supervision Evaluation
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for NURS6061