NURSING 7104 - Introduction to Mental Health

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

Mental health nursing uses the study of human behaviour as its science and the purposeful use of self as its art. This is an introduction to the practical body of knowledge that constitutes the art and science of mental health nursing. The course covers the current policy and legislative frameworks including recovery approach and consumer focussed care. It provides an introduction to the major groups of disorders and intervention approaches. Mental health across the lifespan and for indigenous and cross cultural population groups is also included. While the course addresses the theoretical aspects of mental health nursing, it maintains focus on the practical aspects of the specialty area of practice. What is the nature of the relationship between nurse and client; how do you make an assessment; what are effective interventions in the kind of everyday situations that mental health nurses find themselves?

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7104
    Course Introduction to Mental Health
    Coordinating Unit School of Nursing
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Online tutorials fortnightly
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to MNSc and GradDipMNSc students only
    Course Description Mental health nursing uses the study of human behaviour as its science and the purposeful use of self as its art. This is an introduction to the practical body of knowledge that constitutes the art and science of mental health nursing.
    The course covers the current policy and legislative frameworks including recovery approach and consumer focussed care. It provides an introduction to the major groups of disorders and intervention approaches. Mental health across the lifespan and for indigenous and cross cultural population groups is also included. While the course addresses the theoretical aspects of mental health nursing, it maintains focus on the practical aspects of the specialty area of practice. What is the nature of the relationship between nurse and client; how do you make an assessment; what are effective interventions in the kind of everyday situations that mental health nurses find themselves?
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Patricia Mead

    Course Coordinator: Pat Mead
    Phone: +61 8 8313 4877
    Email: patricia.mead@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: level 4 AHMS building, Nth tce

    School Office
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3595

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate an understanding of mental health legislation and organisational policies and guidelines relevant to mental health nursing practice.
    2 Establish therapeutic relationships as the basis of mental health nursing assessment
    3 Recognise the features of a range of mental disorders and be able to classify them in accordance with recommended classification systems.
    4 Describe the range of interventions including psychosocial and pharmacological approaches in mental health care
    5 Reflect on practice and manages own response to the work environment
    6 Modifies practice in response to client characteristics including values, beliefs, age and cultural background
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,3,5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2,3,5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,3,4,
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    2,4,5,6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Text
    Elder, R, Evans, K & Nizette, D 2013, Psychiatric and mental health nursing, 3rd edn, Mosby Elsevier.

    Edward K-L and Alderman C 2013 Psychopharmacology: practice and contexts Oxford University Press

    Reader
    The readings for this course are available electronically via MyUni.
    Please note: it is your responsibility to organise printing should you prefer a hard copy of the reader.
    Recommended Resources
    Texts
    Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
    Norman, I & Ryrie, I 2009, The art and science of mental health nursing. A textbook of principles and practice, 2nd ed Open University Press.

    Nizette, D, McAllister, M and Marks, P 2013 ‘Stories in Mental Health’ Elsevier NSW
    (This is a prescribed text for the course Art & Science of Mental Health)

    Meadows, G, Farhall, J, Fossey, E, Grigg, M, McDermott, F and Singh, B 2012, Mental health in Australia, collaborative community practice, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press
    (This is a prescribed text for the course Art & Science of Mental Health)

    Abnormal Psychology
    Butcher, JN, Mineka, S & Hooley, JM 2013, Abnormal psychology 15th Edition, Allyn and Baker.

    Durand, VM and Barlow, DH 2013 ‘Essentials of Abnormal Psychology’ Wadsworth Cengage Learning CA USA

    Pharmacology
    Bullock, S, Galbraith, A & Manias, E 2007, Fundamentals of pharmacology, 5th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall.

    Lehne, R 2010, Pharmacology for nursing care, 8th edn, Saunders Elsevier.

    Usher, K, Foster, K & Bullock, S 2009, Psychopharmacology for Health Professionals, Mosby Elsevier.
    Drug and Alcohol Addiction

    Baker, A & Velleman, R 2007, Clinical handbook of co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol problems, Routledge, London and New York.

    Allsop, S 2008, Drug use and mental health. Effective responses to co-occurring drug and mental health problems, IP Communications, Melbourne.

    Counselling (this is a Prescribed Text for the Course Counseling & Comorbidity)
    Geldard D and Geldard K. 2012 Basic Personal Counselling. A training manual for counsellors. 7th Edition. Pearson Education Australia

    Note: You are not required to buy recommended texts. However, they provide valuable supplementary reading on various aspects of the material covered within this course and you are encouraged to have a look at them.
    Online Learning
    Virtual Classroom
    The virtual classroom (VC) technology will be used for lectures and tutorial discussions on a fortnightly basis. Information on the VC will be provided within the Study Guide, you need to familiarise yourself with this technology to become reasonably comfortable with using it prior to the start of the semester.

    MyUni
    All students enrolled in a postgraduate coursework nursing program have access to the School of Nursing – Postgraduate Coursework Student Centre on MyUni. If you would like the opportunity to network with other students, you can use the Communication features in the site. This site will also feature information about the latest news and events at the School of Nursing.

    Unified
    http://unified.adelaide.edu.au/
    UNIFIED is your one-stop shop for email, calendar, MyUni and Access Adelaide. It even allows you to search the Library.
    UNIFIED is available to all active students; with a single login you can access your student systems and personal information through a central website. Login with your Student ID ("a1234567") and Password.

    For more information, including easy to follow instructions visit https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/web/mycampus/home.

    Library Resources
    Help for Nursing Students
    The University of Adelaide Library has a website to help nursing students use the library and its resource (www.library.adelaide.edu.au/guide/med/nursing).

    Remote student library service
    The University of Adelaide Library provides a document delivery and loans service to non-metropolitan students who do not visit a University of Adelaide campus to attend classes (www.adelaide.edu.au/library/docdel/external.html).
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is offered via an online classroom.
    Workload

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    not applicable for this online course
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary


    Assessment task Assessment type Weighting Learning Outcomes (s)being addressed
    Online quiz Formative NGP
    Case study Summative 50% All
    Portfolio of Activities  Summative 50% All
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    NA due to student numbers.
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  • Policies & Guidelines
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