NURSING 7209 - Contexts of Nursing Practice
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 7209 Course Contexts of Nursing Practice Coordinating Unit School of Nursing Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to M.Clin Nurs students only Course Description This course addresses contemporary contexts of health care including community, mental health and rural and remote within a multi-disciplinary health care system.
Course Coordinator: Ms Amanda Vickers
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Describe the biopsycholosocial, cultural and historical factors that shape the conceptualisation of common mental illnesses, mental health and rural and remote health care 2 Differentiate the clinical presentations of mental disorders and relevant evidence-based approaches to nursing intervention 3 Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to perform mental health assessment 4 Integrate the principles of recovery and consumer-focused care for mental health nursing practice 5 Recognise the services that make up the health care system responses to clients across the continuum of care, and show an understanding of the social inclusion, legal and ethical aspects of mental health, substance use practice and rural and remote health
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course uses a blend of lectures, tutorials and workshops to identify situations that impact the daily environment of nursing practice. Students are encouraged to consider their ‘arrival’ at the career of nursing and to actively reflect on what they consider to be the professional skills and attributes. Role plays and self -directed learning opportunities help to facilitate the reflective nature of this course.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The workload for this course requires attendance at:
• 1 x 2 hour lectures /week
• 1 x 2 hour tutorial / week
It is expected that you will need to invest about 12 hours per week of study to successfully complete this course. This includes all study activities, lectures, tutorials, readings and assessment. Thus some weeks it will be more and others less. It is recommended that you plan your time commitment to the course at the beginning of the semester.
Learning Activities SummaryThe tables below indicate the lecture and tutorial outlines for Contexts of Nursing. Please refer to the timetable above for details on class and time.
Contexts of Nursing Practice Lecture Series Access and equity
1. Access and Equity
2. Developmental theories across the lifespan
3. Introduction to the principles and theories of Mental Health and Wellbeing and Mental Health Disorders / Introduction to the Mental Health Act
4. Mental Health Assessment (including mental state examination, risk assessment, substance use assessment and physical health assessment)
5. Recovery Framework Model – Consumer and Carer focussed approaches to care
6. Mental Health Disorders – Low prevalence disorders
7. Mental Health Disorders – High prevalence disorders
8. Mental Health Disorders & Substance Use Interventions – Psychopharmacology and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
9. Mental Health Disorders & Substance Use Interventions - Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other psychotherapeutic interventions
10. Mental Health Disorders - Personality Disorders
11.Mental Health Disorders – Older Person’s Mental Health
12. Mental Health Disorders - Perinatal, infant, child & adolescent
13. Substance Use issues
Rural and Remote and Multidisciplinary
14. Rural and Remote health care
15. Multidisciplinary communication
Tutorial Series 1. Mental Health Assessment (Compulsory) - Mental State Examination
2. Mental Health Care Planning – Therapeutic Relationships and Collaborative Care
3. Case Discussion - Low prevalence disorders
4. Case Discussion - High Prevalence disorders
5. Domestic violence and mandatory reporting
6. Multidisciplinary communication
7. Nursing in rural and remote locations
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Online Quiz Formative - 2,3 Online Discussion Summative 10% 1-5 Online Quiz x 2 Summative 40% 1,2,4,5 Case Study analysis Summative 50% 2-5
Assessment DetailASSESSMENT 1: Formative Online Quiz
A series of questions, multiple choice / short answer will be provided online for students to complete. This will provide the opportunity to monitor the learning and understanding of core concepts in mental health, rural and remote health and substance use practice.
ASSESSMENT 2: Online Quiz x 2
Students will respond to two (2) online quizzes over the semester. Each quiz will contain a series of questions that include multiple choice, true/false and short answer questions. This will assess the learning and understanding of core concepts covered in the course.
ASSESSMENT 3: Online Discussion Activities
Students will respond to a discussion question related to the week’s lecture and/or tutorial topic. This will be completed in the Discussions area on Canvas each week. Formal feedback will not be provided, but the coordinator will engage in the discussion. These activities will encourage engagement in the core concepts in mental health, rural and remote health and substance use practice.
ASSESSMENT 4: Case Study Analysis
Students will complete a written case study analysis. The purpose of this assignment is to explore the personal and social implications of mental illness, as well as, the ethical, legal and clinical practice implications related to a person who has mental health concerns, and has been admitted to a medical ward. Using a recovery and person-centred approach, students will explore the issues raised in the case study, together with corroborative information related to the case study.
SubmissionUnless otherwise indicated all submission of assignments is to be through the assignments portal of MyUni. Students MUST keep an electronic copy of all assignments submitted. Cover sheets are required for all assignments and can be accessed from the School of Nursing website. Extension of time for submission of assignments is subject to negotiation with the course coordinator. Requests must be made before the due date of the assignment. In principle, all assignments should be submitted by the due date. However, an extension may be granted if the request is made before the due date and the usual administration procedures are followed. Late submission without an approved extension will be penalised at the rate of 5% of available marks for each working day after the due date. Work submitted more than ten days after the due date may be returned unmarked. This action will be taken to prevent students who do get their work in on time being disadvantaged.
Whenever possible staff will turn around marked assignments within 4 weeks or earlier.
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.The following marking guides will be used for the assignments:
Structure and Writing Style 25% Structure (15%)
• Introduces the specific population being discussed
• Clearly describes the way in which the analytical paper will proceed (follows the suggested outline within the Style Guide)
• The analytical paper is structured according to the suggested outline with headings used to indicate the sections
• The analytical paper discusses the specific population and associated risk factors, practice dilemmas and available services.
Writing style (10%)
• The analytical paper is written with
• Clear sentence structure
• Clarity of argument
• Precision of expression
• Spelling and grammar are correct.
Content and Critical Analysis 60% Content (30%)
• The analytical paper has been presented logically
• The analytical paper content has clear links to contemporary mental health practice
• The student’s paper demonstrates a depth of understanding of the topic and related nursing issues.
Critical analysis (30%)
• The analytical paper demonstrates a high degree of critical thought and insight into the populations risks and the services by:
• Providing a justification/rationale for the argument/discussion (or analysis) pertaining to mental health practice from differing perspectives, thereby providing a balanced argument/discussion
• Demonstrated they have reflected on the complex issues surrounding the nursing care of the associated population group
• Provided a conclusion of the report and recommendations for enhancement to care.
Referencing 15% • The referencing style used throughout the paper is congruent with the School Manual and School Style and Referencing Guide.
• The reference list is accurate (i.e. no missing page numbers, volumes, correct title etc), complete (i.e. no references in the body of the paper are missing from the reference list) and consistent with the School Manual and School Style and Referencing Guide.
• The references cited are contemporary (i.e. less than 10 years old unless seminal papers)
• Primary references are used predominantly (i.e. the original reference has been cited rather than a secondary source)
• There is evidence in the paper that the student has searched widely for information related to the topic/issue
• The student has acknowledged all sources of information
• Direct quotations are only used to make crucial points or to support the discussion/argument.
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