NURSING 3004 - Mental Health Nursing
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 3004 Course Mental Health Nursing Coordinating Unit School of Nursing Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to B.Nurs students only Course Description This course has been designed to facilitate your understanding of the concepts of common mental health disorders, epidemiology, aetiology, pathophysiology and your learning in the therapeutic nursing care of the patient with mental health problems using an evidenced based approach. The role of the consumer in their recovery and the skills necessary to conduct a comprehensive mental health assessment are of particular emphasis
Course Coordinator: Ms Patricia MeadCourse Coordinator: Patricia Mead
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Telephone : 83134877
Phone: +61 8313 3595
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the completion of this course students will be able to
1. Explain the aetiological theories of mental disorders and substance use issues
2. Differentiate the features of groups of mental disorders
3. Identify the spectrum of substance use issues and brief intervention approaches.
4. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to perform a mental health assessment including substance use assessment
5. Integrate the principles of recovery and consumer focussed care for mental health nursing practice.
6. Select relevant nursing interventions from a range of evidence based approaches for mental health and substance use issues
7. Recognise the services which make up the health care system to respond to clients across the continuum of care.
8. Through analytical enquiry and critical reflection, show an understanding of the social inclusion, legal and ethical aspects of mental health and substance use practice.
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)
1,2,4 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
5,6, 8 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
4,5,7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
7 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
3, 4 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
Required ResourcesRequired Text
Hungerford,C, Hodgson, D, Clancy, R, Bostwick, R ,Murphy,G, de Jong,G & Ngune, I 2018 Mental Health Care 3rd ed Wiley Australia
This publication is available electronically or as hard copy. The electronic resources that accompany the text will be required through the course.
Happell, B, Byrne, L McAllister, M & Wand,T, 2014 Clinical helper for mental health nursing:the vital guide for students and new graduates,
Crows Nest NSW, Allen & Unwin
Edward,KL, Munro,I Welch,A & Cross,W 2018 Mental Health Nursing - Dimensions of Practice 3rd edn Oxford Universtiy Press, Australia & New Zealand
Evans,K, Nizette,D & O'Brien, A 2017 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 4th edn Elsevier, Australia
Bullock,S & Manias, E 2016 Fundamentals of Pharmacology 8th edn, Pearson Australia
Supplementary readings for this course will be available online electronically via MyUni. These are required readings for the course.
Please Note: it is your responsibility to organise printing should you prefer a hard copy of the reader.
Recommended ResourcesYou are not required to purchase recommended resources however they will provide further materials to build your knowledge and understanding in mental health nursing.
Mental Health Nursing
Evans, K & Nizette, D & O'Brien, A 2017 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 4th ed Elsevier Australia
Edward, K-L, Munro, I, Welch, A & Robins, A 2014 Mental Health Nursing - Dimensions of practice 2nd ed Oxford University Press, Australia & New Zealand
Usher, K, Foster, K & Bullock, S 2009 Psychopharmacology for health professionals. Elsevier Australia
Online LearningStudy Guide and Reading materials will be available through the online platform - MyUni
Submission of assessments will be through the relevant portal online
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesFace to face lectures - this course benefits from the real time delivery of content. Face to face lectures offer synchronous learning opportunities and enable students to quickly clarify complex descriptions and terminology. Much of the content for this course is supported by text book and readings. The Adelaide Nursing School supports the audio and video capture of lecture content as an aid to revision.
Interactive Tutorials - the essential nature of teamwork and communication in mental health nursing is emphasised through interactive and supported tutorials. The use of case scenarios will build upon the lecture material and aid the synthesis of content in preparation for practice.
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
- 2 X1 hour lecture / week
- 1 x 1 hour tutorial / week (a compulsory tutorial will be scheduled for this course)
Learning Activities SummaryThe information below sets out the lectures, tutorials outlines for MentalHealth Nursing. Other tutorials may be provided as required (x2 = 2 hour lecture)
1. Introduction to principles and theories of mental wellness and disorders.
2. Nursing practice in the context of mental health and substance use issues
3. Recovery framework and consumer and carer focussed approaches to care x2
4. Mental Health Assessment (including risk assessment, substance use assessment and physical health assessment) x2
5. Substance Use issues - the context, range of disorders and approaches to interventions and care x2
6. Mental Health Disorders I - Low prevalence disorders x2
7. Mental Health Disorders II - High prevalence disorders x 2
8. Mental Health Care Planning x2
9. Interventions in Mental Health & Substance use I - Psychopharmacology, ECT & psycho social rehabilitation x2
10. Interventions in Mental Health & Substance use II- Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other psychotherapeutic interventions. x2
11. Mental Health Disorders - Perinatal, infant, child & adolescent x2
12. Nursing across the continuum of care - mental health services and settings. x2
1. Addressing preconceived ideas of mental illness and substance use disorders
2. Mental health in context - legal & ethical aspects
3. Post traumatic Stress disorder - client perspective
4. Low prevalence Mental Disorders - case discussion
5. CALD experiences of mental health issues
6. High prevalence disorders - case discussion
7. Care planning & interventions - case discussion
8. Perinatal, infant, child & adolescent mental disorders - case discussion
Small Group Discovery ExperienceNot applicable
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 1,2,8 Mental Health Assessment (250 words) Summative 10% participation 2,3,4 Mental Health Assessment (1500 word) Summative 40% written report 2,3,4,8 Mental Health Essay (2000 words) Summative 50% all
Assessment DetailAssessment 1: 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 and substance use.
Assessment 2: Mental Health Assessment
Students will participate in a skills workshop to develop and practice skills for mental health assessment.
This will be further supported by the development of a written portfolio paper that will explore mental health assessment in detail.
Assessment 3: Mental Health Essay
Students will develop a paper to bring together the knowledge and theories that inform nursing practice in the fields of mental health and substance use.
Unless otherwise indicated all submission of assignments is to be through the assignments portal of MyUni. TurnItin will be used to check student assignments. Students MUST keep an electronic copy of all assignments submitted.
To apply for an Assessment Extension, a student must submit an application for extension form prior to the assessment deadline.
See the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/3303/
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.
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Student feedback was positive in regards to the pilot practical skill session, which will be incorporated into the course going forward.
Tutorials will be structured in a way to allow for more case study discussion
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