Course Title: Mental Health Nursing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mental Health Nursing

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

NURS2097

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

NURS2097

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

NURS2101

Sale Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

NURS2102

Hamilton Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Phil Maude

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7447

Course Coordinator Email: phillip.maude@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.01


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisites associated with this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to: www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the notion of an alteration to mental health from a theoretical construct. You will consider the facets of common mental health concerns from presentation to assessment, treatment and continuing care. You will review the diagnosis and management for a range of common mental health conditions and develop an awareness of care requirements for these patients to support your clinical practicum experience. Care delivery systems for the mentally ill person will be discussed and you will consider the legislative protections for the mentally ill person within contemporary Australian society.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will contribute to Program Learning Outcomes for BP032 (Bachelor of Nursing) and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse through the following learning outcomes:

Professional Practice

2: Practices within a professional and ethical nursing framework

Provision and Coordination of Care

5. Conducts a comprehensive and systematic nursing assessment

7: Provides comprehensive, safe and effective evidence based nursing care to achieve identified individual / group outcomes

Collaborative and Therapeutic Practice

10. Collaborates with the interdisciplinary health care team to provide comprehensive nursing care.

(Reference : Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse)


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe theories of mental illness which inform provision of holistic care for the patient with a mental health diagnosis.
  2. Review the treatment options for the mentally ill person
  3. Outline the protections in law for the person suffering a mental illness.
  4. Discuss the assessment and diagnosis of common mental illness groups
  5. Explain the concepts of addiction and dual diagnosis
  6. Differentiate the systems of care delivery for the mentally ill person 


Overview of Learning Activities

 This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, discussions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of your theoretical knowledge and its application to mental illness knowledge and practice.

Learning activities will be varied and may include modalities such as lectures, Lectopia/Echo 360, and discussion board.

Lectures: Lectures and lecture notes are the principal mode of information delivery. You will consider key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of mental illness and nursing practice. You will be expected to participate in classroom discussions and to contribute to the learning experiences of your peers.

Independent Learning: You are expected to undertake independent learning activities to develop and consolidate knowledge throughout this learning experience. The activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to better develop independent learning skills to support your commitment to lifelong learning as a nursing professional and a university graduate. Independent learning activities will support your knowledge of the material covered in the formal learning program and enhance the consolidation and application of that knowledge.

 

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester this involves lectures and tutorial sessions

Learner Directed Hours: A minimum of 48 per semester to review materials delivered in the course and prepare for assessments requirements


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Where possible all material chosen will be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes such as Lectopia/Echo360, Discussion Board or workshops. These modes will be utilised at the discretion of your lecturer. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems accessed via your myRMIT site.

A library subject  guide is available at http://rmit.libguides.com/nursing


Overview of Assessment

 

Assessment Tasks:

 Early Assessment Task:  Short answer written test (20%)

It will be based on all previous lecture material.

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-3

Assessment Task 2: Group work presentation (30%)

Each student will lead a group work activity presentation on a selected or allocated topic and be required to participate in other students group activities (30 marks). 

This assessment task supports CLOs 2-6

 Assessment Task 3: Final Examination (50%)

This assessment task supports CLO 1-6


 Assessments are designed to require you to demonstrate an ability for critical analysis of the core principles presented in this mental illness course.

For information on grades used in RMIT courses see:
www.rmit.edu.au/students/grading/highered

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced, at:
www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment