Course Title: Leadership, Supervision and Mentoring in Health Care

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Leadership, Supervision and Mentoring in Health Care

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: A/Professor Phil Maude

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7447

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with opportunities to develop skills in consumer-centred, recovery focused leadership, supervision and mentoring within the nursing profession. The current status of the profession will be examined to provide a context for the conceptualisation of effective leadership skills. The notion of leadership will be explored in relation to clinical practice change, delegation and shift leadership and improving the delivery of a quality experience for consumers. Intrapersonal leadership will also be emphasised in providing a model to guide career development. Clinical teaching, supervision and mentorship will be explored through review of teaching models and needs as well as strategies and skills required to facilitate this process in an effective manner.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes for MC268 Master of Mental Health Nursing in the following ways. The Mental Health Nurse:
• PLO 1: Acknowledges diversity in culture, values and belief systems and ensures his/her practice is non-discriminatory and promotes dignity and self-determination.
• PLO 4: Collaboratively plans and provides ethically based care consistent with the mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, social and cultural needs of the individual.
• PLO 5: Values the contributions of other agencies and stakeholders in the collaborative provision of holistic, evidence based care and in ensuring comprehensive service provision for people with mental health issues.
• PLO 6: Actively pursues opportunities to reduce stigma and promotes social inclusion and community participation for all people with mental health issues.
• PLO 7: Demonstrates evidence based practice and actively promotes practice innovation through lifelong education, research, professional development, clinical supervision and reflective practice.
• PLO 8: Practices by incorporating and reflecting common law requirements, relevant statutes and the nursing profession’s code of conduct and ethics. Integrates international, national, local and state policies and guidelines with professional Standards and competencies

On completion of this course you should be able to:
• CLO 1: Critically review the historical and contemporary notions of leadership within the nursing profession, including the contributions of key theorists and their contribution to mental health nursing leadership.
• CLO 2: Investigate the emergence of contemporary notions of leadership within nursing practice and hypothesise their implications for future delivery of care.
• CLO 3: Identify and discuss the key leadership concepts and skills required for effective clinical practice change, delegation and shift leadership.
• CLO 4: Examine the impact of nursing leadership upon the delivery of the Recovery Model and its role in delivering a quality experience for consumers
• CLO 5: Describe and evaluate the concept of effective leadership processes used in management of consumers with specific alterations to their health status.
• CLO 6: Analyse the concept of effective intrapersonal leadership in providing a model to guide career development.
• CLO 7: Review mentoring models underpinning effective supervision and coaching within nursing and identify relevant strategies and skills.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities you will undertake during this course include a mixture of lectures, class discussion and self-directed learning exercises including directed reading of academic literature to provide a solid theoretical basis to help you to achieve professional practice.

The assessment associated with this course will comprise formative and summative elements and incorporate a variety of assessment modes. Your assessments will primarily take the form of written work requiring reflection and critical analysis. Your participation in classroom or on line activities will also form part of your summative grade.

Total Study Hours

Teacher Directed: 36
Independent Learning: 84

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include lecture notes, self-directed learning packages, and targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Course material will be delivered via Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
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Overview of Assessment

This course has no HURDLE requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1: Critical Leadership Analysis Report (2,000 words)

Weighting: 40%

Related course learning outcomes: CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6

Assessment 2: Clinical Mentoring Plan Report (3,000 words)

Weighting: 50%

Related course learning outcomes: CLO7

Assessment 3: Reflective Learning Activities 10% (0nline or in class activities)

Weighting: 10%

Related course learning outcomes: CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6, CLO7