Course Title: Deliver nursing care to consumers with mental health conditions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: NURS5139C

Course Title: Deliver nursing care to consumers with mental health conditions

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4203 - Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact: City: Carylin Lenehan/ Bundoora: Erica Keen

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4837 / 9925 6649

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Angela Maroncelli

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

HLTEN509A Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
HLTEN402A Communicate effectively in a nursing role.

Course Description

This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the nursing care and management of consumers with mental illness

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN410A Deliver nursing care to consumers with mental health conditions


HLTEN401A/01 Address requirements of the state/territory Mental Health Act.
HLTEN401A/02 Respond appropriately to signs of mental illness.
HLTEN401A/03 Contribute to planning care for consumers with mental health conditions.
HLTEN401A/04 Contribute to the care of a consumer with a mental health disorder.
HLTEN401A/05 Assist evaluation of outcomes of planned nursing activities.
HLTEN401A/06 Apply self protection

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explain the concept of mental illness
1.2 Apply an understanding of the history, social, political and economic context of mental health in Australia
1.3 Support the rights of the consumer with mental health conditions
1. 4 Apply and understanding of national and State/Territory mental health policies and strategies
1.5 Work in a manner that reflects an understanding of the underpinning values and philosophies of mental health care and is consistent with legal obligations

2.1 Identify conditions relating to the mental state and behaviour of consumers using broad classifications of mental illness and terms commonly associated with mental conditions
2.2 Recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders and respond within the role of an enrolled nurse
2.3 Recognise bio-psychosocial effects of mental health disorders
2.4 Recognise stereotyping and stigma associated with mental illness and practice in a manner which minimises the effects of negative behaviours and discrimination
2.5 Recognise the impact of stigma and discrimination on consumers with mental health conditions, and reflect on own attitudes and values
2.6 Apply feedback from consumers and carers in adjusting own practice

3.1 Participate as a member of the health care team in the treatment of consumers with mental health conditions within the role of enrolled nurse
3.2 Gather, record and document data according to health care environment policy
3.3 Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings
3.4 Observe signs and symptoms of changing behaviours and report to registered nurse
3.5 Participate as a member of the health care team to plan the treatment of consumers with mental health conditions within the role of enrolled nurse
3.6 Demonstrate understanding of the consumer’s right to contribute to their own care planning

4.1 Implement nursing interventions of a mental health consumer
4.2 Plan, prioritise and implement nursing interventions for a mental health consumer based on the individual care plan in conjunction with treating team
4.3 Reflect the individuality and needs of each consumer when undertaking nursing interventions to assist the consumer to meet their holistic needs
4.4 Document behaviour patterns or characteristics in the client’s care plan
4.5 Work in a manner that aims to provide respect and dignity to consumers
4.6 Assist the consumer and significant others to participate in therapeutic nursing interventions
4.7 Perform nursing interventions in accordance with professional, legal and organisation requirements reflecting non-discriminatory practice as delegated by registered nurse
4.8 Recognise emergency situations, act upon, document and
report according to organisation policy and procedures
5.1 Document consumer response to nursing interventions and report to the registered nurse or other appropriate mental health care team member
5.2 Comply with the legal responsibilities and duty of care in all nursing interventions
5.3 Apply ethical and moral concepts to all clinical interventions
6.1 Identify triggers of problem behaviours and within the scope of enrolled nursing practice, initiate prevention strategies
6.2 Maintain safety of self and others

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Participation in formal lectures
Perform elements of competence as designated for this learning segment to the required standard during clinical placement
Role play

Teaching Schedule

Eight sessions starting from Theory 53   and finishing  in Theory 69 (exam).  50 Nominal hours includes 24 hours classroom, and 26 hours clinical placement.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Crisp, J and Taylor, C. 2005. Potter & Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing. 2nd Ed. Elsevier.


Elder, R. Evans, K., Nizette D. 2005. Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Elsevier- Mosby
Gaylord . C., 2007. Mental Health Nursing. 2nd Ed. Pearson /Prentice Hall.
Williams & Wilkins.2007. Basic Concepts of Psychiatric Mental Health. 7th Lippincott.

Other Resources

Video and DVD from mental health conferences and TV programs.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include:
Observation in the workplace.
Written Assignments/projects, case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice.
Questioning: written or verbal

Assessment Tasks

Evidence of essential knowledge and understanding may be provided by:
• Written assignments/projects
• Case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice
• Questioning
• Authenticated evidence of relevant work experience and/or formal/informal learning
• Role play simulation

Assessment Matrix

A summative examination assessing underpinning knowledge will be required. This examination will represent 100% of the total marks required.
Observation and assessment of clinical competencies will be ongoing during clinical placement
To achieve competency assignment must be completed by due date and related clinical competencies achieved.

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