GD158 - Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

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Plan: GD158 - Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
Campus: Bundoora Campus

Learning outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes Statement

The Program Learning Outcomes arising from this program of study are based on the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) Credentialing Guidelines.  The ACMHN Standards of Practice guide the program content and desired outcomes.

The ACMHN Standards of Practice require that a 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 2: Establishes collaborative partnerships that facilitate and support people with mental health issues to participate in all aspects of their care.

PLO 3:  Develops a therapeutic relationship that is respectful of the individual’s choices, experiences and circumstances. This involves building on strengths, holding hope and enhancing resilience to promote recovery.

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: Practises by incorporating and reflecting common law requirements, relevant statutes and the nursing profession’s code of conduct and ethics. The Mental Health Nurse integrates international, national, local and state policies and guidelines with professional Standards and competencies.

PLO 9: Holds specialist qualifications and demonstrates advanced specialist knowledge, skills and practice, integrating all the Standards competently and modelling leadership in the practice setting.

(Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc (2010) Standards of Practice for Australian Mental Health Nurses 2010.ACMHN, Canberra)

GD158 is an embedded program in MC268 and forms the first two semesters of that three semester full time program. The nine Program Learning Outcomes for both GD158 and MC268 reflect the Standards of Practice published by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Achievement of these learning outcomes assists the graduate to apply for credentialing as a Mental Health Nurse. Research within GD158 is based on critical appraisal and consuming research where MC268 translates this to more independent research with the student being required to complete an independent project of 12 of 24 credit points.

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