Course Title: Mental Health Nursing Clinical Portfolio

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mental Health Nursing Clinical Portfolio

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Phil Maude

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7447

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.001

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to undertake this course you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Registration Board of Australia as a Registered Nurse with general registration
Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

Course Description

This course will synthesise the professional psychiatric nursing theory and knowledge required for the development of a conceptual framework upon which you can base your clinical practice. Emphasis will be placed on the skills of the Mental Health Nursing professional in caring for clients in a variety of clinical settings. Your studies will be structured around a range of interventions drawn from different theoretical perspectives. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of clinical practice skills underpinned by the standards of the Australian Nursing Council Incorporated (ANCI) and the Australian & New Zealand college of Mental Health Nurses (ANZCMHN)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • critically analyse nursing interventions within a variety of care delivery settings for clients with mental illness and psychiatric disorders.
  • examine critically contemporary ethico-legal frameworks informing mental health nursing policy development and practice.
  • apply the principles of effective communication, assessment, intervention and evaluation of nursing practice with individuals and families.

Program Learning Outcomes
This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes in the following way:

  • PLO 8: The Mental Health Nurse’s practice incorporates and reflects 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: The Mental Health Nurse holds specialist qualifications and demonstrates advanced specialist knowledge, skills and practice, integrating all the Standards competently and modelling leadership in the practice setting.

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. You will also be expected to participate in experiential exercises and discussion on role plays to provide a solid theoretical basis to help you to achieve professional practice

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. Material to be chosen may be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered using a variety of technologies including 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.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment associated with this course will comprise a formative and summative assessment and incorporate a variety of assessment modes. The assessment tasks will be primarily in the form of written submissions including group assignments; analytical review and portfolio development.

For information on grades used in RMIT courses see:

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: