Course Title: Implement and monitor nursing care for consumers with mental health conditions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: NURS5283C

Course Title: Implement and monitor nursing care for consumers with mental health conditions

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5246 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact: Carylin Lenehan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254837

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Coordinator:     Pam Maher

Ph:  9925 4299


Nominal Hours: 60

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

Not applicable.

Course Description

Aims to teach the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the care of the client with a mental illness.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN510B Implement and monitor nursing care for consumers with mental health conditions


1. Address requirements of the state/territory Mental Health Act

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explain the concept of mental illness as defined in the Mental Health Act
1.2 Identify and apply the key features of the Mental Health Act
1.3 Apply an understanding of the history, social, political and economic context of mental health in Australia
1.4 Support the rights of the consumer with mental health issues
1.5 Apply an understanding of national and state/ territory mental health policies and strategies
1.6 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. Respond appropriately to signs of mental illness

Performance Criteria:

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 health issues
2.2 Recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders and respond within the role of an Enrolled/Division 2 nurse
2.3 Recognise biopsychosocial 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 issues, and reflect on own attitudes and values
2.6 Apply feedback from consumers and carers in adjusting own practice


3. Contribute to planning care for consumers with mental health issues

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Participate as a member of the health care team in the management of consumers with mental health issues within the role of Enrolled/Division 2 nurse
3.2 Gather, record and document data according to health care environment policy
3.3 Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings and liaise with and utilise appropriate resources and service providers, ensuring relevant approaches are used to address individual and group needs
3.4 Observe signs and symptoms of changing behaviours and attend to biopsychosocial needs in performing nursing interventions
3.5 Participate as a member of the health care team to plan the management of consumers with mental health issues within the role of Enrolled/Division 2 nurse
3.6 Apply a community development approach where appropriate within the Enrolled/Division 2 nurse scope of practice to maximise outcomes for individuals and groups
3.7 Under supervision of a registered nurse, undertake client assessments using recognised assessment processes
3.8 Demonstrate understanding of the consumer's right to contribute to their own care planning
3.9 Where appropriate, and where the consumer has given permission, support the participation of carers in treatment planning


4. Contribute to the care of a consumer with a mental health disorder

Performance Criteria:

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 multidisciplinary team and with the consumer and, where relevant, the carer
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
4.8 Check consumer understanding of the use and effects of medications used to manage mental health disorders, including specific adverse effects
4.9 Identify and explain to consumer methods of drug administration
4.10 Recognise emergency situations, act upon, document and report according to organisation policy and procedures
4.11 Establish a therapeutic environment within the scope of Enrolled/Division 2 nurse practice
4.12 Provide advice and information to groups and individuals as required to ensure they are fully informed about relevant issues and opportunities within a community development approach


5. Assist evaluation of outcomes of planned nursing actions

Performance Criteria:

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
5.4 Ensure work practices reflect understanding of the interrelationships of the needs and rights of the individual, the family, the community and society


6. Provide and maintain a safe working environment

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Identify triggers of problem behaviours and within the scope of Enrolled/Division 2 nursing practice, initiate prevention strategies
6.2 Implement de-escalation techniques and negotiation skills as required
6.3 Maintain safety of self and others

Learning Outcomes

The student will have the neccessary knowledge and skills to be able to contribute to the care ot the client with mental illness.

Details of Learning Activities

Classroom teacher delivery

Online activities

Teaching Schedule

Class 1  History

Class 2   Mental Health Act

Class 3   Terms associated with Mental Health

Class 4   Classifications

Class 5   DVD

Class 6   Role of EN

Class 7   Emergency Situations

Class 8 & 9  EN management

Class 10   Effects of Medication

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Elder, R., Evans, K., Nizette, D. (2012) 3rd ed. Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Sydney, Elsevier:Mosby


Other Resources



Overview of Assessment

Graded assessment is 100% via formal written examination at the final session.  Various formative assessments will be administered throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

Class activities  20%

Exam  60%

Clinical Placement  20%

Assessment Matrix

See matrix on Blackboard

Other Information

Assessment Information

Please refer to the RMIT assessment policies for, special consideration, extensions of time, equitable assessment arrangements and future assessment adjustments.


Re-submission of assessment

One further opportunity to demonstrate Clinical Lab competence, will be provided to students if not deemed Satisfactory at the time of clinical assessment.

Re-submission of Written work, or other assessments , (once only. Excluding Exams) can be granted on recommendation from the teacher and approval by Program Coordinator.


Plagiarism is a form of cheating in assessment and may occur in oral, written or visual presentations. It is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is your own:


Is an online service, in to which teachers and students submit student assignments into a large database, via Blackboard, refer Turnitin website


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