NURS 7006 Biological Considerations in Mental Health and Mental Illness for Advanced Practice

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 400957

Coordinator Gihane Endrawes Opens in new window

Description This unit examines neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as they apply to altered thought, mood, perception and behaviour associated with mental illness and knowledge of physical health problems commonly associated with psychiatric treatment and/or mental illness, their identification, management and treatment.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) NURS 7028 Leadership in Clinical Practice

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have a working knowledge of mental health assessment and treatment procedures, including basic pharmacological principles and knowledge of drugs used for mental illnesses and disorders.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Critically examine and apply the knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurobiology as it applies to altered thought, mood, perception and behaviour associated with mental illness
  2. Critically examine a range of physical health problems commonly associated with psychiatric treatment and/or mental illness
  3. Synthesise knowledge and critically explore the interactions between physical health problems and mental illness
  4. Evaluate the investigations, treatments and management principles for physical health problems in people who experience mental illness
  5. Critically analyse how an understanding of biological comorbidities can be applied to advanced mental health nursing practice

Subject Content

1. Neuroanatomy and neurobiology as it applies to altered thought, mood, perception and behaviour associated with mental illness
2. Identification, treatment and management of physical health problems commonly associated with psychiatric treatment and/or mental illness
- Cardiometabolic syndrome
- cardiac disorders
- Respiratory disorders
- Endocrine disorders
- Nutritional disorders including eating disorders and obesity
- diabetes

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Discussion board activities x 2 300 words x2 and 150 word responses x 4 40 N Individual
Case study: Analysis of a physical health problem, its impact on mental health, its effective management and implications for nursing practice. 3000 words 60 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • There is no essential textbook.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2

Online

Online

Subject Contact Christine Taylor Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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