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 subject 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
Discipline Mental Health Nursing
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp
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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject
Students must be enrolled in program 4720 Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing, 4719 Master of Mental Health Nursing, 4745 Master of Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health) or 4746 Graduate Diploma in Nursing Leadership (Mental Health) (exit only) to register in this subject.
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.
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Critically examine and apply the knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurobiology as it applies to altered thought, mood, perception and behaviour associated with mental illness.
- Critically examine a range of physical health problems and risk factors commonly associated with psychiatric treatment and/or mental illness.
- Apply integrated knowledge and critically explore the interactions between physical health problems and mental illness.
- Critique evidence-based treatments and management strategies for physical health problems in people who experience mental illness.
- Critically analyse how biological comorbidities can be applied to advanced mental health nursing practice.
Module 1. Introduction and Neurobiology
- Introduction to subject and basic pathophysiology.
- Homeostasis and cellular function
- Neuroanatomy and physiology associated with mental illness as it applies to altered thought, mood, perception and behaviour
- Neurobiology of mental illness
Module 2. Factors Affecting Health
- Nutrition and Diet
- Stress and chronic disease
Module 3. Specific Health Conditions
- Endocrine disorders
- Obesity and diabetes
- Cardiac disorders and metabolic syndrome
Module 4. Assessment and Interventions
- 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
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.
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- There is no essential textbook.
Subject Contact Gihane Endrawes Opens in new window