NURS 7029 Mental Health Assessment and Application

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 400217

Coordinator Tracy Stanbrook Opens in new window

Description Assessment is an essential component of the nurse/client interaction in mental health/psychiatric nursing. Effective nursing depends on comprehensive, accurate, systematic and continuous data collection. This assists the nurse and client to accurately identify and document critical client issues and formulate management strategies. This unit prepares the student in the area of mental health assessment, in identifying the factors that affect individual/family mental health and applying this knowledge to decisions about appropriate interventions.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 4654 Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health), 4719 Master of Mental Health Nursing, 4720 Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing or 4721 Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing.

Assumed Knowledge

Students must be registered nurses with a basic knowledge of mental health, mental illness, and assessment processes at undergraduate level, augmented with experience in mental health settings.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. critically analyse mental health assessment within a recovery and therapeutic framework
  2. select and apply a variety of mental health assessment approaches
  3. examine and analyse the influences of cultural diversity for mental health assessment
  4. critically analyse legal, ethical and professional implications of mental health assessment and documentation
  5. conduct a comprehensive mental health nursing assessment with related documentation
  6. collaborate with client, family and others in decision-making processes

Subject Content

1. Overview of Mental Health Nursing Assessment
2. Principles of Assessment
- meaning, process and mechanics of assessment
- The assessment interview: principles
- dynamics of The interview
- observation of behaviour
- The history and pathways to effective planning
3. Specific Interview Techniques
- collaboration in assessment
- strengths model of assessment
- culture and assessment
- mental state Examination
- The family in assessment
- assessment of relationships problems
- assessment of The environment
- exploring psychosis
- Risk of violence
- Victimisation
- substance Abuse
- neurological Examination
- needs assessment
- assessment of mood (including Risk of suicide)
- assessment of personality Disorder
- assessment of anxiety
4. Documentation
- moral and Ethical Issues
- The whole person
5. Documentation of assessment and care plan

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
DVD triggered assessment 2,500 words 50 N Individual
Mental health assessment within a recovery and strengths based approach 2,500 words 50 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Barker, P.J. (2004). Assessment in psychiatric and mental health nursing: In search of the whole person (2nd ed.). Cheltenham: UK: Cengage Learning. AND EITHER
  • 1. Shea, S.C. (2017). Psychiatric interviewing: The art of understanding (3rd ed.). Edinburgh: Elsevier. OR
  • 2. Morrison, James. (2008) The First Interview (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Guildford Press. OR
  • 3. Morrison, J. (2014). The First Interview (4th ed.). New York, NY: Guildford Press. Online

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

Wsu Online

Internal

Subject Contact Tracy Stanbrook 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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2022 Trimester 2

Wsu Online

Online

Subject Contact Tracy Stanbrook 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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2022 Trimester 3

Wsu Online

Online

Subject Contact Tracy Stanbrook 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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