NURS 7030 Mental Health Nursing Practice 1

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 400218

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Description This unit will assist the student to develop a comprehensive understanding of the nurse-client relationship in mental health nursing, presenting this relationship in its multiple contexts, (e.g., the interpersonal, cultural and socio-political), in order to appreciate factors influencing this relationship and the way it might be 'lived out' in practice. The unit assists students to understand: (1) the nurse-client relationship and its development; (2) the nature of the relationship between the client and nurse; (3) how skilled nurses use this relationship to assist their clients; and (4) how the type of relationship the nurse develops with the client frequently determines the quality of work they do together.

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 the 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 are required to be registered nurses with basic knowledge of mental health, mental illness, and assessment processes, augmented with experience in mental health settings.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. critically discuss factors that influence the nature of the relationship the client and nurse can develop
  2. critically discuss nurse-client relationships from the perspective of nurses and clients
  3. critically analyse theories and research concerning the nurse-client relationship
  4. identify and analyse specific notions regarding the structure, function and process of the nurse-client relationship, including essential elements, boundaries, milieu, and partnership
  5. evaluate outcomes emerging from skilled nursing as practiced through the vehicle of the nurse ?client relationship

Subject Content

1. The context of Mental Health Nursing
- mental health care reform
- Consumers perspectives
- contemporary mental health Nursing practice
2. Introducing the nurse-client relationship: What is it, how is it conceptualised, its history and attributes
3. Challenges to conceptualisations of the nurse-client relationship
4. Personal characteristics skills and self awareness in therapeutic nurse-client relationships
5. The skills of the nurse-client relationship
6. The nurse-client relationship in practice settings
7. Limitations and boundaries in the construction of nurse-client relationship
8. Clinical supervision and the nurse client relationship
9. The ?etherapeutic milieu?f and the therapeutic environment: therapeutic communities
10. Barriers to the nurse-client relationship: personal, contextual and socio-political


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
Submission of 2 completed series of tasks 2,500 words 50 N Individual
Essay: Special Populations 2,500 words 50 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • There is no essential textbook.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1



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