NURS 7030 Mental Health Nursing Practice 1
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 400218
Coordinator Gillian Murphy Opens in new window
Description This subject 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 subject 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
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 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.
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.
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Critically discuss how the theoretical perspectives of the therapeutic relationship can inform nursing practice.
- Evaluate how current models of care such as Recovery Orientated Care and Trauma Informed Care improve consumer outcomes.
- Critique ideas about the structure, function and process of the therapeutic relationship, such as boundaries, milieu and collaborative care.
- Evaluate outcomes emerging from skilled nursing practice that improve health outcomes that result from the therapeutic relationship.
5. Investigate processes for changing practices in clinical settings in accordance with current models of care to improve health outcomes for consumers.
1. The context of Mental Health Nursing
i. Mental Health Care reform
ii. Consumers perspectives
iii. Contemporary Mental Health Nursing Practice: Recovery Orientated Care, Trauma Informed Care and Safewards
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 ‘therapeutic milieu’ 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.
- There is no essential textbook.
Subject Contact Gillian Murphy Opens in new window