NURS 7031 Mental Health Nursing Practice 2

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 400219

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Description This unit is designed to challenge the student to consider evidence-based practice in mental health nursing. Nurses are required to be accountable for their clinical practice and to be able to argue the evidence for specific nursing interventions. Students undertake critical analysis of evidence-based practice in mental health nursing as a concept, a means of accountability, as a means of defining nursing knowledge. Students will apply evidence-based practice concepts to specific psychiatric disorders and problems.

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 4654 Graduate Diploma 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, augmented with experience in mental health settings.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. critically discuss the concept of evidence-based practice, its limitations and applications to mental health nursing practice
  2. analyse the basis of nursing knowledge in mental health nursing
  3. critically analyse the evidence for nursing practice in specific disorders and problems: psychosis, depression, suicidal behaviour, aggression and anger, borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders
  4. evaluate the nursing practice implications for a collaborative philosophy of care
  5. evaluate the role of family in the collaborative process

Subject Content

1. Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and mental health nursing
2. Barriers and limitations to EBP in mental health nursing
3. Determining the effectiveness of clinical practice in mental health nursing
4. Constructing mental health nursing knowledge
5. Evaluation of nursing interventions with persons experiencing:
- psychosis
- Depression
- suicidal behaviour
- aggressive behaviour
- unresolved Trauma
- anxiety or eating disorders


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
Critique, evaluation 300 words x 10 Evaluation 50 N Individual
Essay 2000 words 50 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • There is no essential textbook.

Teaching Periods




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