NURS 7072 Mental Health Nursing Practice

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Tai Kwok Opens in new window

Description Mental Health Nursing Practice develops knowledge and skills to support nursing practice when providing care for people with mental health issues in a range of health care settings. It explores contemporary models of care such as recovery-oriented practice, trauma-informed care, and social determinants approach. Students will develop awareness and plan evidence-based initiatives that promote mental health, prevent and intervene early in illness, facilitate recovery, and promote wellbeing. The unit includes 80 hours of clinical placement.

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 4785 - Master of Nursing Practice (Graduate Entry).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Reflect on the application of appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes in mental health nursing integrating knowledge of safety and quality standards
  2. Identify ethical, legal and professional issues across the lifespan that may influence the therapeutic relationship with mental health consumers, carers, and significant others
  3. Utilise a lifespan approach to develop person centred professional therapeutic relationships with mental health consumers, carers, and significant others using empathic and compassionate language
  4. Participate in supporting the rights of mental health consumers to lead their treatment and recovery process, and the rights of carers and significant others with the consumer�fs conse

Subject Content

1. Lived experience of mental health consumers and carers, and consumer and carer partnership in recovery, care, and treatment
2. Positive images from across the lifespan about people with mental illness, promoting positive messages, challenging discrimination, and showing images of recovery, strengths, and full community participation
3. Building professional therapeutic relationships with mental health consumers, carers and families using empathic communication skills
4. Development of mental health assessment skills across the lifespan, including comprehensive assessment of mental health consumers, carers and families, risk and strength assessments, triage, and diagnostic categories
5. Mental health issues across the lifespan, for example, loss and grief, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, depression, suicide, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, trauma, substance use, dual diagnosis, and personality disorders
6. Knowledge of regional, national and global health priorities related to mental health promotion and person-centred early intervention strategies across the life span
7. Principles of psychopharmacology and mental health nursing care related to: ? NMBA Registered Nurse standards for practice ? Best Practice Guidelines ? Hospital policy and procedure manual, National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards
8. Contemporary models of care such as recovery-oriented practice, trauma-informed care, and social determinants approach
9. Assessment, treatment, and support of physical health needs of people with mental health issues
10. Legal, professional, and ethical issues including relevant legislation, key Commonwealth, state and territory policies, duty of care, restraint and seclusion, social action and social justice
11. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing
12. Effect of cultural and social factors in mental illness on individuals, families, and communities, for example, ethnicity, gender, LGBTIQ, migration and refugee experiences, poverty, discrimination.

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Special Requirements Legislative Prerequisites

To be eligible to enrol in a subject and attend a health-related placement in your program, students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements and Special Legislative Requirements to be assessed in their first year of study against the following:
1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current (expiring 3 years from date of issue) check valid for their entire program. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the NSW HealthShare Employment Screening and Review Unit
International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration.
2. A NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter issued under the category of volunteer valid for their entire program.
3. A current approved first aid certificate valid for their entire program,  Approved provider courses can be found at
4. A completed vaccination/immunisation card with all serology results containing expiry dates and currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for their entire program.
5. NSW Undertaking/Declaration form.
6. Completed any additional health forms required (such as NSW Health Code of Conduct, Health Student Undertaking/Declaration and Tuberculosis (TB) Assessment Tool).
7. Relevant Local Health District specific documentation as requested. Contact your School for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub website


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
Professional Task 20 minutes S/U Y Individual
Professional Placement Performance 80 hours S/U Y Individual
Reflection 1000 words S/U Y Individual
Participation 100% S/U Y Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


Subject Contact Tai Kwok 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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