This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the nursing care and management of a person with a mental health condition.  This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - undertaken nursing work in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia professional practice standards, codes and guidelines, and; - analysed, planned and evaluated the health care of 2 people with a mental health condition, using health information and clinical presentation to reach a conclusion of possible nursing interventions appropriate to their mental health condition, and in consultation with a registered nurse in the workplace.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - application of nursing theory to a mental health context; - social, psychological, cognitive and physical factors associated with mental health conditions; - consumer and carer perspectives on mental health care; - impact of stigma, discrimination, culture and belief systems on a person with a mental health condition; - common mental health conditions by classification or disorder, and their treatment and management; - appropriate response to a person in distress or crisis; - common behaviours associated with a range of mental health conditions, and the effect of behaviours on the person and others; - how to manage challenging behaviours including recognising triggers and deflecting them, using active listening and observation skills; - the principles of recovery in the mental health context; - national framework for recovery-orientated mental health services (Australian Government); - key features of the mental health legislation; - definition of key terms associated with mental illness, and; - strategies for managing oral health issues and possible causes such as the side effects of medication, poor nutrition and reduced motivation for self-care.

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