This unit (HNB2002) explores person-centred care in mental health bridging the lifespan from infant to older adult. The unit will examine mental health disorders integrating neurobiology, pathophysiology and population health to enhance the students understanding of mental illness. Students will be introduced to policy and legislative frameworks that govern service provision in mental health settings. Using biopsychosocial frameworks, they will apply critical thinking and clinical reasoning to formulate nursing assessment and management of people with selected mental health conditions across the lifespan. Nursing management will be informed by the principle of partnering with consumers and carers, knowledge from lived experience and human rights, and cultural safety. Students will develop their therapeutic and professional communication skills.

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HNB1003 - Professional Experience Placement 1 Nursing

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Review how the regulatory frameworks, standards and codes of practice and ethics, and government policies guide the safe delivery of evidence based person-centred mental health care;  
  2. Articulate knowledge and skills in psychiatric assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation and documentation of care to formulate nursing management of people with selected mental health conditions across the lifespan using digital health;  
  3. Appraise population health and nursing-related theories of mental distress to examine mental illness across the lifespan;  
  4. Contextualise clinical reasoning and critical thinking when planning and implementing recovery oriented, trauma informed nursing care to people with anxiety, mood and psychotic disorders across the lifespan;  
  5. Critically reflect on their professional and therapeutic communication using the principles of partnering with consumers and carers and taking into account Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other cultures and people of diversity; and  
  6. Exhibit knowledge in pathophysiology and the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics in psychotropic medication.  


The assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. In the first assessment task students will develop a poster that draws on the regulatory framework that guides mental health service delivery. The second assessment task requires students to apply professional and therapeutic communication and assessment skills in an interview they conduct, videotape and submit for assessment. The third assessment requires students to collect a range of artefacts of learning activities undertaken that demonstrate functional knowledge of assessment and interventions utilised in mental health settings.
Assessment type Description Grade
Poster Poster exploring evidence based mental health care. (500 words Group Work) 15%
Other OSCA - Videoed Interview of applying professional and therapeutic communication skills. 35%
Portfolio Portfolio of assessment and interventions in mental health nursing. (2000 words) 50%
To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend 85% of all practical laboratories and clinical simulations for essential skill development as per ANMAC expectations and submit all assessment items. Any absences and non-submissions must be supported with documentation to the unit convenor. Attendance requirements for simulation classes are integral to safe nursing practice and prepare students for Professional Experience Placement (PEP).

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