This unit introduces students to Psychology, Mental Health and IIlness. It aims to build on the communication and assessment skills developed in previous units of study. In addition, the objective is to develop students' knowledge, skills and attitudes in the promotion of mental health. The unit provides the knowledge and skills students require to meet the needs of people with altered mental health status in hospital and community settings. It also complements the information provided in 'RBM2202 Pathophysiology & Quality Use of Medicines 2.'

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HNB3227

Prerequisites

HNB2107 - Nursing Professional Practice 1

HNB1204 - Foundations of Nursing and Midwifery 2

RBM2202 - Pathophysiology & Quality Use of Medicines 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Outline major theories of human development.  
  2. Authenticate the importance of professional practice including confidentiality and patient privacy associated with the provision of foundational nursing and midwifery care.  
  3. Describe the theoretical bases of mental health nursing and the delivery of mental health services in Australia.  
  4. Articulate knowledge of determinants of mental illness, clinical manifestations and psychopathology.  
  5. Interrogate the legislative and ethical foundations of mental health care and treatment, in particular the roles and responsibilities of the nurse under the Victorian Mental Health Act.  
  6. Discuss mental health nursing care for individuals and families with anxiety, mood and psychotic disorders.  
  7. Appraise common therapeutic modalities, including psychopharmacology.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Three (3) online tests (15 minutes each) 15%
Assignment Written assessment (1000 words) 25%
Examination Written examination (2 hours) 60%

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