This unit 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.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
The assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. In the first assessment task students will undertake an online test. 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.
Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):