Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:Summer Term, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: TOTAL: 214 hours (54 lectures, 160 clinical practicum) |
Total Time Commitment:
Students are expected to devote approximately 36 hours a week (for 3 weeks) to this subject and 40 hours per week for four weeks during clinical practicum.
A pass in the following prior to enrolment:
Study Period Commencement:
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||This subject requires students to actively and safely contribute to clinical activities. Students who think their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Nursing Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.|
CoordinatorMs Rita Funnell
Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Level 1, 200 Berkeley St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 13 MELB
F: +61 3 8344 4188
This subject introduces students to an understanding of the dimensions of the nursing role in mental health and illness of individuals across the life-span. Students will examine the principles and practices of psychiatric, mental health nursing for patients experiencing an acute or chronic mental illness. This subject will explore and discuss: National Mental Health Plan, major psychiatric disorders, mental health law, psychiatric nursing assessment, advocacy, consumer involvement, collaborative care models, and treatment services. The pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of psychotropic medication and issues related to medication management for people experiencing mental illness will be discussed.
In the clinical practicum under the guidance of clinical educators/ preceptors, students will gain experience in acute, sub acute or community psychiatric services that enable them to meet the learning objectives of this subject .
The major focus for the clinical practicum component of this subject is the integration of the principles of psychiatric mental health nursing and clinical decision making. On completion of the subject it is expected that students, while providing therapeutic interventions are able to incorporate the further collection of health assessment data and adjust care accordingly for 1-2 patients.
At the completion of this subject students should be able to:
Theoretical Component - 50%
Clinical Component - 50%
Elder, R., Evans, K., & Nizette, D. (2009). Psychiatric and mental health nursing (2nd ed.). Sydney: Elsevier Mosby
Stedman’s medical dictionary for the health professions and nursing. Australian and New Zealand Edition (5th ed.). (2005)
Perrin, R. (2009). Pocket guide to APA style (3rd ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin College.
Education Innovations. (2005). Nursing Calculations (Version 6.0.0). ( General Relativity Pty Ltd, CD-ROM 2005 release).
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Generic Skills:||At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate: |
|Links to further information:||http://www.nursing.unimelb.edu.au/|
Master of Nursing Science |
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