Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:Summer Term, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: TOTAL: 178 hours (18 hours lectures, 160 hours professional placement experience) |
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In addition students are expected to devote approximately 6 hours of self directed study per week to this subject.
A pass in the following prior to enrolment:
Study Period Commencement:
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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 Bronwyn Tarrant
Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Alan Gilbert Building,
This subject builds on the knowledge gained in Foundations of Nursing and further develops understanding of the dimensions of the nursing role in mental health promotion and the provision of care for people experiencing mental health issues. The principles and practices of mental health presentations are reviewed as discussion focuses on deepening understanding of the National Mental Health Plan, major psychiatric disorders, mental health law, psychiatric nursing assessment, collaborative care models, and service providers. The pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of psychotropic medication and issues related to medication management for people experiencing mental health issues will be explored.
During the professional experience placement under the guidance of clinical educators/ preceptors, students will participate in collaborative, inter-professional mental health care. They will gain experience in acute, sub acute or community mental health/psychiatric services that will enable them ot combine general nursing expertise with beginning skills in mental health assessment and care.
The major focus for the clinical practicum component of this subject is the integration of the principles of 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:
Attendance at all Professional Experience Placement days is compulsory
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Stedman’s medical dictionary for the health professions and nursing. (2005). Australian andNew Zealand Edition (5th ed.).
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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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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