School Of Nursing And Midwifery

Mental Health Nursing Practice 1Western Sydney University Unit Code: 400218.2


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Students are required to be registered nurses with basic knowledge of mental health, mental illness, and assessment processes, augmented with experience in mental health settings.

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health), 4719 Master of Mental Health Nursing, 4720 Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing or 4721 Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing.

About this Unit
This unit will assist the student to develop a comprehensive understanding of the nurse-client relationship in mental health nursing, presenting this relationship in its multiple contexts, (e.g., the interpersonal, cultural and socio-political), in order to appreciate factors influencing this relationship and the way it might be 'lived out' in practice. The unit assists students to understand: (1) the nurse-client relationship and its development; (2) the nature of the relationship between the client and nurse; (3) how skilled nurses use this relationship to assist their clients; and (4) how the type of relationship the nurse develops with the client frequently determines the quality of work they do together.

4719.1Master of Mental Health NursingCURRENT
4720.1Graduate Diploma in Mental Health NursingCURRENT
4721.1Graduate Certificate in Mental Health NursingCURRENT

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