School Of Nursing And Midwifery

Contemporary Professional Practice in Mental Health NursingWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 400220.2


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 a postgraduate course.

About this Unit
Professional practice in Mental Health Nursing is continually evolving to meet changing social, political and legal requirements related to mental health issues. These requirements include changes in social and political understandings of mental illness and the rights and responsibilities of consumers, carers and providers. There has also been increased emphasis on health promotion, prevention and education in population specific contexts (eg, aged care, child and family, adolescent mental health, alcohol and other drugs services). Mental Health Nurses thus face challenges to develop practice that is congruent with the context of these changing requirements. This unit aims to provide a basis of inquiry into contemporary practice(s) from which the nurse can build an ongoing understanding and appreciation of changing influences.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Students require access to a computer and the internet to be able to engage in the required activities on vUWS and submission of assignments.

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