NUR3599 Clinical C: Nursing Care for Mental Health
Pre-requisite: NUR1140 and NUR1200 and NUR2099 and NUR2199 and NUR 2000 and NUR2200 and Students must be enrolled in Program: BNUR
Recommended Prior Study: NUR2100 & NSC2500
Students will complete 160 hours of clinical practice in either a primary, secondary or tertiary health care setting directed to the care of Mental Health clients. Student placements may include rural and remote hospitals, tertiary hospitals, acute inpatient facilities within general hospital settings, community health care centres, correctional facilities, aged care mental health facilities, and drug rehabilitation centres. The course will provide facilitated or preceptored clinical placement opportunities for students to demonstrate competency as assessed in the Clinical Performance Evaluation Tool which partially fulfils requirements of the National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse. This clinical course facilitates the transfer of skills and knowledge gained in other courses into hands-on delivery of care in the diverse settings of Mental Health Care. Students will be expected to integrate pre and co-requisite theory, such as NUR2200: Mental Health Nursing; NUR2199: Clinical Practice AA: and NSC2500 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology for Nurses to augment clinical knowledge and experience to demonstrate holistic, culturally appropriate and effective mental health nursing practice.. Strategies are guided by the Standards of Practice for Australian Mental Health Nursing (ACMHN 2010) as a framework for decision making. Conceptual and professional development will be facilitated through critical reflective processes and the identification and implementation of evidenced based practice.