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NUR3599 Clinical C: Nursing Care for Mental Health

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : National Priority - Nursing
ASCED code : 060305 - Mental Health Nursing


Pre-requisite: NUR1099 and NUR1140 and NUR1200 and NUR2000 and NUR2199 and NUR2200 and NUR2800 and NSC2500 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNUR

Other requisites

Recommended Prior Study: NUR2100 & NUR3200. This course is not available for cross institutional study from other universities.


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 AA Situated : NUR2800 Simulated Practice 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.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2016 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 1, 2016 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2016 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 2, 2016 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 3, 2016 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 3, 2016 On-campus Toowoomba