|Short Description:||Mental Health Care Across Life|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Nursing and Midwifery|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||060305 - Mental Health Nursing|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: NUR2000 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNSG
In this course students acquire knowledge and develop the attitudes and skills relevant to meet the needs of individuals and groups of people living with mental health problems. Emphasis is placed on contemporary nursing and evidence-based practice. Students will have the opportunity to integrate theory into practice and will use an ethical framework for decision-making and critical self-analysis to explore the concepts of prejudice and stigma. Students will explore the most common and pervasive mental illnesses burdening Australian society such as depression and suicide, substance-related disorders, and anxiety. Additionally, the nursing assessment and care of people with serious mental illness such as psychoses, affective disorders, thought disorders, and eating disorders will be introduced. The mental health needs of persons of diverse ages, from child hood to older adults, and those living in urban to rural communities will also be explored in order to be able to adapt approaches and understand resources and delivery models. Students will develop an understanding of the individual experience of mental illness, its symptomatology and evidence-based interventions including pharmacological and other therapeutic measures. In the clinical practice course: NUR3599 Mental Health Care in Practice students will be provided opportunities for application of the theoretical material presented in this course.