Mental Health Nursing in Acute Care

10 Units

This course provides students with an opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in mental health nursing. The course includes holistic assessment, identifying risk factors, clinical formulation, diagnostic impressions and treatment planning of mental health presentations in the acute care setting. Students will be encouraged to explore a collaborative and recovery based approach to treatment that recognises contributing factors including the role of the consumer, cultural sensitivities, and co-morbid physical health problems on mental health and wellbeing.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery
Availability Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Review current understandings of the role of stress, genetic vulnerability and environmental factors on acute mental health presentations
  2. Demonstrate advanced holistic assessment skills in the acute care setting
  3. Develop clinical formulations that include mental health and physical health issues and diagnostic impressions to guide treatment planning
  4. Demonstrate skills in developing comprehensive consumer informed treatment plans including consumer and carer involvement
  5. Display an ability to assess for and identify a range of risk factors associated with acute mental health presentations
  6. Recognise the significant impact of co-morbid physical health problems on the mental health and well-being of consumers
  7. Understand the role of psychopharmacology in the acute setting
  8. Examine ethical dilemmas, issues related to cultural safety and vulnerable populations (such as Indigenous Australians) relevant to the delivery of care in acute care settings
  1. Assessment, formulation, diagnosis
  2. Care planning in the acute care setting
  3. Biological interventions in the acute care setting
  4. Preventing and managing co-morbid physical health conditions that impact on mental health
Assumed Knowledge Foundations of nursing knowledge, nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgment, synthesis and evaluation. Ability to conceptualise practice. Demonstrated Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies.
Assessment Items
  • Online Learning Activity: Introductory Blog
  • Online Learning Activity: Online discussion and participation in Blogs
  • Quiz: On-line Quizzes
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignment 1
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignment 2

Contact Hours


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Course Materials
  • Physical Care of People with Mental Health Problems
  • Psychopharmacology : Practice and Contexts
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for NURS6055
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