University of Technology Sydney

92436 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing

6cp; 3hpw (face-to-face tutorial), 80hrs (clinical)
Requisite(s): 48 credit points of completed study in spk(s): STM90330 Standard entry (BN) OR 48 credit points of completed study in spk(s): STM91040 Standard Program
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.



In this subject students learn concepts about mental health presentations and care generally and within the specialised context of mental health care settings, both acute and community-based. Students consider recovery as a context for mental health practice as they begin to explore different mental health issues and people who have experience of mental health challenges. As this is a foundational mental health clinical subject, students explore a range of skills in assessment such as mental state examination, risk assessment and attending to family and carers' needs. Students also begin to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills required for mental health nursing practice, therapeutic communication and reflective practice. This subject explores personal and professional resilience to better enable students to work effectively with complex presentations in mental health and generalist care settings.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

Spring session, City campus

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