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Unit: Mental Health Nursing Practicum 1 PG (7490)

Level: PCredit Points: 3Contribution Band: 4, 1, 1, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Availability in 2012: (Also available in: 2010, 2011, 2014)

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3 hours per week. 


Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters in Mental Health Nursing courses.
In addition, to successfully complete this unit, students must be currently employed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a mental health related field, and complete 500 hours of clinical work in this context.  It is the student's responsibility to find this employment.


This unit forms a core facet of the Course by ensuring an authentic context for applying theoretical knowledge, utilising evidence-based interventions, gaining direct clinical experience in mental health, and reflecting upon this experience. Students must complete at least 500 hours of clinical practice, employed in a mental health related field. During this time, students will work closely with the unit convener on-line, and also face-to-face in the workplace, to reflect upon their experiences. Formal practice-based assessments will support this learning.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit, the student will be able to:
 - reflect upon and evaluate their clinical practice in light of Standards 1-4 of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) Standards of Practice;
 - reflect upon and evaluate their clinical practice in light of Standards 1 - 6 of the Australian National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce; and
 - achieve a proficient level of level of clinical practice in a mental health related field.

Referenced Courses

  • 359AA Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

Unit Level Key:

  • 1 - Offered in first year of course curriculum
  • 2 - Offered in second year of course curriculum
  • 3 - Offered in third year of course curriculum
  • 4 - Offered in fourth year of course curriculum
  • 5 - Offered in fifth year of course curriculum
  • G - Offered in graduate course curriculums
  • PG - Offered in postgraduate course curriculums
  • R - Offered in research course curriculums
  • H - Offered in honours course curriculums

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